Alan Williams (basketball)

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Alan Williams
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Williams playing for the Suns in 2016
No. 15 – Phoenix Suns
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 24)
Phoenix, Arizona
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school North (Phoenix, Arizona)
College UC Santa Barbara (2011–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–2016 Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles
2016–present Phoenix Suns
2016 Northern Arizona Suns
Career highlights and awards

Alan Travis Williams (born January 28, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for UC Santa Barbara before beginning his professional career with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2015.

High school career[edit]

Williams attended North High School. After playing in just one game as a freshman and averaging just 3.5 points as a sophomore, Williams averaged 12.5 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game as a junior in 2009–10.[1] As a senior in 2010–11, he averaged 22.1 points, 16.2 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 assists, leading North to a Metro Region championship and to the Class 5A quarterfinals. He was named Arizona State Player of the Year that season.[2]

College career[edit]

Williams played four seasons of college basketball for UC Santa Barbara between 2011 to 2015, finishing his career as the Gauchos' all-time leader in rebounds and second all-time leading scorer. As a junior in 2013–14, he was named the Big West Conference Player of the Year. He also earned first-team All-Big West honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and led the NCAA in rebounding as a junior and senior.[2][3] In 112 games (101 starts) over his four-year career, Williams averaged 15.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.9 blocks in 27.0 minutes per game.[2][4]

Professional career[edit]

2015 NBA Summer League[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Williams played for the Charlotte Hornets (three games in Orlando) and Houston Rockets (four games in Las Vegas) during the 2015 NBA Summer League. For his play with the Rockets in Las Vegas, he earned All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors.[5]

Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles (2015–2016)[edit]

On July 25, 2015, Williams signed a one-year deal with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association.[3][6] He appeared in 35 of the team's 38 games during the 2015–16 season, as the Eagles missed a playoff berth with a 16–22 win/loss record. Over those 35 games, he averaged 20.8 points, a league-leading 15.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.[7]

Phoenix Suns (2016–present)[edit]

On March 8, 2016, Williams signed a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns.[8] He made his NBA debut on March 17 during a 103–69 loss to the Utah Jazz, recording one point and one steal in two minutes.[9] The following day, he signed a multi-year deal with the Suns.[10] On April 9, he recorded a then season-high seven rebounds in a 121–100 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[11] In the Suns' season finale on April 13, Williams recorded his first double-double in the NBA with season highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds (alongside 3 blocks) in a 114–105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[12]

With the Suns' Summer League team in 2016, Williams was the only player to average a double-double throughout the event, averaging 11.8 points and a league-leading 11.2 rebounds over six games,[13] which earned him All-NBA Summer League First Team honors.[14] On September 1, 2016, his contract for the 2016–17 season was fully guaranteed by the Suns.[15][16] On November 18, 2016, he had a season-best game with 15 points and 15 rebounds in a 116–96 win over the Indiana Pacers.[17] On December 14, he was assigned to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA Development League.[18] He was recalled the next day.[19] On February 10, 2017, he had 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with a season-high four blocks in a 115–97 win over the Chicago Bulls. With Tyson Chandler sustaining an injury early in the game and Alex Len missing the game with a suspension, Williams made the most of his 24 minutes on the court.[20] On February 24, 2017, he scored a then season-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting in 15 minutes off the bench in a 128–121 overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.[21] Two days later, he scored a career-high 17 points and tied his career high with 15 rebounds in a 100–96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks,[22] becoming just the 10th NBA player with multiple 15/15 games in his first 35 career games in the past 19 seasons.[23] On March 5, Williams had 11 points and matched his career best with 15 rebounds in a 109–106 win over the Boston Celtics.[24] On March 9, he had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double off the bench in a 122–110 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.[25] He became the first player in Suns history with five straight double-doubles off the bench.[26][27] That streak would end two days later with Williams recording 10 points and 5 rebounds in a 100–98 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Phoenix 10 0 6.8 .417 .000 .643 3.8 .5 .6 .2 2.9
Career 10 0 6.8 .417 .000 .643 3.8 .5 .6 .2 2.9

Personal life[edit]

Williams' father, Cody Sr., is a Justice of the Peace for Maricopa County,[7] while his mother, Jeri, is the Chief of Police in Phoenix.[28][29] His younger brother, Cody Jr., also attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Williams' Basketball Stats – MaxPreps
  2. ^ a b c "UCSB bio". UCSBGauchos.com. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Alan Williams Signs Deal to Play Professionally in China". UCSBGauchos.com. July 28, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "#15 Alan Williams". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kyle Anderson Named 2015 NBA Summer League MVP". NBA.com. July 19, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Charania, Shams (July 25, 2015). "Alan Williams Signs One-Year Deal With Qingdao In China". RealGM.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Coro, Paul (March 7, 2016). "Suns to sign Phoenix native Alan Williams to 10-day contract". AZCentral.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Suns Sign Alan Williams". NBA.com. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ingles scores 15, Jazz beat Suns 103-69". NBA.com. March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Suns Sign Alan Williams to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Goodwin, Teletovic lead Suns over Pelicans 121-100". NBA.com. April 9, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Teletovic's 22 leads Suns past Clippers reserves, 114-105". NBA.com. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Alan Williams, Tyler Ulis Named All-Summer League". NBA.com. July 17, 2016. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Wolves' Tyus Jones named 2016 Summer League MVP". NBA.com. July 18, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ Coro, Paul (September 1, 2016). "Alan Williams' Phoenix Suns contract becomes guaranteed". AZCentral.com. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ Emerick, Tyler (September 2, 2016). "Phoenix Suns Guarantee Alan Williams' 2016-17 Contract". NBA.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Brandon Knight scores 17 points, Suns beat Pacers 116-96". ESPN.com. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Suns Assign Ulis, Williams to Northern Arizona". NBA.com. December 14, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  19. ^ Cunningham, Cody (December 15, 2016). "Suns Recall Ulis, Williams, Jones From Northern Arizona". NBA.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Booker scores 27 points, Suns roll past Bulls 115-97". ESPN.com. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Wade, Butler lead Bulls over Suns 128-121 in overtime". ESPN.com. February 24, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Antetokounmpo scores 28, Bucks beat Suns 100-96". ESPN.com. February 26, 2017. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  23. ^ Argent, Rod (March 6, 2017). "Center of the Sun: Tyler Ulis & the Phoenix Suns go 3-1 for the week!". brightsideofthesun.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Ulis hits 3 at buzzer, Suns beat Celtics in wild finish". ESPN.com. March 5, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Russell scores 28, Lakers finally win in Phoenix 122-110". ESPN.com. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  26. ^ King, Dave (March 10, 2017). "Suns lose the game, but win in all other respects". brightsideofthesun.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  27. ^ Cunningham, Cody (March 10, 2017). "Alan Williams Breaks Suns' Franchise Record vs Lakers". NBA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  28. ^ Spar, Jerry (June 9, 2015). "NBA DRAFT PROSPECT PROFILE: UC SANTA BARBARA C/PF ALAN WILLIAMS". GreenStreet.weei.com. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  29. ^ Cassidy, Megan; Gardiner, Dustin (July 13, 2016). "Phoenix makes history with hire of female police chief". azcentral.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  30. ^ Coro, Paul (November 23, 2016). "Phoenix Suns' Alan Williams, family thankful for dream jobs". AZCentral.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 

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