Art Williams

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Art Williams
Personal information
Born(1939-09-29)September 29, 1939
Bonham, Texas
DiedSeptember 27, 2018(2018-09-27) (aged 78)
San Diego, California
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolSan Diego (San Diego, California)
CollegeCal Poly Pomona (1961–1962)
Playing career1967–1975
PositionPoint guard
Number14, 7, 8, 30
Career history
19671970San Diego Rockets
19701974Boston Celtics
1974–1975San Diego Conquistadors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points2,892 (5.3 ppg)
Rebounds1,712 (3.1 rpg)
Assists2,397 (4.4 apg)
Stats at

Arthur T. Williams (September 29, 1939 – September 27, 2018), also known as Hambone Williams, was an American professional basketball player.

A 6'1" guard from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Williams played seven seasons (1967–1974) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the San Diego Rockets and Boston Celtics. Williams became the second player in NBA history to record a triple-double within his first four NBA games, joining Oscar Robertson.[1] He averaged 5.3 points per game in his career and won an NBA Championship with Boston in 1974. He received his nickname in junior high when someone called out, "hambone" and he turned around.[2]

Williams also played briefly with the San Diego Conquistadors of the American Basketball Association in 1974–1975.

After suffering a stroke, Williams died on September 27, 2018 at the age of 78.[3]

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  1. ^ CBS Sports. Retrieved 2017-Oct-25.
  2. ^ Villa, Walter (October 30, 2012). "Fan gets chance to repay former Boston Celtics player Art 'Hambone' Williams". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on November 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Krasovic, Tom. "Former San Diego High star (and Celtics champion) "Hambone" Williams dies". Retrieved 1 October 2018.

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