Gus Williams (basketball)

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Gus Williams
Gus Williams 1981.JPG
Williams in 1981
Personal information
Born (1953-10-10) October 10, 1953 (age 64)
Mount Vernon, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Mount Vernon
(Mount Vernon, New York)
College USC (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career 1975–1987
Position Point guard
Number 1
Career history
19751977 Golden State Warriors
19771984 Seattle SuperSonics
19841986 Washington Bullets
1987 Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 14,093 (17.1 ppg)
Assists 4,597 (5.6 apg)
Steals 1,638 (2.0 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gus Williams (born October 10, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player most noted for his play with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, although he also played for the Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks.

Williams played high school basketball at Mount Vernon, where he was selected player of the year in 1971 by the New York State Sportswriters Association. He played college basketball at the University of Southern California.

Williams was selected in the second round of the 1975 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors and in the first round of the 1975 ABA draft by the Spirits of St. Louis. Williams signed with the Warriors for the 1975–76 season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.[1] Williams played only two seasons with the Warriors and was allowed to leave as a free agent before the 1977–78 season, signing with the Seattle SuperSonics.

While with Seattle, he was twice selected to the NBA All-Star Game, and was an All-NBA First Team (1982) and All-NBA Second Team (1980) selection. Williams, whose style of play earned him the nickname "the Wizard",[2] led the Sonics to the 1979 championship while averaging team high 28.6 points per game in the Finals. While in the prime of his career, Williams sat out the entire 1980–81 season due to a contract dispute. He played two more seasons with the Sonics after that. In 1983, he signed with the Washington Bullets. During the 1984–85 season Williams played alongside the similarly named Guy Williams. He finished his career with a 17.1 point-per-game scoring average in a career spanning 12 years from 1975 to 1987. In 2004 Williams' #1 jersey was retired by the Sonics. In 2016 Williams' jersey was retired by USC.

Williams' younger brother Ray (1954–2013) also played in the NBA.[3]

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
Denotes season in which Williams won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1975–76 Golden State 77 22.4 .428 .742 2.1 3.1 1.8 0.3 11.7
1976–77 Golden State 82 23.5 .464 .747 2.8 3.6 1.5 0.2 9.3
1977–78 Seattle 79 32.6 .451 .817 3.2 3.7 2.3 0.5 18.1
1978–79 Seattle 76 29.8 .495 .775 3.2 4.0 2.1 0.4 19.2
1979–80 Seattle 82 36.2 .482 .194 .788 3.4 4.8 2.4 0.5 22.1
1981–82 Seattle 80 80 36.0 .486 .225 .734 3.1 6.9 2.2 0.5 23.4
1982–83 Seattle 80 80 34.5 .477 .047 .751 2.6 8.0 2.3 0.3 20.0
1983–84 Seattle 80 80 35.2 .458 .160 .750 2.6 8.4 2.4 0.3 18.7
1984–85 Washington 79 78 37.5 .430 .290 .725 2.5 7.7 2.3 0.4 20.0
1985–86 Washington 77 67 29.7 .428 .259 .734 2.2 5.9 1.2 0.2 13.5
1986–87 Atlanta 33 0 14.6 .363 .278 .675 1.2 4.2 0.5 0.2 4.5
Career 825 385 31.1 .461 .238 .756 2.7 5.6 2.0 0.4 17.1
All-Star 2 1 20.5 .429 .000 1.000 1.5 6.5 1.0 0.0 14.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976 Golden State 11 16.2 .353 .667 1.3 2.4 1.0 0.0 6.7
1977 Golden State 10 18.4 .500 .857 1.5 2.5 0.8 0.1 8.8
1978 Seattle 22 31.9 .477 .726 3.9 4.0 2.0* 0.5 18.3
1979 Seattle 17 36.4 .476 .709 4.1 3.7 2.0 0.6 26.7
1980 Seattle 15 37.6 .514 .200 .721 4.0 5.6 2.3 0.5 23.7
1982 Seattle 8 39.4 .441 .333 .786 3.3 8.1 1.6 0.6 26.3
1983 Seattle 2 40.5 .553 .000 .867 3.5 4.0 2.5 0.0 32.5
1984 Seattle 5 43.0 .510 .333 .714 2.4 11.4 1.6 0.6 23.4
1985 Washington 4 4 39.8 .423 .300 .750 2.0 5.0 1.3 0.3 18.0
1986 Washington 5 5 39.8 .481 .100 .778 2.0 6.6 2.2 0.0 18.2
Career 99 9 32.5 .476 .231 .737 3.1 4.7 1.8 0.4 19.5

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BasketballReference.com Gus Williams page
  2. ^ "Gus Williams". NBA.com. 
  3. ^ BASN's Hometown Hero Archived 2007-12-11 at the Wayback Machine., by Peter Vecsey; published on Mar 13, 2007

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