Jawad Williams

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Jawad Williams
Jawad Williams Paris-Levallois action.JPG
Williams in action for Paris-Levallois
No. 31 – Royal Halı Gaziantep
Position Forward
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1983-02-19) February 19, 1983 (age 32)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
College North Carolina (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)
2006 Fayetteville Patriots (D-League)
2006–2007 Anaheim Arsenal (D-League)
2007–2008 Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (Japan)
2008 Hapoel Galil Elyon (Israel)
2008–2009 Cleveland Cavaliers
2009 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2009–2010 Cleveland Cavaliers
2011 Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
2011–2014 Paris-Levallois (France)
2014 Pınar Karşıyaka (Turkey)
2014–present Royal Halı Gaziantep (Turkey)
Career highlights and awards

Jawad Hason Williams (born February 19, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League. He played high school basketball at St. Edward High School of Lakewood, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) and collegiately for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

High school career[edit]

While at St. Edward, Williams played limited time as a freshman on a team anchored by Sam Clancy, Jr. and Steve Logan that went on to win the OHSAA state title.[1] During his later years in high school, he was named first team All-Ohio and named to numerous All-American teams. He was named AP and Gatorade Player of the Year for Ohio and played in the McDonald's All-American Game.

Collegiate career[edit]

Williams played collegiate basketball under coaches Matt Doherty and Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He started as a senior for the Tar Heel team that won the 2005 NCAA tournament. Williams averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in his senior season.[2] He graduated from UNC in 2005 with a B.A. in African-American studies.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Williams during his tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Williams was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft. However, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA during the 2006–2007 season. He appeared in four preseason games for the Clippers, starting one, but did not make the final roster.

After playing in Spain, Japan and Israel,[4][5] Williams joined the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team in July, 2008 and made the team's training camp roster.[6] On October 23, the Cavs waived veteran guard Ronald Dupree, and Williams became a full-fledged member of an NBA team for the first time in his career. His contract was nonguaranteed until January 10, 2009, after which time the contract would have been guaranteed.[4]

Williams played in his first regular season NBA game and scored his first points on December 12, 2008, against the Philadelphia 76ers.[7] Williams became the sixth member of North Carolina's 2005 National Championship team to play in the NBA, joining Rashad McCants, Sean May, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams, and David Noel.

Williams was waived by the Cavs on January 7, 2009. Five days after being released from the Cavs he re-signed with the team with a 10-day contract.[8] He was released on February 2 after his second 10-day contract expired. He then joined the D-League with Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 14. On April 8, he was re-signed to a contract for the rest of the season.

On February 9, 2010, Williams put up a career high in points with 17 to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 28 minutes of play.

In the 2010 offseason, Jawad signed to play with the Cavs for the 2010-11 NBA season.[9] On December 27, 2010, Williams was again waived by the Cavs.[10]

In the February of 2011, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel.[11] For the 2011-12 season, Williams signed with Paris-Levallois Basket in France, rejoining college teammate David Noel. Williams stayed with Paris-Levallois for the 2012-13 season, but while Noel left Williams was joined by former college teammate Sean May.[12] Paris-Levallois waived him on January 15, 2014.[13] In the February of 2014, he signed with Pınar Karşıyaka of Turkey for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[14]

College Statistics[edit]

Team Years PPG
North Carolina 2002–2005 13.1

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

(Correct as of 2010–11 season[15])
2008–09 Cleveland 10 0 2.0 .417 .333 .000 .2 .0 .1 .0 1.2
2009–10 Cleveland 54 6 13.7 .393 .323 .711 1.5 .6 .2 .1 4.1
2010–11 Cleveland 26 1 15.0 .325 .289 .750 1.8 .8 .3 .1 4.0
Career 90 7 12.8 .369 .313 .719 1.5 .6 .2 .1 3.8


2010 Cleveland 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 0
Career 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 0


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