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Kelly Williams

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Kelly Williams
Kelly Williams - TNT - 2015-1206 (23466696712).jpg
No. 21 – TNT KaTropa
Position Power forward / Center
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1982-02-07) February 7, 1982 (age 35)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality Filipino / American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Martin Luther King
(Detroit, Michigan)
College Oakland (2000–2004)
PBA draft 2006 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Sta. Lucia Realtors
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2010 Sta. Lucia Realtors
2010–present Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters / TNT Tropang Texters / Tropang TNT / TNT KaTropa
Career highlights and awards

Kelly Williams (born February 7, 1982) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for the TNT KaTropa of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).[1] Williams, a former PBA Most Valuable Player,[2][3] played collegiate basketball at Oakland University, an NCAA Division I school in the United States, and he also represented the Philippines in international competitions.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan[4] to an American father and a Filipina mother. He attended Martin Luther King High School[5] where he earned four varsity letters in basketball under head coach Benny White in the Detroit PSL basketball league.[6] He was elected the team's co-captain in 2000, the same year that he led the Crusaders to the state semi-finals.[7] Williams is a two-time all-league honoree.[8]

As a senior, Williams was named an all-district and all-state player as he averaged 35 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, three steals, and two assists per contest.[7] During that time, the Crusaders were ranked in the state as high as number one, and was only defeated in the semi-final round of the state championships.[7]

Williams completed high school in 2000. During his four years, Martin Luther King had a 68–16 win-loss record.[6]

College career[edit]

Williams attended Oakland University for four years,[9] with the highlight of his career coming in his freshman year when the Grizzlies upset the University of Michigan.

  • 2000–2001: Williams scored 18 points in Oakland's upset of Michigan on November 17, 2000. As a rookie, he ranked among the team leaders in scoring (6th), rebounding (1st), assists (4th) and steals (3rd).[10]
  • 2001–2002: Williams played in every game for the Golden Grizzlies as a sophomore.[9]
  • 2002–2003: Williams played in every game for a third straight year for OU in 2002–2003, finishing third on the squad in rebounding.[9]
  • 2003–2004: Williams had a solid senior season, ranking among the team leaders in scoring (4th), rebounding (3rd), assists (4th) and steals (4th).[11]

College statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  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

[10][11][12][13]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000-01 Oakland University 28 26.0 .341 .321 .678 5.7 1.71 .9 .5 5.6
2001-02 Oakland University 30 20.1 .385 .191 .645 4.0 .7 1.8 .2 3.6
2002-03 Oakland University 28 22.3 .370 .283 .645 4.4 1.1 .8 .2 3.8
2003-04 Oakland University 30 27.0 .352 .320 .813 3.8 2.2 1.2 .2 5.7

Amateur career[edit]

In 2004, Williams was spotted by then Philippine National Team head coach Chot Reyes[1][14] after the latter liked the former's work ethic and style of play. Reyes invited Williams to try out for the Philippine Team. Williams agreed to it, ensuing his arrival at the local basketball scene.[15]

After displaying skills in exhibition games with the Philippine Team, he caught the attention of Filipino basketball aficionados, awarding him the title as the next big thing in Philippine basketball.[16] Hence, he did not disappoint as he averaged 17.1 points and 12.8 rebounds during his stint with the Philippine Basketball League's (PBL) Magnolia.[17]

Professional career[edit]

When the Realtors took the first overall draft right in 2006, they did not hesitate to pick Kelly Williams over two-time UAAP MVP Arwind Santos, who was later picked second overall by the Air21 Express.[18] During his rookie season, he normed averages of 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds[18] earning him the Rookie of the Year award,[2] making him the second Realtor to do so after Jun Limpot in 1993. In his sophomore year, he improved his game immensely, helping his team win their second championship overall and grabbing the league's Most Valuable Player award along the way.[2]

In 2008, he was again named into the RP Training Pool under Coach Yeng Guiao.[19][20] He was also entitled the PBA Most Valuable Player the same year.[2][3]

In 2009, during the All-Star Week, Williams was diagnosed of thrombocytopenia and was out for the remaining games of the entire conference.[14] With his absence, his team did not last long and was eliminated by the Burger King Whoopers.[21] He was also cut from the training pool for the national team because of his illness.[22]

In the middle of 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference, Williams, along with teammates Ryan Reyes and Charles Walters, was traded to the Talk N Text Phone Pals for Ali Peek, Nic Belasco, Yousif Aljamal, and Ogie Menor.[1] The deal was brought about by Sta. Lucia's financial problems. Since joining Tropang Texters, in 2010, he won five championships.[4]

In 2011, Williams suited up and was the starting power forward for the Smart Gilas national basketball team,[23] the national team of the Philippines who finished 4th in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Williams suffers from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.[26] He was first diagnosed with the recurring rare blood disorder in 2009.[14] Since then, he has been taking regular medications.[27][14]

PBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  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

Correct as of October 3, 2016[2]

Season-by-season averages[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Sta. Lucia 45 39.2 .378 .312 .657 9.6 1.7 1.2 .5 17.3
2007–08 Sta. Lucia 53 40.5 .379 .289 .599 10.7 1.7 .9 .6 18.2
2008–09 Sta. Lucia 35 39.7 .332 .218 .622 10.2 2.5 1.0 .5 14.1
2009–10 Sta. Lucia / Talk 'N Text 44 34.4 .369 .189 .557 10.6 2.2 1.3 .6 14.1
2010–11 Talk 'N Text 63 26.9 .466 .353 .475 7.2 1.2 .9 .5 9.5
2011–12 Talk 'N Text 58 24.1 .407 .234 .556 6.7 1.2 .6 .6 9.0
2012–13 Talk 'N Text 34 27.2 .415 .227 .667 7.6 .8 .7 .3 9.3
2013–14 Talk 'N Text 45 22.5 .421 .053 .417 5.5 .7 .6 .3 6.8
2014–15 Talk 'N Text 38 14.1 .380 .241 .543 3.6 .5 .6 .3 4.7
2015–16 TNT 35 16.5 .497 .143 .478 4.5 .4 .4 .3 5.8
Career 450 28.8 .394 .259 .570 7.7 1.3 .8 .5 11.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Together again: Kelly reunited with discoverer Chot". GMANews.TV. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Player Profile at PBA-Online!
  3. ^ a b Corp., ABS-CBN. "Kelly Williams' best game in 7 seasons laid to waste". ABS-CBN SPORTS. 
  4. ^ a b Ramos, Gerry (2016-11-10). "TNT keeps veteran core, signs Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes to two-year deals | SPIN.PH". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  5. ^ "DEPAULBALL.COM". www.depaulbluedemons.com. 
  6. ^ a b "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. 
  7. ^ a b c "Golden Grizzlies face battles on their way to winning the war". Oakland University Golden Grizzlies Official Athletics Site - Men's Basketball. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ "GOLDENGRIZZLIES.COM :: Oakland University Official Athletic Site Oakland University Official Athletic Site :: Men's Basketball". www.goldengrizzlies.com. 
  9. ^ a b c "GOLDENGRIZZLIES.COM :: Oakland University Official Athletic Site Oakland University Official Athletic Site :: Men's Basketball". www.goldengrizzlies.com. 
  10. ^ a b "Oakland Men's Basketball 2000-2001 Stats". 
  11. ^ a b "Oakland Men's Basketball 2003-2004 Stats". 
  12. ^ "Oakland Men's Basketball 2001-2002 Stats". 
  13. ^ "Oakland Men's Basketball 2002-2003 Stats". 
  14. ^ a b c d Badua, Snow (2013-04-05). "Well wishes pour in amid concern over Kelly Williams' health and career | SPIN.PH". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  15. ^ "Kelly Williams "Machine Gun" Player Profile Philippine Basketball Team". pilipinasbasketball.com. 
  16. ^ "The Top 10 Basketball Stories of 2014". Rappler. 
  17. ^ Ramos, John Louie (July 16, 2010). "Basketball Player Profiles Kelly Williams". Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "The long, tangled history of Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams | InterAksyon.com | Sports5". InterAksyon.com. 
  19. ^ "RP basketball team for World qualifiers named". GMA News Online. 
  20. ^ "Guiao to retain most of 2007 RP team roster". GMA News Online. 
  21. ^ "Whoppers to make Aguilar top pick, if he joins PBA draft". GMA News Online. 
  22. ^ "Burger King routs SLR, reaches Fiesta Cup semis". GMA News Online. 
  23. ^ "A 6th FIBA Asia Championship title for the Philippines at #FIBAAsia2015?". Gilas Pilipinas. 
  24. ^ "Kelly Williams National and High School Stats, Oakland, NCAA Stats, International Stats, Game Logs, Bests, Awards - RealGM". basketball.realgm.com. 
  25. ^ "Philippines profile, FIBA Asia Championship 2011 | FIBA.COM". FIBA.COM. 
  26. ^ "Kelly Williams out indefinitely for Talk ‘N Text due to illness -". InterAksyon.com. 
  27. ^ Giongco, Mark. "Chot Reyes not replacing Kelly Williams in national team lineup". sports.inquirer.net. 

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