|No. 19 – Bucaneros de La Guaira|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
March 29, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Starkville (Starkville, Mississippi)
Christian Life Center Academy
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|2012||Metros de Santiago|
|2014||Metros de Santiago|
|2015||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2017–present||Bucaneros de La Guaira|
|Career highlights and awards|
Latavious Williams (born March 29, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for Bucaneros de La Guaira of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB). After graduating from high school, he played with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League before being drafted by the Miami Heat with the 48th pick in the 2010 NBA draft. After the draft, his draft rights were immediately traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA affiliate of the 66ers. However, the Thunder did not sign him to a contract and Williams returned to the D-League with the 66ers. On February 19, 2015, his draft rights were traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Williams was the first player ever to skip college basketball and play a year in the D-League before getting drafted in the NBA. He was also the first player ever to enter into the D-League directly from high school. Williams was, however, the second player to be drafted while playing for a D-League team, as Mike Taylor ended up being drafted a year earlier back in 2009. As of September 2015, Williams has never played a competitive game (regular season or playoff) in the NBA, being one of two D-League draftees to hold such claim (the other being Chukwudiebere Maduabum).
Williams played four years at Starkville High School. In his last year at Starkville, he averaged 19.9 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks and led Starkville to the Class 5A state semi-finals. After four years in Starkville, he had completed only 2 of the 16 core courses that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires for eligibility for an athletic scholarship. He then attended Christian Life Center Academy, a private school in Humble, Texas, for a year to complete the 14 other core courses he needed. He continued to play on prep level and averaged 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 assists and 4 steals for the Christian Life Center Academy.
After finishing his high school education, Williams intended to play college basketball. He was ranked as one of the top 20 recruits in the 2009 class. In May 2009, he announced his verbal commitment to attend the University of Memphis. He chose Memphis ahead of Georgetown, Kansas State and Florida International. He became Josh Pastner's first recruit as the Memphis Tigers head coach. However, he struggled to qualify academically and later backed out from his commitment to play for Memphis and instead skipped college basketball altogether to play professionally. However, a player who attended high school in the United States is not eligible to enter the NBA draft until a year after his high school graduation. He was expected to sign with an overseas team before entering the NBA when he became eligible, a similar path taken by Brandon Jennings who played in the Italian league for a year before he was drafted in 2009.
Williams receive several offers from overseas teams, including an offer from the Chinese Basketball Association which were reportedly worth US$100,000. However, his family decided against the idea of playing overseas. He opted to play in the D-League, the NBA's official minor league organization. He chose to earn US$19,000 in the D-League because he believed that he would receive more exposure and experience. He entered the D-League Draft and was drafted 16th overall by the Tulsa 66ers. He became the first player ever selected in the D-League Draft directly from high school. Because the NBA requires a player to be one year out of high school to play in the league, he became the only D-League player who could not be called up by any of the NBA teams in the 2009–10 season.
He played as the 66ers backup forward for most of the season, starting only 7 out of 46 games in the regular season. He averaged 7.7 points on 52.8 percent shooting and 7.7 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 16 times and recorded double-figure rebounds in 13 games during the regular season. He also recorded 9 double-doubles in the regular season. He improved his production in the postseason, averaging 11.3 points on 61.2 percent shooting and 8.0 rebounds in seven postseason games. He helped the 66ers advanced to the Finals but they failed to win the championship despite Williams averaging 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two finals games against Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Williams was automatically eligible for the 2010 NBA draft as he was already one year removed from his high school graduation. He was drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round with the 48th pick. He became the first player ever to skip college basketball and play a year in the D-League before getting drafted in the NBA. He also became the second player to be drafted from a D-League team to the NBA, after Mike Taylor in 2008. Shortly after being drafted by the Heat, his draft rights were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA team affiliated with the Tulsa 66ers, in exchange for a future second-round pick.
He played for the Thunder in the 2010 Orlando Summer League. He played in all five games, averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game. His best game came during the win against the Philadelphia 76ers when he scored 10 points, with 5 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots in 15 minutes off the bench. However, he didn't receive a contract offer or an invitation to the Thunder's training camp for the 2010–11 season.
On October 31, 2010, the Tulsa 66ers announced that Williams would be returning to the team for the 2010–11 season. His rights in the NBA were still held by the Thunder. He went on to average 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in 41 games.
In July 2012, Williams re-joined the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 2012 NBA Summer League. He then joined Metros de Santiago of the Dominican Republic for s short stint before signing a two-month contract with German League and Euroleague team Brose Baskets on October 4. His contract was not extended after it ended in December 2012. He then signed with Cajasol Sevilla of Spain for the rest of the season.
Williams returned to Cajasol Sevilla for the 2013–14 season but last just 10 games before being released in January 2014.
On June 16, 2016, Williams re-signed with UNICS for one more season.
|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|
|2011–12||FIATC Joventut||Liga ACB||34||24.6||.597||--||.700||7.1||.4||1.3||.8||9.6|
|2012||Metros de Santiago||Dominican LNB||11||32.3||.620||.333||.843||12.0||1.5||1.4||1.1||16.8|
|2015||Vaqueros de Bayamón||BSN||10||21.8||.620||.000||.586||8.2||.5||.5||.4||10.5|
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- Latavious Williams D-League Stats
- "Latavious Williams, una roca para la Penya" [Latavious Williams, a rock for Penya]. Marca.com (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial. August 23, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- "Latavious Williams, Jugador más espectacular KIA" [Latavious Williams, most spectacular player]. ACB.com (in Spanish). May 7, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
- "Jugador Revelación Bifrutas: Conoce a los candidatos" [ACB Rising Star Award. Meet the candidates]. ACB.com (in Spanish). April 13, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
- "Brose Baskets extends Coach Fleming and staff". Euroleague.net. October 4, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
- Seville tabs Latavious Williams
- Latavious Williams signs with Metros de Santiago
- Latavious Williams signs with Bilbao
- Latavious Williams moves to Vaqueros de Bayamon
- "Unics adds size with Williams". Eurocupbasketball.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- Latavious Williams re-signs with Unics Kazan
- Latavius Williams (ex Unics) is a newcomer at Bucaneros