Marcus Williams (basketball, born 1985)

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Marcus Williams
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Williams with Crvena zvezda in November 2014.
Free agent
Position Point guard
Personal information
Born (1985-12-03) December 3, 1985 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College Connecticut (2003–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
20062008 New Jersey Nets
2008–2009 Golden State Warriors
2009 Quebradillas Pirates
2009–2010 Memphis Grizzlies
2010–2011 BC Enisey Krasnoyarsk
2011 Unics Kazan
2011–2012 Jiangsu Dragons
2012–2013 Unicaja Málaga
2013–2014 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
2014–2015 Crvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Marcus Darrell Williams (born December 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Crvena zvezda of the Basketball League of Serbia. Standing at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), he plays the point guard position. He was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Prior to becoming professional player, he played collegiate basketball for the Connecticut Huskies.

High school and college[edit]

Williams attended and played for Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles for his 9th, 10th, and 11th years, and transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) for his 12th year (2002–2003).

During his freshman year at UConn, Williams was suspended for part of the season because of poor grades.

As a sophomore in the 2004–2005 season, Williams averaged 9.6 points and 7.8 assists a game. He was named Big East Most Improved Player.

In his junior year, he was kicked off the men's basketball team for several months, for attempting to sell stolen laptop computers along with teammate A. J. Price.[1] Williams averaged 12.3 points, 8.6 assists, and shot 86% from the free throw line. In a game against Notre Dame, he recorded the sixth triple-double in UConn history with 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.[2] In the 2006 NCAA tourney, he averaged 20 points, 8.8 assists, while shooting 52% from the field, 56% from three-point range, and 96% from the free throw line. Williams scored a career-high 26 points in a memorable 98–92 overtime Sweet 16 win against Washington on March 24, 2006.[3]

Professional career[edit]

NBA career[edit]

New Jersey Nets[edit]

Williams was selected 22nd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, using the pick they got from the Denver Nuggets in the Kenyon Martin trade. Former teammates Josh Boone, Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, and Denham Brown were also selected, with all but Brown being first round picks. Marcus Williams was named to the Rookie team for the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend. As a rookie in 2006–07, Williams played in 79 games, averaging 6.8 ppg and 3.3 apg.

Golden State Warriors[edit]

On July 22, 2008, Williams was traded by the Nets to the Golden State Warriors for a conditional first-round pick.[4] On March 10, 2009 Marcus Williams was released by the Golden State Warriors.

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

In July 2009, Williams began playing on the Memphis Grizzlies Summer League team in Las Vegas, Nevada. He joined 2009 first round pick Hasheem Thabeet, undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Adrien, and Rudy Gay as one of four former UConn Huskies on the Grizzlies' Summer League roster. On August 7, 2009, Williams officially signed with the Grizzlies.[5]

International career[edit]

Williams during his tenure with Yenisey Krasnoyarsk in 2010
Williams playing with Unicaja Málaga against Estudiantes in 2013

Williams signed with the Quebradillas Pirates of the Puerto Rican Basketball League (BSN) in late March 2009. During the first half of the season, Williams averaged 15.0 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists. He had registered one triple-double and was the league-leader in assists.[6] He was also selected to play in the league's All-Star game and won the game's MVP award, as well as winning the Skills Contest. He also finished the season earning All-BSN First Team honors with teammate Peter John Ramos, and helping the Pirates to the best record in the league. Because he went to the Memphis Grizzlies summer league team and left the Pirates, he missed the league finals, and the Pirates lost the championship.

In August 2010, he signed a one-year contract with the Russian team Enisey Krasnoyarsk.[7] Quickly becoming leader of his new team, Williams helped Enisey qualify to playoff for the first time in club's history. In quaterfinals Enisey lost series to Lokomotiv-Kuban (1:2). Williams was named "Player of the Month" in Russian PBL League in November and December. He was also selected All-Star 2nd team. Williams finished season with 14.8 points per game and as league's best in total assists (184) and assist per game (6.8).

In late November 2011, he signed a contract with the Jiangsu Dragons of China.[8]

In 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Spanish team Unicaja Málaga.

On August 19, 2013, Williams signed a contract with the Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.[9][10]link title

Crvena zvezda[edit]

On August 15, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with the Serbian team Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.[11] On November 22, 2014, in a game against Galatasaray, Williams set a Euroleague record for the most assists in a single game – 17.[12][13][14] He also added 8 points while shooting just 3–16 from the field. However, his team lost after double overtime with 110–103.[15] With Crvena zvezda, he won the Adriatic League championship, the Serbian League championship and the Radivoj Korać Cup.

On November 3, 2015, he re-signed with Crvena zvezda.[16] On December 28, 2015, he parted ways with Crvena zvezda.[17]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


Regular season[edit]

2006–07 New Jersey 79 2 16.6 .395 .282 .847 2.1 3.3 .4 .0 6.8
2007–08 New Jersey 53 7 16.1 .379 .380 .787 1.9 2.6 .5 .1 5.9
2008–09 Golden State 9 0 6.0 .235 .333 .333 .4 1.4 .1 .1 1.3
2009–10 Memphis 62 1 14.1 .384 .296 .673 1.5 2.6 .5 .0 4.3
Career 203 10 15.2 .386 .321 .767 1.8 2.8 .4 .0 5.6


2007 New Jersey 12 0 6.5 .333 .077 .800 .8 1.1 .1 .0 2.4
Career 12 0 6.5 .333 .077 .800 .8 1.1 .1 .0 2.4


2012–13 Unicaja 24 5 21.7 .362 .371 .667 2.7 3.3 .6 .0 10.5 9.4
2013–14 Lokomotiv 24 10 23.0 .331 .278 .756 2.2 3.8 .3 .0 7.3 6.9
2014–15 Crvena zvezda 24 23 25.8 .317 .292 .755 3.2 6.1 .8 .0 9.7 10.7
Career 72 38 25.5 .337 .318 .723 2.7 4.4 .6 .0 8.9 9.0


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