Marcus Williams (basketball, born 1985)
Williams with Crvena zvezda in November 2014.
December 3, 1985 |
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||209 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|2006–2008||New Jersey Nets|
|2008–2009||Golden State Warriors|
|2010–2011||BC Enisey Krasnoyarsk|
|2013–2014||Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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
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. 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. 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.
New Jersey Nets
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
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.
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. 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. 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 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Spanish team Unicaja Málaga.
On August 15, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with the Serbian team Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. On November 22, 2014, in a game against Galatasaray, Williams set a Euroleague record for the most assists in a single game – 17. He also added 8 points while shooting just 3–16 from the field. However, his team lost after double overtime with 110–103. With Crvena zvezda, he won the Adriatic League championship, the Serbian League championship and the Radivoj Korać Cup.
|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|
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.
- Laptop thief Williams rejoins UConn
- UConn squanders 19-point lead as Irish rally to force OT
- After slow start, UConn outlasts UW in OT in classic dogfight
- Warriors Acquire Guard Marcus Williams From New Jersey
- "Grizzlies sign point guard Marcus Williams". NBA.com. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- Enisey Krasnoyarsk signs Marcus Williams
- 挑战八一江苏不想三连败 新外援豪言要用胜利庆生
- "Lokomotiv Kuban announced Marcus Williams". Sportando.net. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "Marcus Williams signed with "Loko"". .lokobasket.com. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "Crvena Zvezda puts Williams at point". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
- "Crvena Zvezda's Williams breaks Euroleague assists record!". euroleague.net. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- "Erceg, Arroyo star in Galatasaray’s 2OT win over Crvena Zvezda". euroleague.net. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
- "Vilijams ponovo sakriva loptu: Čudesne asistencije Zvezdinog pleja u Istanbulu (VIDEO)". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
- "EL: Erceg ukrao pobedu Zvezdi!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
- "Crvena Zvezda brings back point guard Williams". Euroleague.net. November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
- "Rastanak Crvene zvezde i Vilijamsa". kkcrvenazvezda.rs (in Serbian). December 28, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
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