Sean Williams (basketball)

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Sean Williams
No. 51 – Torku Konyaspor
Position Power forward / Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1986-09-13) September 13, 1986 (age 30)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Mansfield (Mansfield, Texas)
College Boston College (2004–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072010 New Jersey Nets
2008–2009 Colorado 14ers (D-League)
2010 Fujian Xunxing (China)
2010 Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico)
2010–2011 Texas Legends (D-League)
2011 Maccabi Haifa (Israel)
2011–2012 Dallas Mavericks
2011–2012 →Texas Legends (D-League)
2012 Texas Legends (D-League)
2012 Boston Celtics
2012–2013 Texas Legends (D-League)
2013–present Torku Selçuk Üniversitesi/Torku Konyaspor (Turkey)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Sean Williams (born September 13, 1986) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for Torku Konyaspor of the Turkish Basketball League.

Early years

Sean Williams grew up in suburban Arlington, Texas with his mother and stepfather, Audrey and Lawrence Garrett, and his two siblings: Myles and Brea Garrett. Both are student athletes at Texas A&M University. His father, Roland Williams, lives in Houston, Texas. He did not play organized basketball until he was 15 years old. He became a local standout in community leagues and eventually began playing basketball for Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas.

College career

As a member of the Boston College basketball team, Williams began his career as a standout in the paint. He functioned as an intimidating shot-blocking force for his team. Some basketball games were dubbed the "Sean Williams Block Party."[1]

Despite having never played an entire season for Boston College, Williams left the university as a leading shot blocker in the Big East Conference and ACC, respectively during each of his Boston College seasons.

Williams was dismissed from the Boston College basketball team during his junior year, after having been suspended twice during his 3-year college basketball career for multiple rules violations, including an arrest for marijuana possession in 2005.[2] During his suspension from Boston College for one semester during his sophomore year, Williams took classes at the University of Houston. Williams established himself as the nation's top college shot blocker by breaking his own record when he blocked 75 shots in only 15 games during the 2006–2007 season.

NBA and NBA D-League career

New Jersey Nets

Williams was selected 17th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. In February 2009, Williams was arrested while attempting to attend a BC-Duke game in February 2009 for allegedly violating a no-trespassing order. The police report stated he was belligerent while being arrested, writing obscenities instead of his name on the fingerprint card and trespass warning.[2][3]

On March 16, 2009, Williams was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after an altercation with the clerk at a cell phone store at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, CO that ended with Williams smashing the store's computer monitor.[4] He did not accompany his team on their flight back to New Jersey[5] and was later suspended by the team for two games.[6] He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and felony criminal mischief.[2]

Colorado 14ers

On December 29, 2008, Williams was assigned to the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League.[7] On January 22, 2009 the Nets recalled Williams from the Colorado 14ers.[8] On January 11, 2010, he was released by the Nets.[9]

International career

Fujian SBS XunXin

After being released by the Nets, Williams went to play to the Chinese Basketball Association championship, for the team of Fujian SBS XunXin. He played 16 games from February 5 to March 28, 2010, averaging 16.4 points, 11.1 rebounds (4.1Off), 1.2 assists and 4.2 blocked shots.[10]
Notable performances : 30 points against Qingdao DS on 3/12/2010 ; 13 blocks against Jilin on 2/26/2010. Williams also won the 2010 CBA All Star Game Dunk contest. The event was held at the Wukesong Stadium in Beijing, China, on March 21.[11]

Guaynabo Mets

Williams landed in Puerto Rico to end his 2009–10 season, joining the Mets de Guaynabo, where he averaged 10.0 pts and 16.5 rebounds in 2 games.[10]

Maccabi Haifa

In August 2010, Williams was signed by Hapoel Jerusalem, but he was released before his first game in the Israeli league.[12]

On August 10, 2011 he signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Haifa B.C. in Israel, which included an out clause that would enabled him to return to the NBA when the 2011 NBA lockout ended and if he received an NBA offer.[13][14]

Return to the NBA/NBA D-League

Texas Legends

On November, 2010, after playing in Puerto Rico and China, Williams joined the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. He played 49 games during the 2010–11 regular season (46 games as a starter), averaging 14.4 pts, 2.9 blocks, 9.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game.[15]

He was selected to the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star Game, along with his Legends teammate Joe Alexander.

Williams earned a spot in the 2011 All-NBA Development League Third Team, and also ranked second in voting for the Defensive Player of the Year category. (Williams had more first place votes than current Portland Trail Blazer Chris Johnson, but Johnson still won the award.)[16]

Dallas Mavericks

On December 21, 2011 he signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.[17] The Mavericks then assigned him to the Texas Legends of the D-League.[18]

Williams played his first game for the Mavericks in their 115–93 loss to the Denver Nuggets on December 26, 2011, providing some much needed spark off the bench in the 3rd quarter. Williams went 4–4 from the field and 4–4 from the free throw line (which included 2 high flying alley-oops) and picked up 3 rebounds, a steal and a block in his 11 minutes of game time.[19] As he was leaving the court in the 4th quarter, he threw up on the Mavericks bench.[20]

Return to the Texas Legends

On January 6, 2012, Williams was reassigned to the Texas Legends, along with Yi Jianlian.[21]

Return to Dallas

On March 4, 2012, Williams was recalled by the Dallas Mavericks.[22] After being assigned for the third time from March 16 to 18, Williams was waived by the Mavericks on March 22, 2012.[23]

Boston Celtics

On April 20, 2012, he was signed by the Boston Celtics, returning to the city where he played college basketball.[24]

On July 5, 2012, the Celtics that announced that Williams was added to the roster for the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League and the 2012 NBA Summer League.[25]

Houston Rockets

On July 20, 2012, Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets in a three team deal.[26] He was waived by the Rockets on August 29, 2012.[27]

Back to Texas Legends

Williams was re-acquired by the Legends on December 10, 2012.[28]

Delaware 87ers

On August 29, 2013, Williams' rights were acquired by the Delaware 87ers in the 2013 NBA Development League Expansion Draft.[29]


In September 2013, he joined Torku Selçuk Üniversitesi of the Turkish Basketball League.

NBA career statistics

  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

2007–08 New Jersey 73 29 17.5 .538 .000 .609 4.4 .4 .4 1.5 5.6
2008–09 New Jersey 33 0 11.1 .417 .000 .625 2.4 .4 .2 .9 2.4
2009–10 New Jersey 20 0 11.4 .429 .000 .526 2.3 .1 .4 1.0 2.6
2011–12 Dallas 8 0 8.1 .750 .000 .833 1.6 .3 .1 .6 3.6
2011–12 Boston 3 0 14.0 .333 .000 1.000 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.7
Career 137 29 14.4 .511 .000 .624 3.4 .3 .3 1.2 4.2


2012 Boston 2 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 2 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0

See also


  1. ^ "March Madness, March Badness". Sports Illustrated. 2 March 2005. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nets' Williams arrested after altercation". ESPN. 17 March 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Nets Williams Arrested After Altercation Yahoo Sports, March 16, 2009
  5. ^ New Jersey Nets' Sean Williams Arrested. Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  6. ^ Nets Suspend Williams ESPN, March 18, 2009
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Archived from the original on January 27, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Nets Waive Sean Williams". 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  10. ^ a b Eurobasket. Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  11. ^ Sean Williams Wins CBA Dunk Contest – Dunk Contest – The Ultimate Slam Dunk Contest Resource. Dunk Contest (2010-03-25). Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  12. ^ NBA News, Rumors, NCAA Basketball, Euroleague. RealGM. Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  13. ^ Legends' Sean Williams to Israel ESPN, August 11, 2011
  14. ^ Sean highlights in Israel on YouTube
  15. ^ Sean Williams D-League playerfile. (1986-09-13). Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  16. ^ Schroeder, Scott. (2011-04-22) 2011 NBA D-League Award Winners: We Have Vote Totals!. Ridiculous Upside. Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  17. ^ Sean Williams officially signs with Mavs ESPN, December 21, 2011
  18. ^ 2011–12 Transactions. Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  19. ^ Games. Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  20. ^ Full-Court Press: Williams throws down, then up. (2011-12-26). Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  21. ^ Dallas Mavericks Assign Yi Jianlian to Texas Legends. (2012-01-06). Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  22. ^ Mavericks recall Sean Williams from D-League as Brandan Wright recovers from Friday's concussion. (2012-03-04). Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  23. ^ Mavs waive goodbye to Sean Williams. Retrieved on 2012-04-07.
  24. ^ Celtics Waive O'Neal, Sign Sean Williams
  25. ^
  26. ^ "Rockets Get Players And Pick In Three-Team Deal". July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  27. ^ Houston Rockets waive forward Sean Williams
  28. ^ 2012-13 Transactions
  29. ^ NBA Development League Announced 2013 Expansion Draft Results

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