Shelden Williams

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Shelden Williams
Sheldon Williams - Sacramento Kings (2752591654).jpg
Williams in 2008.
Free agent
Position Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1983-10-21) October 21, 1983 (age 33)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Midwest City
(Midwest City, Oklahoma)
College Duke (2002–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
20062008 Atlanta Hawks
20082009 Sacramento Kings
2009 Minnesota Timberwolves
2009–2010 Boston Celtics
2010–2011 Denver Nuggets
2011 New York Knicks
2011–2012 New Jersey Nets
2012–2013 Élan Chalon
2013–2015 Tianjin Ronggang
Career highlights and awards

Shelden DeMar Williams (born October 21, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Tianjin Ronggang of China. He played college basketball at Duke University, where his #23 jersey was retired on January 28, 2007.[1]

His size (6'9", 250 lbs), aggressive style of play, and shot-blocking ability earned him the nickname "The Landlord."[2] During high school, Williams was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He earned the 2005 and 2006 NABC Defensive Player of the Year Awards while at Duke, becoming only the fifth player in history to earn the award two consecutive years. He holds Duke's career blocks record, single-season blocks record, and career rebounding record, while he is 17th in career blocks on the NCAA charts. He is the third player in ACC history to have 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 350 blocks (joining Tim Duncan and Ralph Sampson). His 1,217 rebounds and 1,859 career points rank him seventh in ACC history and sixteenth in Duke history, respectively. Williams became only the third Duke basketball player[3] to record a triple-double when Duke defeated Maryland on January 11, 2006, recording 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.[4]

High school career[edit]

  • 2002 EA Sports High School All-America selection
  • Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year: 2001, 2002
  • 2001 USA Today Oklahoma Player of the Year
  • Oklahoma Player of the Year in 2001 by the Daily Oklahoman
  • Oklahoma Defensive Player of the Year: 2000, 2001
  • Ranked number 49 in the nation among all players by ESPN.com following his senior season (averaging 20 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots and three assists as a senior)
  • Rated the nation's fifth-best prep player by Future Stars and BlueChipHoops.com and sixth by College Basketball News entering the 2001–02 season
  • The Sporting News listed Williams as the nation's sixth-best prep player entering 2001–02
  • Rated the nation's number one forward by Basketball News and Prepstar
  • Three-time all-state, all-district and all-city selection (1999–2001)
  • 2001 Parade All-America

Collegiate career[edit]

Williams played for the Duke University men's basketball team from 2002–2006. He majored in Sociology with a markets and management studies certificate.

Records[edit]

As of graduating from Duke University, Williams held records for:

  • Duke all-time leader in blocked shots (422)
  • Duke all-time leader in rebounds
  • Duke single season blocked shots

Statistics[edit]

Third player in NCAA history to score 1500 points, grab 1000 rebounds, block 350 shots, and pick up 150 steals.

Awards[edit]

Professional career[edit]

NBA career[edit]

Williams was selected by the Hawks with the fifth pick in the 2006 NBA draft. On February 16, 2008, Williams was involved in a multi-player trade to the Sacramento Kings for Mike Bibby.[5]

On February 19, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Bobby Brown for Rashad McCants and Calvin Booth.[6]

On August 7, 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics.[7]

On July 14, 2010, he signed a one-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.[8]

On February 22, 2011, Williams was traded to the New York Knicks in a three-way blockbuster deal also involving Minnesota Timberwolves that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York.[9]

European career[edit]

On August 28, 2012 he signed a one-year contract with the French League champions Élan Chalon.[10][11] Over 10 games in the 2012–13 Euroleague season, he averaged 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.[12]

Asian career[edit]

In October 2013, Williams signed with Tianjin Ronggang of China.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Williams, along with teammates De'Angelo Alexander and Matt Kemp were accused of raping a 19-year-old girl in Columbus, while playing in a high school basketball tournament. They were suspended from the team during the investigation. The players denied the allegations and no charges were filed.[14][15]

On November 13, 2008, Williams married former University of Tennessee Lady Vols and current Los Angeles Sparks basketball star Candace Parker. They have a daughter named Lailaa. In November 2016, Williams filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences" after the couple separated 3 months prior.[16][17]

On December 15, 2007, Williams was carjacked at gunpoint before a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Two suspects were arrested later that day at Arbor Place Mall in Douglas County, Georgia. According to an officer at the Douglasville Police Department, the suspects were in Williams' car and were attempting a robbery.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Atlanta 81 31 18.7 .455 .500 .764 5.4 .5 .6 .5 5.5
2007–08 Atlanta 36 0 11.5 .370 .000 .686 3.0 .3 .4 .3 3.0
2007–08 Sacramento 28 0 12.9 .491 .000 .667 3.5 .3 .3 .4 5.2
2008–09 Sacramento 30 0 10.2 .449 .000 .762 2.6 .3 .4 .3 3.7
2008–09 Minnesota 15 0 13.8 .441 .000 .667 5.0 .3 .7 .5 4.9
2009–10 Boston 54 0 11.1 .521 .000 .765 2.7 .4 .2 .4 3.7
2010–11 Denver 42 32 17.0 .453 .000 .739 5.3 .5 .4 .5 4.7
2010–11 New York 17 6 11.6 .538 .000 .828 2.9 .8 .3 .2 3.9
2011–12 New Jersey 58 35 22.0 .478 .000 .731 6.0 .6 .8 .7 4.6
Career 361 104 15.5 .462 .222 .740 4.3 .5 .5 .5 4.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Boston 8 0 7.1 .444 .000 .833 1.6 .0 .1 .0 1.6
Career 8 0 7.1 .444 .000 .833 1.6 .0 .1 .0 1.6

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Élan Chalon 10 10 23.0 .518 .000 .641 7.6 1.1 1.1 .7 11.3 14.8
Career 10 10 23.0 .518 .000 .641 7.6 1.1 1.1 .7 11.3 14.8

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