Freeman Williams

Freeman Williams (born May 15, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player. He was the 1978 NCAA men's basketball Division I scoring champion, and the Portland State University all-time scoring leader.[1] Williams was the NCAA Division I national men's basketball individual scoring leader in 1977 and 1978. Williams was a consensus second team All-American in 1978. He is second in Division I history in scoring, trailing only Pete Maravich. He was born in Los Angeles.

Freeman Williams
Freeman Williams.jpg
Williams as a senior at PSU
Personal information
Born (1956-05-15) May 15, 1956 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolManual Arts
(Los Angeles, California)
CollegePortland State (1974–1978)
NBA draft1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1978–1993
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number20, 5
Career history
19781982San Diego Clippers
1982Atlanta Hawks
1982Utah Jazz
1984–1985Tampa Bay Thrillers
1985–1986Washington Bullets
1986Tampa Bay Thrillers
1993Miami Tropics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,738 (14.7 ppg)
Rebounds510 (1.6 rpg)
Assists516 (1.6 apg)
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He was a 1978 first round draft pick (8th overall) by the Boston Celtics.[2] His pro playing career started in 1978 with the San Diego Clippers. He finished in the top 10 for three-point field goals in three consecutive seasons, 1980 through 1982.[3] In December 1980, Freeman became the first Clippers player to win a Player of the Month award, and the only one in franchise history until Elton Brand did so 25 years later.[4]

In September 1982, Freeman Williams was traded by the Atlanta Hawks along with John Drew, and cash to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Dominique Wilkins who was drafted by the Jazz and refused to sign.[5] After that season (1982–83), Williams only played in 27 more games: 18 with Utah in 1983 and nine with the Washington Bullets in 1986.

In 1987, Williams played in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the Tanduay Rhum Masters, where he famously scored 82 points, including 10 three-pointers, in one game.

Freeman had a small part in the 1992 film White Men Can't Jump, playing fictional playground legend Duck Johnson.


1978–79 Clippers 72 16.6 1.4 1.2 10.4
1979–80 Clippers 82 25.8 2.3 2.0 18.6
1980–81 Clippers 82 24.1 1.6 2.0 19.3
1981–82 Clippers/Hawks 60 16.6 1.0 1.4 12.0
1982–83 Jazz 18 11.7 0.9 0.6 5.1
1985–86 Bullets 9 12.2 1.3 0.8 7.7
Career 6 Seasons 323 20.5 1.6 1.6 14.7

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kasinitz, Aaron (July 14, 2014). "Portland State basketball legend Freeman Williams returns for documentary screening". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  2. ^ 1978 NBA Draft on Archived 2010-03-18 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Freeman Williams Statistics -
  4. ^ CLIPPERS: Brand Named Western Conference Player of the Month
  5. ^ Dominique Wilkins Bio