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Jawad Hason Williams (born February 19, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for Alvark Tokyo of the Japanese B.League. At 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in),[1] he plays as a small forward-power forward. He played high school basketball at St. Edward High School of Lakewood, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) and college basketball for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Jawad Williams
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Williams with Alvark Tokyo, in 2018.
Personal information
Born (1983-02-19) February 19, 1983 (age 36)
Cleveland, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2001–2005)
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–present
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Career history
2005–2006Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
2006Fayetteville Patriots
2006–2007Anaheim Arsenal
2007–2008Rera Kamuy Hokkaido
2008Hapoel Galil Elyon
20082009Cleveland Cavaliers
2009Rio Grande Valley Vipers
20092010Cleveland Cavaliers
2011Hapoel Jerusalem
2014Pınar Karşıyaka
2014–2015Royal Halı Gaziantep
2015Indios de Mayagüez
2015–2016Royal Halı Gaziantep
2016–2017AEK Athens
2017Pallacanestro Reggiana
2017–2019Alvark Tokyo
Career highlights and awards


High school careerEdit

While at St. Edward, Williams played limited time as a freshman on a team anchored by Sam Clancy, Jr. and Steve Logan that went on to win the OHSAA state title.[2] During his later years in high school, he was named first team All-Ohio and named to numerous All-American teams. He was named AP and Gatorade Player of the Year for Ohio and played in the McDonald's All-American Game.

Collegiate careerEdit

Williams played collegiate basketball under coaches Matt Doherty and Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina. He started as a senior for the Tar Heel team that won the 2005 NCAA tournament. Williams averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in his senior season.[3] He graduated from UNC in 2005 with a B.A. in African-American studies.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Williams during his tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Williams was not selected in the 2005 NBA draft. However, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA during the 2006–07 season. He appeared in four preseason games for the Clippers, starting one, but did not make the final roster.

After playing in Spain, Japan and Israel,[5][6] Williams joined the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team in July, 2008 and made the team's training camp roster.[7] On October 23, the Cavs waived veteran guard Ronald Dupree, and Williams became a full-fledged member of an NBA team for the first time in his career. His contract was nonguaranteed until January 10, 2009, after which time the contract would have been guaranteed.[5]

Williams played in his first regular season NBA game and scored his first points on December 12, 2008, against the Philadelphia 76ers.[8] Williams became the sixth member of North Carolina's 2005 National Championship team to play in the NBA, joining Rashad McCants, Sean May, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams, and David Noel.

Williams was waived by the Cavs on January 7, 2009. Five days after being released from the Cavs he re-signed with the team with a 10-day contract.[9] He was released on February 2 after his second 10-day contract expired. He then joined the D-League with Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 14. On April 8, he was re-signed to a contract for the rest of the season.

Williams with Paris-Levallois in 2012.

On February 9, 2010, Williams put up a career high in points with 17 to go along with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal in 28 minutes of play.

In the 2010 offseason, Jawad signed to play with the Cavs for the 2010–11 NBA season.[10] On December 27, 2010, Williams was again waived by the Cavs.[11]

In February 2011, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel.[12] For the 2011–12 season, Williams signed with Paris-Levallois Basket in France, rejoining college teammate David Noel. Williams stayed with Paris-Levallois for the 2012–13 season, but while Noel left Williams was joined by former college teammate Sean May.[13] Paris-Levallois waived him on January 15, 2014.[14] In February 2014, he signed with Pınar Karşıyaka of Turkey for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[15]

On June 13, 2016, Williams signed with AEK Athens in Greece for the 2016–17 season.[16] On February 12, 2017, he parted ways with AEK.[17] The next day, he signed with Italian club Pallacanestro Reggiana for the rest of the season.[18]

In July 2017, Williams signed with Alvark Tokyo of the Japanese B.League.[19]

College statisticsEdit

Team Years PPG
North Carolina 2002–2005 13.1

NBA career statisticsEdit

  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 seasonEdit

(Correct as of 2010–11 season[20])
2008–09 Cleveland 10 0 2.0 .417 .333 .000 .2 .0 .1 .0 1.2
2009–10 Cleveland 54 6 13.7 .393 .323 .711 1.5 .6 .2 .1 4.1
2010–11 Cleveland 26 1 15.0 .325 .289 .750 1.8 .8 .3 .1 4.0
Career 90 7 12.8 .369 .313 .719 1.5 .6 .2 .1 3.8


2010 Cleveland 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 0
Career 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 0

Career statisticsEdit

Domestic LeaguesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  GP Games played  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     Led the league

Note: Only games in the primary domestic competitions are included. Therefore, games in cup or European competitions are left out.

2007-08 Hokkaido JBL 35 38.8 .434 .293 .799 7.1 1.9 0.6 0.5 24.7
2016–17 A.E.K. GBL 25 22.4 .455 .442 .909 3.0 0.9 0.8 0.4 8.9
2017–18 A Tokyo B.League 59 19.8 .436 .369 .816 3.5 1.1 0.5 0.3 9.0


  1. ^ Jawad Williams F Height: 6-9 (206cm) Weight: 225 (102kg).
  2. ^ List of Ohio Boys State Basketball Champions Archived 2008-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Jawad Williams Per Game. Archived 2014-12-22 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Final Four Grade Rates.
  5. ^ a b Brian Windhorst (2008). "St. Edward grad Jawad Williams earns spot with Cleveland Cavaliers". The Plain Dealer Newspaper. Archived from the original on October 26, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
  6. ^ Jawad Williams' long journey brings him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and home
  7. ^ "Cavaliers Training Camp Roster".
  8. ^ "76ers at Cavaliers Boxscore". Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  9. ^ "williams_waived_090107.html Archive | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS". Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  10. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Jawad Williams | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS". 2010-09-22. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  11. ^ Cleveland Cavaliers waive Jawad Williams, assign Samardo Samuels to Erie.
  12. ^ ג'אוואד וויליאמס חתם בהפועל ירושלים (in Hebrew)
  13. ^ Former Tar-Heels May Williams. Archived 2014-12-25 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Paris-Levallois waive Jawad Williams". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Pinar Karsiyaka signs Jawad Williams". February 3, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  16. ^ "AEK Athens B.C. signs Williams". June 13, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  17. ^ AEK Athens, Jawad Williams officially part ways
  18. ^ Pallacanestro Reggiana announces Jawad Williams
  19. ^ Jawad Williams inks with Toyota Alvark Tokyo
  20. ^ "Jawad Williams - Career Stats and Totals". Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-15.

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