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John Williams (basketball, born 1966)

John Sam Williams (born October 26, 1966) is a retired American basketball player. Williams played collegiately for LSU, and was drafted into the National Basketball Association by the Washington Bullets in 1986 with the 12th overall pick.

John Williams
Personal information
Born (1966-10-26) October 26, 1966 (age 53)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolCrenshaw (Los Angeles, California)
CollegeLSU (1984–1986)
NBA draft1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1986–2002
PositionPower forward / Center
Number34, 24, 66
Career history
19861991Washington Bullets
19921994Los Angeles Clippers
1994–1995Indiana Pacers
1997–1998Covirán Granada
1998–1999TDK Manresa
2000–2002Fórum Filatélico
2002Lucéntum Alicante
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,406 (10.1 ppg)
Rebounds2,201 (5.1 rpg)
Assists1,262 (2.9 apg)
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His girth earned him the nickname "Hot Plate" Williams, in part to help distinguish him from John "Hot Rod" Williams of the Cleveland Cavaliers who likewise played college basketball in Louisiana (at Tulane University) and who also entered the NBA in 1986.

Despite his size, Williams was a highly skilled basketball player. He was in particular an exceptionally good passer, and averaged over 4 assists per game in 3 separate seasons, an excellent average for a player his size. He was frequently used as a point forward, handling the ball and conducting the offense.

As a rookie, Williams averaged just under ten points and five rebounds per game for the Bullets. He improved significantly his second season, and started 37 of 82 games. The 1988–89 NBA season, his third, was clearly his best, as he achieved career-high season totals in almost every statistical category, despite coming off the bench in all but one game.

Williams' productivity declined in the five injury-plagued seasons that followed. He missed more than half of four of those five seasons due to various injuries, which, though not necessarily caused by his weight, were certainly aggravated by it. His eight-year NBA career included five seasons with the Bullets, two with the Los Angeles Clippers, and one (his final season) with the Indiana Pacers. He left the NBA in 1995, but played for some years in the ACB league in Spain, with moderate individual success.

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