Shammond Omar Williams (born April 5, 1975) is a retired American-born naturalized Georgian professional basketball player. Standing at 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in), he played at both point guard and shooting guard positions. During his career he played in the NBA and in Europe.
|Born||April 5, 1975|
The Bronx, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Southside High School|
|College||North Carolina (1994–1998)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Number||3, 1, 11|
|2004||New Orleans Hornets|
|2006–2007||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2011||Fabi Shoes Montegranaro|
|2016–2017||Western Kentucky (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||1,892 (5.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||518 (1.6 rpg)|
|Assists||765 (2.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
After attending Fork Union Military Academy, Williams played college basketball at North Carolina under Dean Smith and later, Bill Guthridge. During the 1997-1998 season, he was a member of new coach Bill Guthridge's successful "Six Starters" rotation with Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Ed Cota, Ademola Okulaja and Makhtar N'Diaye. That season (his final college season), he averaged 16.7 points and 4.2 assists per game to go along with career averages of 10.7 points and 3.0 assists per game.
When Williams graduated from North Carolina, he held the following school records:
- Most Career Three Point Field Goals Made: 233
- Most Season Three Point Field Goals Made: 95
- Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game: 8 (tie)
- Highest Career Free Throw Percentage: .849
- Highest Season Free Throw Percentage .911
Williams also became a pioneer of the internet during his collegiate career. In 1995, Shammond Williams became the very first collegiate athlete to have a website dedicated to him on the World Wide Web. The website was developed by Seth Fleishman, and an archive of "Shammond's World" is still available for viewing.
Williams was selected in the second round, 34th overall, of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. While he never played for the Bulls, he did play for the Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets, and Orlando Magic.
He played internationally for Unics Kazan of Russia (where he obtained Georgian citizenship) and for Winterthur FC Barcelona of the Spanish Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB). He has played for the Georgia national team and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 EuroChallenge All-Star Game.
Williams signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 12, 2006. After spending one season with the Lakers, Williams returned to Europe and signed with Pamesa Velencia for three seasons. Before the start of the 2009-2010 ACB regular season, Pamesa Valencia released Williams, whereupon he trained on his own in the United States. On November 9, 2009, Williams returned to Spain and signed with Unicaja Málaga.
He is a cousin of former basketball player Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Louis McCullough, who has played professional basketball overseas. He is a member of the Psi Delta chapter of Omega Psi Phi. He is godfather to Mitchell Robinson.
- Shammond Williams Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com
- UNC Records
- Origin of the Blue Heaven Pages
- Georgia on Williams's mind, July 29, 2004
- Sports | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California
- Pamesa adds Shammond Williams Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- UNICAJA lands guard Shammond Williams
- BC Apollon lands former NBA Shammond Williams
- Un Williams in più Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (in Italian)
- NBA.com: Shammond Williams Printable Stats Archived December 9, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
- Chester complete McCullough swoop