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Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams
Williams playing for the Hawks
No. 2 – Charlotte Hornets
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born Marvin Gaye Williams, Jr.
June 19, 1986 (1986-06-19) (age 34)
Bremerton, Washington
Nationality American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 237 lbs (108 kg)
Career information
High school Bremerton High School
(Bremerton, Washington)
College North Carolina (2004-2005)
NBA Draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 2005–present (15 years)
Career history
20052012 Atlanta Hawks
20122014 Utah Jazz
2014–present Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2006)
  • NCAA champion (2005)
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2005)
  • First-team Parade All-American (2004)
  • McDonald's All-American (2004)

Marvin Gaye Williams, Jr. (born June 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball under coach Roy Williams at the North Carolina. He has previously played for the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz.

High school career

Williams was a standout for Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Washington. Williams earned numerous awards, including being named a McDonald's All-American, a Parade All-American, and all-state. As a senior, he averaged 28.7 points, 15.5 rebounds, 5 blocks and 5 assists per game.[1]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Williams was listed as the No. 2 power forward and the No. 11 player in the nation in 2004.[2]

College career

As a freshman at North Carolina in 2004–05, Williams was an integral part of the Tar Heels' national championship team. He averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 22.2 minutes.[3] As the team's sixth man, Williams provided the Tar Heels with an explosive spark off the bench. He scored the go-ahead basket in North Carolina's 75–70 win over the Illinois in the Championship Game. Williams was recognized for his efforts when he was named as an Honorable Mention to the All-ACC team.[4] After completing one season with North Carolina, Williams declared for the 2005 NBA draft.

Professional career

Atlanta Hawks

Williams was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, making him the first of four Tar Heels to be lottery picks in the 2005 draft.[5] After averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season, Williams was named to the 2005–06 All-NBA Rookie second team.

In Game 7 of the 2008 playoffs against the Boston Celtics, Williams was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Rajon Rondo. As a result, he was suspended for the first two games of the 2008–09 season.[6]

On August 7, 2009, Williams re-signed with the Hawks to a five-year, $37.5 million deal.[7]

Utah Jazz

On July 11, 2012, Williams was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Devin Harris.[8]

Charlotte Hornets

On July 21, 2014, Williams signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.[9][10] On March 27, 2015, he recorded a near triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds in a 110–107 double overtime loss to the Washington Wizards.[11]

On February 26, 2016, Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 96–95 win over the Indiana Pacers, recording his first 20-point, 10 rebound game since April 2012.[12] On March 11, 2016, he tied a career-high with five three-pointers and scored 22 points in a 118–103 win over the Detroit Pistons.[13]

NBA career statistics

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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Template:Nbay Atlanta 79 7 24.7 .443 .245 .747 4.8 .8 .6 .3 8.5
Template:Nbay Atlanta 64 63 34.0 .433 .244 .815 5.3 1.9 .8 .5 13.1
Template:Nbay Atlanta 80 80 34.6 .462 .100 .822 5.7 1.7 1.0 .4 14.8
Template:Nbay Atlanta 61 59 34.3 .458 .355 .806 6.3 1.3 .9 .6 13.9
Template:Nbay Atlanta 81 81 30.4 .455 .303 .819 5.1 1.1 .8 .6 10.1
Template:Nbay Atlanta 65 52 28.7 .458 .336 .845 4.8 1.4 .5 .4 10.4
Template:Nbay Atlanta 57 37 26.3 .432 .389 .788 5.2 1.2 .8 .3 10.2
Template:Nbay Utah 73 51 23.7 .423 .325 .778 3.6 1.1 .5 .5 7.2
Template:Nbay Utah 66 50 25.4 .439 .359 .781 5.1 1.2 .8 .5 9.1
Template:Nbay Charlotte 78 37 26.1 .424 .358 .713 4.9 1.3 .9 .5 7.4
Career 704 517 28.8 .445 .340 .800 5.1 1.3 .8 .5 10.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Atlanta 7 7 28.4 .414 .000 .889 4.0 .7 .3 .4 11.4
2009 Atlanta 6 3 16.2 .345 .167 .692 1.5 1.0 .8 .3 5.0
2010 Atlanta 11 11 31.4 .392 .500 .906 5.7 .7 .6 .5 8.4
2011 Atlanta 12 3 18.0 .393 .273 .769 2.3 .5 .8 .6 4.8
2012 Atlanta 6 3 24.2 .356 .500 .778 5.5 .8 .5 .3 7.8
Career 42 27 23.8 .386 .371 .845 3.8 .7 .6 .4 7.3

Career highs

  • Points: 33 – at Seattle (1/25/08)
  • Rebounds: 15 – at Dallas (12/5/09)
  • Assists: 7 – vs Detroit (1/12/07)
  • Steals: 4 – multiple times
  • Blocks: 4 – multiple times

Personal life

Williams, whose middle name is Gaye, said about his middle name: "I was named after my dad. My grandma named my dad after Marvin Gaye."[14] Since beginning his professional basketball career, Williams took summer courses at UNC to complete his bachelor's degree in African-American studies, graduating from UNC in August 2014.[15]


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