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Gus Williams (basketball)

For the similarly named basketball player born in 1960, see Guy Williams (basketball).
Gus Williams
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Williams in 1981
Personal information
Born (1953-10-10) October 10, 1953 (age 62)
Mount Vernon, New York
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, New York)
College USC (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1975–1987
Position Point guard
Number 1
Career history
19751977 Golden State Warriors
19771984 Seattle SuperSonics
19841986 Washington Bullets
1987 Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 14,093 (17.1 ppg)
Assists 4,597 (5.6 apg)
Steals 1,638 (2.0 spg)
Stats at

Gus Williams (born October 10, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player most noted for his play with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, although he also played for the Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks.

Williams played high school basketball at Mount Vernon, where he was selected player of the year in 1971 by the New York State Sportswriters Association. He played college basketball at the University of Southern California.

Williams was selected in the second round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and in the first round of the 1975 ABA draft by the Spirits of St. Louis. Williams signed with the Warriors for the 1975–76 season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.[1] Williams played only two seasons with the Warriors and was allowed to leave as a free agent before the 1977–78 season, signing with the Seattle SuperSonics.

While with Seattle, he was twice selected to the NBA All-Star Game, and was an All-NBA First Team (1982) and All-NBA Second Team (1980) selection. Williams, whose style of play earned him the nickname "Wizard", led the Sonics to the 1979 championship while averaging team high 28.6 points per game in the Finals. While in the prime of his career, Williams sat out the entire 1980–81 season due to a contract dispute. He played two more seasons with the Sonics after that. In 1983, he signed with the Washington Bullets. During the 1984-85 season Williams played alongside the similarly named Guy Williams. He finished his career with a 17.1 point-per-game scoring average in a career spanning 12 years from 1975 to 1987. In 2004 Williams' #1 jersey was retired by the Sonics.

Williams' younger brother Ray (1954–2013) also played in the NBA.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Gus Williams page
  2. ^ BASN's Hometown Hero, by Peter Vecsey; published on Mar 13, 2007

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