Reggie Williams
Personal information
Born (1964-03-05) March 5, 1964 (age 58)
Baltimore, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolPaul Laurence Dunbar
(Baltimore, Maryland)
CollegeGeorgetown (1983–1987)
NBA draft1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career1987–1997
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number34, 2, 7
Career history
19871989Los Angeles Clippers
1989–1990Cleveland Cavaliers
1990San Antonio Spurs
19911996Denver Nuggets
1996Indiana Pacers
1996–1997New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points7,508 (12.5 ppg)
Rebounds2,393 (4.0 rpg)
Assists1,402 (2.5 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Reggie Williams (born March 5, 1964) is an American retired professional basketball player who played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player at Georgetown University and was a member of their 1983–84 National Championship team.

High school and college career

Williams began his career as a McDonald's High School All-American while attending Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore, where he played with fellow NBA players Muggsy Bogues, Reggie Lewis, and David Wingate. The 1981–82 Dunbar Poets finished the season at 29–0 during Williams's junior season and finished 31–0 during his senior season, and were ranked first in the nation by USA Today.[1]

He then attended Georgetown and enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career. In his four seasons at Georgetown, he was amongst career leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals in school history, finishing no lower than seventh in any category. As a freshman, he scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds against the University of Houston in the 1984 national championship game which the Hoyas won 84–75. Williams was named Most Valuable Player of the championship game. As a senior during the 1986–87 season, Williams was the leader of a young team which became a contender for a national championship. During that season he led the Big East in scoring, and led the team in rebounding, steals and blocked shots, and was third in assists. Because of Williams's play, it led Georgetown coach Thompson to dub the team "Reggie and the Miracles".[2] The team won a share of the 1986–87 Big East Championship and the Big East Tournament. In the 1987 NCAA tournament, the Hoyas reached the Southeast Regional Final, but lost to Providence College, 88–73.

Professional career

Williams was selected with the fourth pick overall of the 1987 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. On December 12, 1987, Williams scored 34 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a loss against the Seattle SuperSonics.[3]

Williams would spend ten seasons (1987–1997) in the league, playing for the Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets (who he spent parts of 6 seasons with, the most of any franchise he played with), Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets.

During the 1991-92 NBA season with Denver, Williams played 81 games and averaged career-highs of 18.2 points and 1.8 steals per game.[4] Twice in that season Williams recorded a career-best 7 steals in a single game.[5] On December 1, 1992, Williams scored 35 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a 112-105 win against the Houston Rockets.[6]

In the 1994 NBA playoffs, Williams played a key role in Denver’s unprecedented upset of the SuperSonics in the first round. It was the first time in league history that an 8 seed beat a 1 seed in the first round.[7]

He retired with career totals of 7,508 points and 2,393 rebounds.

In July 2021, sportswriter Bill Simmons said “I still feel like if Reggie Williams goes to a different team, his entire career is different. The Clippers stamp went right on him,” when discussing the 1987 NBA draft.[8]

Life after the NBA

Williams became the boys' basketball coach at Towson Catholic High School on May 30, 2009. He had previously served in the same capacity at Jericho Christian Academy in Landover, Maryland until it closed several weeks later.[9] In 2010, he became coach at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.[10] He resigned in February 2013.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Dunbar High: Brick House". SLAM Online. September 21, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
  2. ^ Johnson, Roy S. (March 2, 1987). "The Big East Tournament; Williams Is Going Out In Style". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Clippers at Seattle SuperSonics Box Score, December 12, 1987 | Basketball-Reference.com".
  4. ^ Reggie Williams Per Game Stats
  5. ^ Reggie Williams Career High 7 Steal Games
  6. ^ "Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets Box Score, December 1, 1992 | Basketball-Reference.com".
  7. ^ "Stunning! No. 8 Denver Nuggets' overtime win upsets No. 1 seed Seattle SuperSonics". May 8, 1994.
  8. ^ "How Does Giannis Compare to Hakeem? | the Bill Simmons Podcast". YouTube.
  9. ^ Barker, Jeff. "Towson Catholic hires Dunbar great as new coach," The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, May 31, 2009.
  10. ^ Georgetown Great Reggie Williams Hired by Carroll
  11. ^ Parker, Brandon (February 8, 2013). "Reggie Williams resigns as Carroll basketball coach after clashing with team parents, school principal". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 1, 2014.