Jason Williams Biography
Jason Williams whose full name is Jason Chandler Williams, is an American retired professional basketball player who was a point guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for twelve seasons during the late 1990s and 2000s. He was born on November 18, 1975 in Belle, West Virginia.
He attended DuPont High School (now-defunct) in Belle, where he played high school basketball for the DuPont Panthers in 1994, and led his high school team to the state championship before being defeated in the final. He became the only player in DuPont team history to reach 1,000 points and 500 assists. USA Today named Williams the West Virginia Player of the Year in 1994.
After high school, he attended Marshall University. At Marshall, he played for coach Billy Donovan’s Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball team from 1994 to 1996. After redshirting his first season, he averaged 13.4 points and 6.4 assists per game during his 1995–96 freshman year. When Marshall coach Billy Donovan accepted the head coaching position at the University of Florida in the summer of 1996, Williams decided to transfer and follow Donovan to Florida.
After sitting out the 1996–97 season as required by the NCAA transfer rule, he became the starting point guard for the Florida Gators men’s basketball team during the 1997–98 season, and set a Florida Gators single-game record with 17 assists in a December 3, 1997 game against Duquesne. Through twenty games, he averaged 17.1 points, 6.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game, and led the Gators to an 86–78 upset of the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington. In February 1998, however, the University of Florida suspended him for the remainder of the season for marijuana use, after two previous suspensions for the same infraction.
Following his suspension by the University of Florida, Williams decided to make himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He was the seventh overall selection in the 1998 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. In 2001, the Sacramento Kings traded Williams and Nick Anderson to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Mike Bibby and Brent Price. On August 2, 2005, Williams and teammate James Posey were two of thirteen players involved in the biggest trade in league history that saw them being dealt to the Miami Heat in exchange for shooting guard Eddie Jones.
In the summer of 2008, Williams signed with the Los Angeles Clippers to a one-year deal. However, on September 26, 2008 Williams announced his retirement from the NBA after 10 years due to persistent injuries. In February 2009, Williams announced he would attempt a return to the NBA. On August 19, 2009, Williams signed with the Orlando Magic. He re-signed with the team on August 3, 2010 and was granted his release from the team on January 26, 2011. He signed a two-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies on February 7, 2011 and on April 18, 2011, Williams officially announced his second retirement from the NBA.
Jason Williams Age
He was born on November 18, 1975.
Jason Williams Wife
Williams married Denika Kisty, a University of Florida alumna, a former member of the Florida Gators track and field team, and an All-American javelin thrower.
Jason Williams Son
Williams and his wife have three children.
Jason Williams Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
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Jason Williams Stats: Playoffs