What Happened To NBA-Star Eric Williams?

What Happened To NBA-Star Eric Williams?
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Updated: May 13th 2024

Who Is NBA Player Eric Williams?

Former NBA veteran Eric Williams was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 14th pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He played with them for two years before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in the 1997 offseason for some second-round picks in the draft.

The Nuggets only got four games from Williams during the 1997-98 campaign due to him tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The following season, he returned but only played in 38 of the 82 regular season games with Denver before repatriating him to Boston with Danny Fortson and Eric Washington plus a pick of draft coming in return for Ron Mercer, Ronald "Popeye" Jones, and Dwayne Schintzius.

While in Boston, he was a common name featured in player props at online betting promos due to his consistency as a scorer.

His second term with the Celtics lasted more than four seasons until they traded him with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Tony Battie and Kedrick Brown in a trade to Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, and a second-round draft pick on December 15, 2003.

On June 21, 2006, Williams was traded with Matt Bonner and a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft in San Antonio for Rasho Nesterovič and cash considerations.

On February 13, 2007, Williams was traded with the second pick in the second round 2009 NBA Draft as the Spurs received Raptors at the Charlotte Bobcats for Melvin Ely. On March 16, Williams was released by the Bobcats to make room for Alan Anderson, according to ESPN.

During his NBA career, Williams played for seven teams in 11 years. He also averaged 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.

What NBA Teams did Eric Williams Play for?

Eric Williams' NBA journey began when he was selected by the Boston Celtics as the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft. Throughout his career, Williams played for seven different teams included stints with the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Each team benefited from his experience and on-court presence, making him a valuable player wherever he went.

What Were Eric Williams' Stats in the NBA?

During his time in the NBA, Eric Williams proved to be a reliable player, contributing effectively to his teams' performances. In his NBA career spanning over a decade, Williams averaged around 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.

His shooting efficiency was notable, with a field goal percentage hovering around 43%. Williams' defensive prowess was also evident in his average of nearly 1 steal per game, showcasing his ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor.

Where did Eric Williams go to college?

Before his professional career, Eric Williams honed his basketball skills in college . He attended Providence College in Rhode Island, where he played for the Friars. Before college, he grew up in New Jersey -- and was potentially a fan of these NJ online casinos.

Williams averaged 16.7 points and 6 rebounds a game in 60 games at Providence College, and led the Friars to the NCAA tournament but failed to win a game.

He played under head coach Rick Barnes -- who now coaches at Tennessee -- one of the favorites to win the NCAA Tournament in 2024 according to the top online sportsbooks.

Where is Eric Williams today?

After retiring from professional basketball, Eric Williams transitioned into a life away from the limelight of the NBA. While specific details about his current activities are limited, it is known that he has engaged in various endeavors outside of basketball.

Like many former athletes, Williams has explored different paths post-retirement, seeking new challenges and opportunities beyond the basketball court.

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