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Shammond Williams

Shammond Williams

Shammond Omar Williams (born April 5 1975, in The Bronx, New York City) is an American professional basketball player. The 6'1" (1.85 m) combination point guard/shooting guard is known for his long-range shooting accuracy. In 2006-07 he played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. On July 16 2007 Williams signed with Pamesa Valencia of the Spanish ACB.

Collegiate career

Williams played college basketball at North Carolina under Dean Smith and later, Bill Guthridge. During the 1997-1998 season, he was a member of new coach Bill Guthridge's successful "Six Starters" rotation with Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Ed Cota, Ademola Okulaja and Makhtar N'Diaye. That season (his final college season), he averaged 16.7 points and 4.2 assists per game to go along with career averages of 10.7 points and 3.0 assists per game.

When Williams graduated from North Carolina, he held the following school records:

  • Most Career Three Point Field Goals Made: 233
  • Most Season Three Point Field Goals Made: 95
  • Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game: 8 (tie)
  • Highest Career Free Throw Percentage: .849
  • Highest Season Free Throw Percentage .911

Williams also became a pioneer of the internet during his collegiate career. In 1995, Shammond Williams became the very first collegiate athlete to have a website dedicated to him on the World Wide Web. The website was developed by Seth Fleishman, and an archive of "Shammond's World" is still available for viewing.

Professional career

Williams was selected in the second round, 34th overall, of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. While he never played for the Bulls, he did play for the Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets, and Orlando Magic.

He played internationally for Unics Kazan of Russia (where he obtained Georgian citizenship) and for Winterthur FC Barcelona of the Spanish Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB). He has played for the Georgia national team and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 FIBA All-Star game.

Williams signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 12, 2006. After spending one season with the Lakers, Williams returned to Europe and signed with Pamesa Velencia for three seasons.

Personal

He is a cousin of Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and Louis McCullough of the Syracuse Raging Bullz of the American Basketball Association. He is a member of the Psi Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi.

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