Herb Williams

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Herb Williams
Herb Williams
Position: Forward/Center
Height: 6'11"
Weight: 242
Nationality: American
Born: 2/16/1958
Birthplace: Columbus, OH
Draft: 14th overall
Drafted By: Indiana
College: Ohio State '81
NBA Career: 1981-1999
Mavs Tenure: 1989-1992

Herb Williams (born February 16, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on February 21, 1989 along with a second round draft choice, in return for forward Detlef Schrempf.

Williams was a four-year starter at Ohio State and was selected All-Big 10 his junior year as he guided the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament and led the team in scoring with a 17.6 points per game average.

He graduated as Ohio State's all-time leading scorer with 2,011 and still ranks second in career blocked shots with 328. He's also the only Buckeye to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

The Indiana Pacers made Williams a first round draft pick in the 1981 draft and he played there from 1982 to 1989 and had his most productive years. He played in all 82 regular season games his rookie year and had his best statistical year in 1985-1986 when he averaged 19.9 ppg.

Williams was traded to the Dallas Mavericks after the 1988-1989 season. He played in Dallas for three-and-a-half seasons with his highest point production coming in 1990-1991 at 12.5 points per game.

In 1992, he was signed by the New York Knicks, where he spent seven years playing alongside perennial All-Star Patrick Ewing. He and Ewing are the only Knicks to have been a part of both Eastern Conference championship teams in 1994 and 1999.

Williams played 1 game (31 minutes) for the Toronto Raptors in 1996 before being waived and quickly returned to the Knicks for a final three seasons. He played a total of 18 seasons (1,102 games) in the NBA which is just three shy of the league record of 21 seasons.

The Knicks brought Williams on as an assistant coach on December 29, 2001. Still with the Knicks today, he has a record of 17-27 as a head coach. He won one game when he filled in as an interim head coach on January 14, 2004 and had a 16-27 record after succeeding Lenny Wilkins for the second half of the 2004-2005 campaign. He is currently on the staff of head coach Mike D'Antoni.

Williams was honored with selection to the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.