With the nickname ‘The Wizard’ you have to be able to do some extraordinary things on the basketball court, and Walt Williams could do just that. Taken with the 7th pick of the 1992 NBA Draft, by the Sacramento Kings, Williams was league ready and it showed in his Rookie season where he averaged 17 points in just over 28 minutes a game. Standing at 6 foot 8, Williams could stretch the defence with his 3-point shooting prowess and length. Known for his iconic look of the long white socks up to his knees, Williams began to make a name for himself at the Kings.
In his 3rd season, he was given a starting role and flourished averaging 16.4 points per game. Williams had some nice years with the Kings, however such is the nature of the NBA, he was traded to Miami during the 95-96 season, before again being traded to Toronto the very next year. There he would again put up similar stats to his earlier years scoring 16.4 points per game, then injuries hit derailing his time in Toronto.
Williams would spend time at Portland, Houston and Dallas before his career finished in 2003. Williams hit a total of 976, 3-pointers during is career at almost 38%. Walt ‘The Wizard’ Williams had a more than serviceable career in the NBA, particularly in his early years when he had some good seasons with the Kings, he also made some headlines during his career, perhaps his biggest was when he punched Shawn Bradley!
Williams wore the numbers #42 and #43 during his NBA career.
Williams participated in the 1997, 3-Point shootout at the All-Star Weekend.