Taken with the 20th pick of the 1975 NBA Draft, by the Golden State Warriors, Gus Williams would become a prolific scorer in the NBA over his short career. Given the nickname ‘The Wizard’ Gus had an offensive arsenal ahead of his time. However his first two seasons in the league didn’t exactly set the world on fire averaging 11.7 and 9.3 points a game for the Warriors.
Subsequently he was let go by the Warriors and given a lifeline by the Seattle Supersonics who signed him in 1977 as a veteran free agent. Here he would shine putting up sensational numbers across 6 seasons with the Sonics. In just his second season at the Sonics he would win an NBA championship in 1978 -79 helping his team by scoring a staggering playoff average of 26.7 points a game. His career best year came in 1982, when he averaged 23.4 points, 6.9 assists and 2.2 steals a game across the whole season.This would see him become an All-Star for the first time. Gus would again be an All-Star the very next season capping off a remarkable few years in Seattle. ‘The Wizard’ had mesmerised the Sonics faithful, but ultimately all good things come to and end and he was traded to the Bullets and then Hawks before his career ended in 1987.
Gus Williams was a true icon of the game!