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Featured News / March 16th, 2017

RIP Chris Williams

The NBL regretfully acknowledges the sad passing of former Sydney Kings import Chris Williams, who unexpectedly passed overnight in Birmingham, Alabama at just 36 years of age.

Williams only played one season in the NBL, but his impact will be remembered forever as one of the League’s all-time best, headlined as a key member of the Sydney Kings first ever Championship winning team in in April 2003.

He stands alone in NBL history as the only one-season player to win both the League MVP award and the Grand Final MVP award.

Arriving into Sydney for his first professional contract as a 22-year old, fresh from four years at the University of Virginia, Williams quickly made his mark on the NBL with a 24-point, 16 rebound debut in the season opener in Townsville.

Williams went on to score more points (896) and grab more rebounds (460) than any other player in 2003 and registered a triple double on 18th of January with 34 points, 11 assists and 15 rebounds against the West Sydney Razorbacks.

Despite playing just one season at the Kings, Williams was named as a starting five player in Sydney’s 25th season anniversary team alongside Shane Heal, Matthew Nielsen, Jason Smith and Dwayne McClain.

Over his 38 NBL games, Williams averaged 23.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.3 blocks.

 

Chris Williams during the NBL Basketball match between the Brisbane Bullets and the Sydney Kings at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland. © Sport the library/Robb Cox 4/12/02