Oct 8, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Elliot Williams (25) dribbles the ball up court at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers defeated the Hornets 106-92. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Elliot Williams – Guard
"Williams was one of the top players in the D-League all season. He earned call-ups from Utah, Charlotte and New Orleans but ended up back with Santa Cruz as he helped them win the D-League Championship. He has size at 6’5 and the ability to play point guard or shooting guard in the NBA. – Chris Reichert"
Having played his college ball at Duke and then the University of Memphis, Williams entered the NBA back in 2010 seen as a real top class prospect.
Williams was selected with the 22nd pick of the first round in that year by the Portland Trail Blazers, but lady luck never really proved to be on his side. Portland stuck with Williams for three years, but a tortutous combination of knee, shoulder and achilles injuries limited his involvement with the Blazers to just 24 games.
From there Williams had very short spells with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers before finding himself in the D-League. This season, Williams played for the Santa Cruz Warriors, at least between further short bursts in the NBA.
For the season in Santa Cruz, Williams averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals with shooting marks of 47.1 percent from the field and 37 percent from deep.
Williams was named a D-League All-Star, made the All-NBA D-League Second Team, and most importantly picked up a D-League championship while being named Finals MVP in the process.
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