Marvin Gaye Williams Jr. (born June 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball under coach Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina. He has previously played for the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz.
High school career
Williams was a standout for Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Washington. Williams earned numerous awards, including being named a McDonald's All-American, a Parade All-American, and all-state. As a senior, he averaged 28.7 points, 15.5 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 5 assists per game.
As a freshman at North Carolina in 2004–05, Williams was an integral part of the Tar Heels' national championship team. He averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 22.2 minutes. As the team's sixth man, Williams provided the Tar Heels with an explosive spark off the bench. He scored the go-ahead basket in North Carolina's 75–70 win over Illinois in the Championship Game. Williams was recognized for his efforts when he was named as an Honorable Mention to the All-ACC team. After completing one season with North Carolina, Williams declared for the 2005 NBA draft.
Atlanta Hawks (2005–2012)
Williams was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, making him the first of four Tar Heels to be lottery picks in the 2005 draft. After averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season, Williams was named to the 2005–06 All-NBA Rookie second team.
On January 25, 2008, Williams scored a career-high 33 points in a 99–90 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics. In Game 7 of the Hawks' 2008 first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Williams was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Rajon Rondo. As a result, he was suspended for the first two games of the 2008–09 season.
On August 7, 2009, Williams re-signed with the Hawks to a five-year, $37.5 million deal.
Utah Jazz (2012–2014)
Charlotte Hornets (2014–present)
On July 21, 2014, Williams signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. On March 27, 2015, he recorded a near triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds in a 110–107 double overtime loss to the Washington Wizards.
On February 26, 2016, Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 96–95 win over the Indiana Pacers, recording his first 20-point, 10-rebound game since April 2012. On March 11, 2016, he tied a career high with five three-pointers and scored 22 points in a 118–103 win over the Detroit Pistons.
On July 10, 2016, Williams re-signed with the Hornets. On March 10, 2017, he recorded 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 121–81 win over the Orlando Magic.
NBA career statistics
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Williams, whose middle name is Gaye, said about his middle name: "I was named after my dad. My grandma named my dad after Marvin Gaye." Since beginning his professional basketball career, Williams took summer courses at UNC to complete his bachelor's degree in African-American studies, graduating from UNC in August 2014.