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Encyclopedia > Buck Williams

Charles Linwood Williams (born March 8, 1960 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina), better known as "Buck", is a former American professional basketball player. March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in Leap years). ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Rocky Mount is a city located in North Carolina. ... Basketball is very popular in U.S. colleges. ...


Despite his height (6'8"), Williams was one of the best rebounders in the history of the NBA league. His fifteen year NBA career was crowned with three All-Star Game appearances, a Rookie of the Year award, All-Rookie team selection, an All-NBA second team selection and four selections to the first and second All-Defensive teams. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season. ...

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College

Williams attended the local high school in Rocky Mount before going off to play collegiately at the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, Williams led the Atlantic Conference in rebounding twice (1979 and 1981), while averaging 15.5 points per game in his sophomore and junior years. National recognition of his performances came when he was selected to the 1980 USA Olympic basketball team, along such players as later two-time NBA champions Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre. The team never made it to Moscow's 1980 Summer Olympics, due to the United States' decision not to participate in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public coeducational university situated in suburban College Park, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. The flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to... For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, and is currently the president of basketball operations for the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Mark Aguirre won a championship ring with the Detroit Pistons. ... Saint Basils Cathedral and Spasskaya Tower of Moscow Kremlin at Red Square. ... The Games of the XXII Olympiad were held in 1980 in Moscow, Soviet Union. ... Soviet redirects here. ...


New Jersey years: 1981-1989

After three years at Maryland, Williams decided to leave for the NBA. The New Jersey Nets selected him third overall in the 1981 NBA Draft, behind Olympic teammates Aguirre and Thomas. In his first season with the Nets, he averaged 15.5 points and led the team with 12.3 rebounds per game, helping New Jersey win 20 more games (a 44-38 win-loss record) than the previous year and earning 1982 Rookie of the Year honors. Williams established himself as a premier player at the power forward position over the next eight seasons with the Nets; in six of those he was ranked among the best three rebounders in the league, never averaging less than twelve rebounds per game. This period (1984) featured the Nets' best playoffs effort since merging into the NBA from the ABA in 1977 - their first second-round appearance, where they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. (Not until 2002 did the Nets get past the first round of the playoffs again). The New Jersey Nets are a National Basketball Association team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... 1981 NBA Draft - 9 June 1981 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft Categories: NBA Draft ... A power forward is a position in some team sports. ... The NBA Playoffs are four rounds of competition between sixteen teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conferences (called Divisions, pre-1970) of the National Basketball Association. ... The American Basketball Association (ABA) refers to two distinct professional basketball leagues. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... The Milwaukee Bucks are a National Basketball Association team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... The NBA Playoffs are four rounds of competition between sixteen teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conferences (called Divisions, pre-1970) of the National Basketball Association. ...


Portland years: 1989-1996

On June 24, 1989, the Nets traded Williams to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Sam Bowie and a draft pick. In Portland, Williams would continue his solid play and take a complementary frontcourt role to established guard duo of Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter. The Blazers' post-season campaigns ended in the first round four consecutive years prior to 1990. Wiliams' first three seasons with the Blazers were marked by three Western Conference Finals appearances and two NBA Finals, in 1990 and 1992; in 1990 they succumbed to the powerhouse Detroit Pistons in five games, and in 1992 fell to the ever-improving Chicago Bulls in six. Williams was regularly in the starting lineup for the first six of his seven seasons with the Blazers. He remains the franchise leader in field goal percentage (55.0%). June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Samuel Paul Bowie (born March 17, 1961 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is a former National Basketball Association center who is best known for being selected ahead of Michael Jordan in the NBA Draft. ... Clyde Drexler at a book signing Clyde Austin The Glide Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former NBA all-star guard. ... Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former NBA player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association team based in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area. ... The Chicago Bulls are a National Basketball Association team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Late years

In the twilight of his career, after the 1995-96 season, he moved back to the Atlantic Division to sign with the New York Knicks, where he played in a much more limited capacity, behind the frontcourt duo of Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley. He spent two years with the Knicks but was forced to miss 41 games during 1997-98 season due to knee surgery (the first time in his career he missed more than 12 games in a season). Williams announced his retirement on January 27, 1999, holding career averages of 12.8 points and ten rebounds per game and a field goal average of 54.9 percent. The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The New York Knicks (or New York Knickerbockers) are a National Basketball Association team based in New York, New York. ... Ewing Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a former NBA player. ... Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a 69 former basketball player who played power forward and gained fame in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks in the early 1990s. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


He is also a one-time president of the NBA Player's Association.


Awards and Accomplishments

USA Olympic Team: 1980 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...



NBA All-Star: 1982, 1983, 1986 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA All-NBA (2nd team): 1983 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA Rookie of the Year: 1982 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA All-Rookie (1st team): 1982 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA All-Defense (2nd team): 1988 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA All-Defense (1st team): 1990 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA All-Defense (1st team): 1991 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA All-Defense (2nd team): 1992 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



NBA Field Goal Percentage leader: 1991 (60.2%), 1992 (60.4%) 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA Minutes Played leader: 1985 (3182) 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA Offensive Rebounds (total) leader: 1984 (355) 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA Games Played leader: 1985 (82), 1987 (82), 1990 (82), 1995 (82) 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


 
 

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