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Willard Sojourner

Willard L. Sojourner (Willie, Rainbow)

Position: Center ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-8 ▪ Weight: 225 lbs.
Born: September 10, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Relatives: Brother of Mike Sojourner
Died: October 20, 2005
High School: Germantown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
College: Weber State University
Draft: Chicago Bulls, 2nd round (3rd pick, 20th overall), 1971 NBA Draft
ABA Debut: October 15, 1971

Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 84 1313 222 448 .496 0 0 222 448 .496 .496 124 193 .642 185 329 514 56 86 222 568
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 64 1065 199 410 .485 0 0 199 410 .485 .485 84 128 .656 121 243 364 75 80 187 482
1973-74 25 NYA ABA C 82 1316 202 419 .482 0 3 .000 202 416 .486 .482 54 64 .844 110 225 335 54 24 88 85 205 458
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 79 1020 155 324 .478 1 3 .333 154 321 .480 .480 49 70 .700 94 181 275 42 16 64 63 190 360
Career ABA 309 4714 778 1601 .486 1 6 .167 777 1595 .487 .486 311 455 .684 510 978 1488 227 40 152 314 804 1868
2 seasons NYA ABA 161 2336 357 743 .480 1 6 .167 356 737 .483 .481 103 134 .769 204 406 610 96 40 152 148 395 818
2 seasons VIR ABA 148 2378 421 858 .491 0 0 421 858 .491 .491 208 321 .648 306 572 878 131 166 409 1050

Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 84 15.6 2.6 5.3 .496 0.0 0.0 2.6 5.3 .496 1.5 2.3 .642 2.2 3.9 6.1 0.7 1.0 2.6 6.8
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 64 16.6 3.1 6.4 .485 0.0 0.0 3.1 6.4 .485 1.3 2.0 .656 1.9 3.8 5.7 1.2 1.3 2.9 7.5
1973-74 25 NYA ABA C 82 16.0 2.5 5.1 .482 0.0 0.0 .000 2.5 5.1 .486 0.7 0.8 .844 1.3 2.7 4.1 0.7 0.3 1.1 1.0 2.5 5.6
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 79 12.9 2.0 4.1 .478 0.0 0.0 .333 1.9 4.1 .480 0.6 0.9 .700 1.2 2.3 3.5 0.5 0.2 0.8 0.8 2.4 4.6
Career ABA 309 15.3 2.5 5.2 .486 0.0 0.0 .167 2.5 5.2 .487 1.0 1.5 .684 1.7 3.2 4.8 0.7 0.2 0.9 1.0 2.6 6.0
2 seasons NYA ABA 161 14.5 2.2 4.6 .480 0.0 0.0 .167 2.2 4.6 .483 0.6 0.8 .769 1.3 2.5 3.8 0.6 0.2 0.9 0.9 2.5 5.1
2 seasons VIR ABA 148 16.1 2.8 5.8 .491 0.0 0.0 2.8 5.8 .491 1.4 2.2 .648 2.1 3.9 5.9 0.9 1.1 2.8 7.1

Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 84 1313 6.1 12.3 .496 0.0 0.0 6.1 12.3 .496 3.4 5.3 .642 5.1 9.0 14.1 1.5 2.4 6.1 15.6
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 64 1065 6.7 13.9 .485 0.0 0.0 6.7 13.9 .485 2.8 4.3 .656 4.1 8.2 12.3 2.5 2.7 6.3 16.3
1973-74 25 NYA ABA C 82 1316 5.5 11.5 .482 0.0 0.1 .000 5.5 11.4 .486 1.5 1.8 .844 3.0 6.2 9.2 1.5 0.7 2.4 2.3 5.6 12.5
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 79 1020 5.5 11.4 .478 0.0 0.1 .333 5.4 11.3 .480 1.7 2.5 .700 3.3 6.4 9.7 1.5 0.6 2.3 2.2 6.7 12.7
Career ABA 309 4714 5.9 12.2 .486 0.0 0.0 .167 5.9 12.2 .487 2.4 3.5 .684 3.9 7.5 11.4 1.7 0.6 2.3 2.4 6.1 14.3
2 seasons NYA ABA 161 2336 5.5 11.5 .480 0.0 0.1 .167 5.5 11.4 .483 1.6 2.1 .769 3.1 6.3 9.4 1.5 0.6 2.3 2.3 6.1 12.6
2 seasons VIR ABA 148 2378 6.4 13.0 .491 0.0 0.0 6.4 13.0 .491 3.1 4.9 .648 4.6 8.7 13.3 2.0 2.5 6.2 15.9

Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS ORtg DRtg
1973-74 25 NYA ABA C 82 1316 7.0 14.6 .482 0.0 0.1 .000 7.0 14.4 .486 1.9 2.2 .844 3.8 7.8 11.6 1.9 0.8 3.1 3.0 7.1 15.9 101 98
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 79 1020 7.1 14.8 .478 0.0 0.1 .333 7.0 14.6 .480 2.2 3.2 .700 4.3 8.2 12.5 1.9 0.7 2.9 2.9 8.7 16.4 101 99
Career ABA 309 4714 7.0 14.6 .486 0.0 0.1 .167 15.3 31.4 .487 6.1 9.0 .684 10.0 8.0 29.3 1.9 0.8 3.0 6.2 15.8 36.8 101 98
2 seasons NYA ABA 161 2336 7.0 14.6 .480 0.0 0.1 .167 7.0 14.5 .483 2.0 2.6 .769 4.0 8.0 12.0 1.9 0.8 3.0 2.9 7.8 16.1 101 98
2 seasons VIR ABA 148 2378 .491 .491 .648

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48 OBPM DBPM BPM VORP
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 84 1313 15.9 .533 .000 .431 12.3 21.9 17.1 5.4 13.9 17.0 1.5 2.0 3.5 .129
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 64 1065 14.3 .517 .000 .312 11.2 22.1 16.7 9.5 14.6 19.0 0.8 1.1 1.9 .086
1973-74 25 NYA ABA C 82 1316 12.3 .512 .007 .153 8.4 16.6 12.6 5.2 0.8 3.7 16.0 15.7 0.8 2.2 3.0 .109 -2.3 1.2 -1.1 0.3
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 79 1020 11.9 .507 .009 .216 9.5 17.6 13.7 5.2 0.7 3.5 15.1 16.4 0.5 1.8 2.4 .111 -2.7 0.9 -1.8 0.1
Career ABA 309 4714 13.7 .519 .004 .284 10.4 19.5 15.0 6.2 0.8 3.6 14.8 16.9 3.6 7.1 10.8 .110 -2.5 1.1 -1.4 0.3
2 seasons NYA ABA 161 2336 12.1 .510 .008 .180 8.9 17.0 13.0 5.2 0.8 3.6 15.6 16.0 1.3 4.0 5.4 .110 -2.5 1.1 -1.4 0.3
2 seasons VIR ABA 148 2378 15.2 .525 .000 .374 11.8 22.0 16.9 7.2 14.2 17.9 2.3 3.1 5.4 .110

Playoffs Totals

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 10 58 11 21 .524 0 0 11 21 .524 .524 4 4 1.000 23 6 11 11 26
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 3 20 4 7 .571 0 0 4 7 .571 .571 2 2 1.000 3 3 6 2 2 2 10
1973-74 ❍ 25 NYA ABA C 14 154 17 41 .415 0 0 17 41 .415 .415 5 9 .556 16 18 34 8 2 12 12 26 39
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 5 65 12 22 .545 0 0 12 22 .545 .545 3 5 .600 8 5 13 2 0 9 5 13 27
Career ABA 32 297 44 91 .484 0 0 44 91 .484 .484 14 20 .700 27 26 76 18 2 21 30 52 102
2 seasons NYA ABA 19 219 29 63 .460 0 0 29 63 .460 .460 8 14 .571 24 23 47 10 2 21 17 39 66
2 seasons VIR ABA 13 78 15 28 .536 0 0 15 28 .536 .536 6 6 1.000 3 3 29 8 13 13 36

Playoffs Per Game

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 10 5.8 1.1 2.1 .524 0.0 0.0 1.1 2.1 .524 0.4 0.4 1.000 2.3 0.6 1.1 1.1 2.6
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 3 6.7 1.3 2.3 .571 0.0 0.0 1.3 2.3 .571 0.7 0.7 1.000 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.7 0.7 0.7 3.3
1973-74 ❍ 25 NYA ABA C 14 11.0 1.2 2.9 .415 0.0 0.0 1.2 2.9 .415 0.4 0.6 .556 1.1 1.3 2.4 0.6 0.1 0.9 0.9 1.9 2.8
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 5 13.0 2.4 4.4 .545 0.0 0.0 2.4 4.4 .545 0.6 1.0 .600 1.6 1.0 2.6 0.4 0.0 1.8 1.0 2.6 5.4
Career ABA 32 9.3 1.4 2.8 .484 0.0 0.0 1.4 2.8 .484 0.4 0.6 .700 1.2 1.2 2.4 0.6 0.1 1.1 0.9 1.6 3.2
2 seasons NYA ABA 19 11.5 1.5 3.3 .460 0.0 0.0 1.5 3.3 .460 0.4 0.7 .571 1.3 1.2 2.5 0.5 0.1 1.1 0.9 2.1 3.5
2 seasons VIR ABA 13 6.0 1.2 2.2 .536 0.0 0.0 1.2 2.2 .536 0.5 0.5 1.000 1.0 1.0 2.2 0.6 1.0 1.0 2.8

Playoffs Per 36 Minutes

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 10 58 6.8 13.0 .524 0.0 0.0 6.8 13.0 .524 2.5 2.5 1.000 14.3 3.7 6.8 6.8 16.1
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 3 20 7.2 12.6 .571 0.0 0.0 7.2 12.6 .571 3.6 3.6 1.000 5.4 5.4 10.8 3.6 3.6 3.6 18.0
1973-74 ❍ 25 NYA ABA C 14 154 4.0 9.6 .415 0.0 0.0 4.0 9.6 .415 1.2 2.1 .556 3.7 4.2 7.9 1.9 0.5 2.8 2.8 6.1 9.1
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 5 65 6.6 12.2 .545 0.0 0.0 6.6 12.2 .545 1.7 2.8 .600 4.4 2.8 7.2 1.1 0.0 5.0 2.8 7.2 15.0
Career ABA 32 297 5.3 11.0 .484 0.0 0.0 5.3 11.0 .484 1.7 2.4 .700 4.1 3.9 9.2 2.2 0.3 3.5 3.6 6.3 12.4
2 seasons NYA ABA 19 219 4.8 10.4 .460 0.0 0.0 4.8 10.4 .460 1.3 2.3 .571 3.9 3.8 7.7 1.6 0.3 3.5 2.8 6.4 10.8
2 seasons VIR ABA 13 78 6.9 12.9 .536 0.0 0.0 6.9 12.9 .536 2.8 2.8 1.000 5.4 5.4 13.4 3.7 6.0 6.0 16.6

Playoffs Per 100 Poss

Per possession stats available as of 1973-74 season
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS ORtg DRtg
1973-74 ❍ 25 NYA ABA C 14 154 5.3 12.8 .415 0.0 0.0 5.3 12.8 .415 1.6 2.8 .556 5.0 5.6 10.6 2.5 0.6 3.7 3.7 8.1 12.2 88 97
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 5 65 8.7 16.0 .545 0.0 0.0 8.7 16.0 .545 2.2 3.6 .600 5.8 3.6 9.4 1.5 0.0 6.5 3.6 9.4 19.6 104 107
Career ABA 32 297 6.3 13.7 .484 0.0 0.0 9.6 19.8 .484 3.1 4.4 .700 5.9 5.0 16.6 2.2 0.4 4.6 6.5 11.3 22.2 94 100
2 seasons NYA ABA 19 219 6.3 13.7 .460 0.0 0.0 6.3 13.7 .460 1.7 3.1 .571 5.2 5.0 10.2 2.2 0.4 4.6 3.7 8.5 14.4 94 100
2 seasons VIR ABA 13 78 .536 .536 1.000

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% 3PAr FTr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% OWS DWS WS WS/48
1971-72 23 VIR ABA C 10 58 12.7 .571 .000 .190 18.2 13.1 32.6 21.7 0.1 0.1 0.2 .197
1972-73 24 VIR ABA C 3 20 23.6 .635 .000 .286 16.9 17.0 20.2 20.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 .127
1973-74 ❍ 25 NYA ABA C 14 154 8.2 .434 .000 .220 10.4 11.2 10.8 6.2 0.6 4.3 21.1 14.9 -0.1 0.3 0.2 .058
1974-75 26 NYA ABA C 5 65 14.0 .558 .000 .227 12.1 8.1 10.2 4.4 0.0 7.7 17.1 18.4 0.0 0.1 0.1 .080
Career ABA 32 297 11.4 .511 .000 .220 10.9 10.3 12.5 7.9 0.4 5.3 23.1 17.4 0.1 0.5 0.6 .095
2 seasons NYA ABA 19 219 9.9 .477 .000 .222 10.9 10.3 10.6 5.7 0.4 5.3 19.7 15.9 -0.1 0.4 0.3 .064
2 seasons VIR ABA 13 78 15.5 .587 .000 .214 17.9 14.1 29.8 21.4 0.2 0.1 0.3 .179

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 4 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4
Willard Sojourner 3.5 3.0 2.4 1.9
Jim Barnes 95.5 3.4 2.9 2.4 2.1
Leon Douglas 94.3 3.6 3.1 2.1 2.1
Leroy Ellis 92.6 3.8 2.8 2.3 1.6
Bob Hopkins 88.0 3.5 2.7 1.9 1.4
Erwin Mueller 87.7 3.5 3.2 2.5 0.9
Kleggie Hermsen 87.6 4.3 3.0 2.9 1.9
George Peeples 86.5 4.1 3.2 2.1 1.5
Duane Causwell 85.6 3.9 2.9 2.8 1.2
Manute Bol 85.5 3.9 2.4 2.0 1.7
Francisco Elson 85.4 3.1 2.9 1.8 1.6
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Willard Sojourner 3.5 3.0 2.4 1.9
Bob Hopkins 88.0 3.5 2.7 1.9 1.4
Ian Mahinmi 87.5 3.4 3.3 2.3 1.8 0.7 0.2
George Peeples 84.9 4.1 3.2 2.1 1.5 0.2 0.0
Kleggie Hermsen 83.3 4.3 3.0 2.9 1.9 -0.5
Anthony Tolliver 81.1 3.3 3.2 2.5 1.2 0.9 0.0
Victor Alexander 80.4 3.0 2.5 2.3 1.1 -0.1
Brad Sellers 78.1 3.3 3.3 2.6 0.4 0.2 0.0
Bryant Reeves 77.6 4.9 2.9 2.4 2.3 0.6 -0.1
Joel Anthony 76.6 3.4 3.3 3.1 1.7 1.2 0.6 0.2
Art Spoelstra 75.8 3.7 1.8 1.7 1.4

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Championships
(Minimum 1 playoff game)
1974 New York Nets (ABA)

Games
1971-72 ABA 84 (2)
Career ABA 309 (80)

Offensive Rebounds
Career ABA 510 (83)

Defensive Rebounds
Career ABA 978 (76)

Total Rebounds
Career ABA 1488 (81)

Blocks
Career ABA 152 (23)

Personal Fouls
Career ABA 804 (86)

Defensive Win Shares
Career ABA 7.1 (91)

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