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Sly Williams

Sylvester Williams

Position: Small Forward and Power Forward ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-7 ▪ Weight: 210 lbs.
Born: January 26, 1958 in New Haven, Connecticut
High School: Lee in New Haven, Connecticut
College: University of Rhode Island
Draft: New York Knicks, 1st round (21st pick, 21st overall), 1979 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: October 12, 1979

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Totals

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
1979-80 22 NYK NBA SF 57 556 104 267 .390 0 4 .000 104 263 .395 58 90 .644 65 56 121 36 19 8 49 73 266
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 67 1976 349 708 .493 2 8 .250 347 700 .496 185 268 .690 159 257 416 180 116 18 141 199 885
1981-82 24 NYK NBA SF 60 27 1521 349 628 .556 2 9 .222 347 619 .561 131 173 .757 100 127 227 142 77 16 114 153 831
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 68 6 1385 314 647 .485 2 19 .105 312 628 .497 176 259 .680 94 196 290 133 73 3 133 166 806
1983-84 26 ATL NBA SF 13 1 258 34 114 .298 1 9 .111 33 105 .314 36 46 .783 19 31 50 16 14 1 18 33 105
1984-85 27 ATL NBA SF 34 20 867 167 380 .439 4 15 .267 163 365 .447 79 123 .642 45 123 168 94 28 8 78 83 417
1985-86 28 BOS NBA SF 6 0 54 5 21 .238 0 4 .000 5 17 .294 7 12 .583 7 8 15 2 1 1 7 15 17
Career NBA 305 54 6617 1322 2765 .478 11 68 .162 1311 2697 .486 672 971 .692 489 798 1287 603 328 55 540 722 3327
4 seasons NYK NBA 252 33 5438 1116 2250 .496 6 40 .150 1110 2210 .502 550 790 .696 418 636 1054 491 285 45 437 591 2788
2 seasons ATL NBA 47 21 1125 201 494 .407 5 24 .208 196 470 .417 115 169 .680 64 154 218 110 42 9 96 116 522
1 season BOS NBA 6 0 54 5 21 .238 0 4 .000 5 17 .294 7 12 .583 7 8 15 2 1 1 7 15 17

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
1979-80 22 NYK NBA SF 57 9.8 1.8 4.7 .390 0.0 0.1 .000 1.8 4.6 .395 1.0 1.6 .644 1.1 1.0 2.1 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.9 1.3 4.7
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 67 29.5 5.2 10.6 .493 0.0 0.1 .250 5.2 10.4 .496 2.8 4.0 .690 2.4 3.8 6.2 2.7 1.7 0.3 2.1 3.0 13.2
1981-82 24 NYK NBA SF 60 27 25.4 5.8 10.5 .556 0.0 0.2 .222 5.8 10.3 .561 2.2 2.9 .757 1.7 2.1 3.8 2.4 1.3 0.3 1.9 2.6 13.9
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 68 6 20.4 4.6 9.5 .485 0.0 0.3 .105 4.6 9.2 .497 2.6 3.8 .680 1.4 2.9 4.3 2.0 1.1 0.0 2.0 2.4 11.9
1983-84 26 ATL NBA SF 13 1 19.8 2.6 8.8 .298 0.1 0.7 .111 2.5 8.1 .314 2.8 3.5 .783 1.5 2.4 3.8 1.2 1.1 0.1 1.4 2.5 8.1
1984-85 27 ATL NBA SF 34 20 25.5 4.9 11.2 .439 0.1 0.4 .267 4.8 10.7 .447 2.3 3.6 .642 1.3 3.6 4.9 2.8 0.8 0.2 2.3 2.4 12.3
1985-86 28 BOS NBA SF 6 0 9.0 0.8 3.5 .238 0.0 0.7 .000 0.8 2.8 .294 1.2 2.0 .583 1.2 1.3 2.5 0.3 0.2 0.2 1.2 2.5 2.8
Career NBA 305 54 21.7 4.3 9.1 .478 0.0 0.2 .162 4.3 8.8 .486 2.2 3.2 .692 1.6 2.6 4.2 2.0 1.1 0.2 1.8 2.4 10.9
4 seasons NYK NBA 252 33 21.6 4.4 8.9 .496 0.0 0.2 .150 4.4 8.8 .502 2.2 3.1 .696 1.7 2.5 4.2 1.9 1.1 0.2 1.7 2.3 11.1
2 seasons ATL NBA 47 21 23.9 4.3 10.5 .407 0.1 0.5 .208 4.2 10.0 .417 2.4 3.6 .680 1.4 3.3 4.6 2.3 0.9 0.2 2.0 2.5 11.1
1 season BOS NBA 6 0 9.0 0.8 3.5 .238 0.0 0.7 .000 0.8 2.8 .294 1.2 2.0 .583 1.2 1.3 2.5 0.3 0.2 0.2 1.2 2.5 2.8

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
1979-80 22 NYK NBA SF 57 556 6.7 17.3 .390 0.0 0.3 .000 6.7 17.0 .395 3.8 5.8 .644 4.2 3.6 7.8 2.3 1.2 0.5 3.2 4.7 17.2
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 67 1976 6.4 12.9 .493 0.0 0.1 .250 6.3 12.8 .496 3.4 4.9 .690 2.9 4.7 7.6 3.3 2.1 0.3 2.6 3.6 16.1
1981-82 24 NYK NBA SF 60 27 1521 8.3 14.9 .556 0.0 0.2 .222 8.2 14.7 .561 3.1 4.1 .757 2.4 3.0 5.4 3.4 1.8 0.4 2.7 3.6 19.7
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 68 6 1385 8.2 16.8 .485 0.1 0.5 .105 8.1 16.3 .497 4.6 6.7 .680 2.4 5.1 7.5 3.5 1.9 0.1 3.5 4.3 21.0
1983-84 26 ATL NBA SF 13 1 258 4.7 15.9 .298 0.1 1.3 .111 4.6 14.7 .314 5.0 6.4 .783 2.7 4.3 7.0 2.2 2.0 0.1 2.5 4.6 14.7
1984-85 27 ATL NBA SF 34 20 867 6.9 15.8 .439 0.2 0.6 .267 6.8 15.2 .447 3.3 5.1 .642 1.9 5.1 7.0 3.9 1.2 0.3 3.2 3.4 17.3
1985-86 28 BOS NBA SF 6 0 54 3.3 14.0 .238 0.0 2.7 .000 3.3 11.3 .294 4.7 8.0 .583 4.7 5.3 10.0 1.3 0.7 0.7 4.7 10.0 11.3
Career NBA 305 54 6617 7.2 15.0 .478 0.1 0.4 .162 7.1 14.7 .486 3.7 5.3 .692 2.7 4.3 7.0 3.3 1.8 0.3 2.9 3.9 18.1
4 seasons NYK NBA 252 33 5438 7.4 14.9 .496 0.0 0.3 .150 7.3 14.6 .502 3.6 5.2 .696 2.8 4.2 7.0 3.3 1.9 0.3 2.9 3.9 18.5
2 seasons ATL NBA 47 21 1125 6.4 15.8 .407 0.2 0.8 .208 6.3 15.0 .417 3.7 5.4 .680 2.0 4.9 7.0 3.5 1.3 0.3 3.1 3.7 16.7
1 season BOS NBA 6 0 54 3.3 14.0 .238 0.0 2.7 .000 3.3 11.3 .294 4.7 8.0 .583 4.7 5.3 10.0 1.3 0.7 0.7 4.7 10.0 11.3

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
1979-80 22 NYK NBA SF 57 556 8.4 21.6 .390 0.0 0.3 .000 8.4 17.0 .395 4.7 7.3 .644 5.3 4.5 9.8 2.9 1.5 0.6 4.0 5.9 21.6
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 67 1976 8.4 17.0 .493 0.0 0.2 .250 8.3 12.8 .496 4.4 6.4 .690 3.8 6.2 10.0 4.3 2.8 0.4 3.4 4.8 21.3
1981-82 24 NYK NBA SF 60 27 1521 11.1 19.9 .556 0.1 0.3 .222 11.0 14.7 .561 4.2 5.5 .757 3.2 4.0 7.2 4.5 2.4 0.5 3.6 4.9 26.4
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 68 6 1385 11.2 23.1 .485 0.1 0.7 .105 11.1 16.3 .497 6.3 9.3 .680 3.4 7.0 10.4 4.8 2.6 0.1 4.8 5.9 28.8
1983-84 26 ATL NBA SF 13 1 258 6.6 22.2 .298 0.2 1.8 .111 6.4 14.7 .314 7.0 9.0 .783 3.7 6.1 9.8 3.1 2.7 0.2 3.5 6.4 20.5
1984-85 27 ATL NBA SF 34 20 867 9.3 21.1 .439 0.2 0.8 .267 9.0 15.2 .447 4.4 6.8 .642 2.5 6.8 9.3 5.2 1.6 0.4 4.3 4.6 23.1
1985-86 28 BOS NBA SF 6 0 54 4.4 18.4 .238 0.0 3.5 .000 4.4 11.3 .294 6.1 10.5 .583 6.1 7.0 13.2 1.8 0.9 0.9 6.1 13.2 14.9
Career NBA 305 54 6617 9.6 20.1 .478 0.1 0.5 .162 9.5 19.6 .486 4.9 7.1 .692 3.6 5.8 9.3 4.4 2.4 0.4 3.9 5.2 24.2
4 seasons NYK NBA 252 33 5438 9.8 19.8 .496 0.1 0.4 .150 9.8 19.5 .502 4.8 7.0 .696 3.7 5.6 9.3 4.3 2.5 0.4 3.9 5.2 24.6
2 seasons ATL NBA 47 21 1125 8.7 21.3 .407 0.2 1.0 .208 8.5 20.3 .417 5.0 7.3 .680 2.8 6.7 9.4 4.8 1.8 0.4 4.1 5.0 22.5
1 season BOS NBA 6 0 54 4.4 18.4 .238 0.0 3.5 .000 4.4 14.9 .294 6.1 10.5 .583 6.1 7.0 13.2 1.8 0.9 0.9 6.1 13.2 14.9

Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1979-80 22 NYK NBA SF 57 556 10.7 .434 .390 .337 .015 12.6 11.1 11.9 8.4 1.5 0.8 13.8 24.6 92 109 -0.4 0.3 -0.1 -0.006
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 67 1976 16.6 .536 .494 .379 .011 8.9 15.4 12.0 12.9 2.8 0.5 14.6 19.9 107 103 2.4 2.7 5.1 .124
1981-82 24 NYK NBA SF 60 1521 18.6 .590 .557 .275 .014 7.4 9.7 8.5 14.2 2.4 0.6 13.9 22.2 113 109 2.9 1.3 4.2 .133
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 68 1385 18.2 .530 .487 .400 .029 7.9 16.8 12.3 16.0 2.6 0.1 14.9 27.5 102 98 1.2 2.6 3.8 .132
1983-84 26 ATL NBA SF 13 258 9.3 .391 .303 .404 .079 8.3 13.9 11.1 9.1 2.7 0.2 11.8 25.5 87 105 -0.5 0.3 -0.1 -0.021
1984-85 27 ATL NBA SF 34 867 12.9 .480 .445 .324 .039 5.8 15.3 10.6 16.1 1.6 0.5 15.2 24.3 96 107 -0.4 1.0 0.5 .030
1985-86 28 BOS NBA SF 6 54 -0.6 .323 .238 .571 .190 15.3 15.3 15.3 4.4 0.9 1.0 21.0 25.3 71 103 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.136
Career NBA 305 6617 16.0 .521 .480 .351 .025 8.3 14.0 11.1 13.7 2.4 0.5 14.5 23.2 103 104 5.1 8.2 13.4 .097
4 seasons NYK NBA 252 5438 16.9 .537 .497 .351 .018 8.6 13.7 11.1 13.6 2.5 0.5 14.4 22.9 105 104 6.3 6.8 13.1 .116
2 seasons ATL NBA 47 1125 12.1 .459 .412 .342 .049 6.4 15.0 10.7 14.5 1.8 0.5 14.4 24.6 94 107 -0.9 1.3 0.4 .018
1 season BOS NBA 6 54 -0.6 .323 .238 .571 .190 15.3 15.3 15.3 4.4 0.9 1.0 21.0 25.3 71 103 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.136

Playoffs Totals

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
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 2 56 13 18 .722 0 0 13 18 .722 0 0 4 5 9 5 3 0 3 7 26
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 5 82 16 41 .390 1 1 1.000 15 40 .375 3 3 1.000 10 11 21 6 3 1 12 4 36
Career NBA 7 138 29 59 .492 1 1 1.000 28 58 .483 3 3 1.000 14 16 30 11 6 1 15 11 62
2 seasons NYK NBA 7 138 29 59 .492 1 1 1.000 28 58 .483 3 3 1.000 14 16 30 11 6 1 15 11 62

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
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 2 28.0 6.5 9.0 .722 0.0 0.0 6.5 9.0 .722 0.0 0.0 2.0 2.5 4.5 2.5 1.5 0.0 1.5 3.5 13.0
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 5 16.4 3.2 8.2 .390 0.2 0.2 1.000 3.0 8.0 .375 0.6 0.6 1.000 2.0 2.2 4.2 1.2 0.6 0.2 2.4 0.8 7.2
Career NBA 7 19.7 4.1 8.4 .492 0.1 0.1 1.000 4.0 8.3 .483 0.4 0.4 1.000 2.0 2.3 4.3 1.6 0.9 0.1 2.1 1.6 8.9
2 seasons NYK NBA 7 19.7 4.1 8.4 .492 0.1 0.1 1.000 4.0 8.3 .483 0.4 0.4 1.000 2.0 2.3 4.3 1.6 0.9 0.1 2.1 1.6 8.9

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
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 2 56 8.4 11.6 .722 0.0 0.0 8.4 11.6 .722 0.0 0.0 2.6 3.2 5.8 3.2 1.9 0.0 1.9 4.5 16.7
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 5 82 7.0 18.0 .390 0.4 0.4 1.000 6.6 17.6 .375 1.3 1.3 1.000 4.4 4.8 9.2 2.6 1.3 0.4 5.3 1.8 15.8
Career NBA 7 138 7.6 15.4 .492 0.3 0.3 1.000 7.3 15.1 .483 0.8 0.8 1.000 3.7 4.2 7.8 2.9 1.6 0.3 3.9 2.9 16.2
2 seasons NYK NBA 7 138 7.6 15.4 .492 0.3 0.3 1.000 7.3 15.1 .483 0.8 0.8 1.000 3.7 4.2 7.8 2.9 1.6 0.3 3.9 2.9 16.2

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
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 2 56 11.8 16.3 .722 0.0 0.0 11.8 11.6 .722 0.0 0.0 3.6 4.5 8.1 4.5 2.7 0.0 2.7 6.3 23.5
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 5 82 9.6 24.7 .390 0.6 0.6 1.000 9.0 17.6 .375 1.8 1.8 1.000 6.0 6.6 12.7 3.6 1.8 0.6 7.2 2.4 21.7
Career NBA 7 138 10.5 21.3 .492 0.4 0.4 1.000 10.1 21.0 .483 1.1 1.1 1.000 5.1 5.8 10.9 4.0 2.2 0.4 5.4 4.0 22.4
2 seasons NYK NBA 7 138 10.5 21.3 .492 0.4 0.4 1.000 10.1 21.0 .483 1.1 1.1 1.000 5.1 5.8 10.9 4.0 2.2 0.4 5.4 4.0 22.4

Playoffs Advanced

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G MP PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
1980-81 23 NYK NBA PF 2 56 21.3 .722 .722 .000 .000 7.4 10.9 9.0 17.5 2.7 0.0 14.3 15.7 130 103 0.2 0.1 0.3 .222
1982-83 25 NYK NBA PF 5 82 10.1 .425 .402 .073 .024 14.3 15.6 14.9 11.6 1.8 0.7 22.1 28.2 81 107 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.089
Career NBA 7 138 14.6 .514 .500 .051 .017 11.5 13.7 12.5 14.0 2.2 0.4 19.9 23.2 95 105 0.0 0.1 0.1 .037
2 seasons NYK NBA 7 138 14.6 .514 .500 .051 .017 11.5 13.7 12.5 14.0 2.2 0.4 19.9 23.2 95 105 0.0 0.1 0.1 .037

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2013-14)
Thru 7 Years Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sly Williams 5.1 4.2 3.8 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2
Wayne Hightower 87.5 5.8 4.2 4.0 0.7 0.0 -0.2 -0.8
Leo Barnhorst 86.8 4.7 4.6 3.6 1.3
Gordon Hayward 86.0 5.4 4.9 3.6 1.2
Danny Green 85.0 5.9 4.5 4.2 0.2 0.1
George Stone 84.6 4.6 4.6 4.5 0.2
Dino Radja 84.1 5.9 4.5 4.0 -0.2
Chuck Gilmur 81.9 4.6 4.5 4.3 1.7 -0.1
Ed Davis 81.7 5.4 4.0 3.9 2.6
Bob Harris 80.2 5.0 4.3 3.4 1.9 1.0
Jamario Moon 78.2 5.7 4.9 2.9 1.1 -0.3
Career Win Shares (Best to Worst)
Player Sim 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sly Williams 5.1 4.2 3.8 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2
Leo Barnhorst 86.8 4.7 4.6 3.6 1.3
Gordon Hayward 86.0 5.4 4.9 3.6 1.2
Danny Green 85.0 5.9 4.5 4.2 0.2 0.1
George Stone 84.6 4.6 4.6 4.5 0.2
Dino Radja 84.1 5.9 4.5 4.0 -0.2
Chuck Gilmur 81.9 4.6 4.5 4.3 1.7 -0.1
Ed Davis 81.7 5.4 4.0 3.9 2.6
Bob Harris 80.2 5.0 4.3 3.4 1.9 1.0
Jamario Moon 78.2 5.7 4.9 2.9 1.1 -0.3
Michael Brooks 78.1 4.9 4.7 4.5 2.4 0.0 0.0

College

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Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
1976-77 19 RHODEISLE 26 919 212 496 96 135 210 520 .427 .711 35.3 20.0 8.1
1977-78 20 RHODEISLE 29 906 225 416 114 168 255 564 .541 .679 31.2 19.4 8.8
1978-79 21 RHODEISLE 29 1025 279 532 135 186 244 693 .524 .726 35.3 23.9 8.4
Career 84 2850 716 1444 345 489 709 1777 .496 .706 33.9 21.2 8.4

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Honors
1978-79 NCAA AP All-America (3rd)

Transactions

January 17, 1979: Traded by the Seattle SuperSonics (as a future 1979 1st round draft pick) to the Boston Celtics for Dennis Awtrey.

February 12, 1979: Traded by the Boston Celtics (as a future 1979 1st round draft pick) with Tom Barker, a 1979 1st round draft pick (Bill Cartwright was later selected) and a 1979 1st round draft pick (Larry Demic was later selected) to the New York Knicks for Bob McAdoo.

June 25, 1979: Drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 1979 NBA Draft.

June 29, 1983: Traded by the New York Knicks with cash to the Atlanta Hawks for Rudy Macklin.

September 23, 1985: Waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

September 26, 1985: Signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics.

December 2, 1985: Waived by the Boston Celtics.

Salaries

Season Team Lg Salary
1985-86 Boston Celtics NBA $450,000
Career (may be incomplete) $450,000

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