Earl Williams (basketball player)
(1951-03-24) March 24, 1951 (age 65)
American / Israeli
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
230 lb (104 kg)
Winston-Salem State (1970–1974)
1974 / Round: 3 / Pick: 49th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
New York Nets
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Maccabi Ramat Gan
Earl “the Twirl” Williams (born March 24, 1951) is an American-Israeli former professional basketball player and a teacher of children with special needs.
1 Early life and education
2 Professional career
5 External links
Early life and education
Williams played high school basketball while attending Woodrow Wilson High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania. He played college basketball at Winston-Salem State University, with the Winston-Salem State Rams.
In the 1974 NBA draft, Williams was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 3rd round, with the 13th pick (49th overall). He made his NBA debut on October 17, 1974, with Phoenix. During the next four years, he played for other NBA teams as well: the Detroit Pistons, the New York Nets, and the Boston Celtics. On September 30, 1975, he was traded by the Suns to the Detroit Pistons, for a 1976 2nd round draft pick (Earl Tatum).
In the 1977-78 season, Williams played for the Swedish League team Alvik. Alvik came in 2nd in the league that year.
Williams later played professionally in the Israeli League. He starred for a portion of the time with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Holon, and he also played with Maccabi Ramat Gan. In 1990, at age 39, he was the oldest player in the Israeli League.
Williams played two seasons for Italian teams as well: Fortitudo Bologna in 1984–1985, and Libertas Brindisi in 1988–1989.
In 1982, Williams converted to Judaism. Williams also bec