Earl Williams (basketball player)

Earl Williams

Personal information

Born
(1951-03-24) March 24, 1951 (age 65)
Levittown, Pennsylvania

Nationality
American / Israeli

Listed height
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

Listed weight
230 lb (104 kg)

Career information

High school
Woodrow Wilson
(Levittown, Pennsylvania)

College
Winston-Salem State (1970–1974)

NBA draft
1974 / Round: 3 / Pick: 49th overall

Selected by the Phoenix Suns

Playing career
1974–1994

Position
Center

Career history

1974–1975
Phoenix Suns

1975–1976
Detroit Pistons

1976
New York Nets

1977–1978
Alvik BK

1978–1979
Boston Celtics

1979–1983
Maccabi Tel Aviv

1983–1984
Fortitudo Bologna

1984–1985
Pallacanestro Brindisi

1988–1989
Hapoel Holon

1989–1990
Maccabi Ramat Gan

1990–1991
Hapoel Holon

1993–1994
Bnei Herzliya

Earl “the Twirl” Williams (born March 24, 1951) is an American-Israeli former professional basketball player[1] and a teacher of children with special needs.

Contents

1 Early life and education
2 Professional career

2.1 USA
2.2 Sweden
2.3 Israel
2.4 Italy

3 Personal
4 References
5 External links

Early life and education[edit]
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.[1]
Professional career[edit]
USA[edit]
In the 1974 NBA draft, Williams was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 3rd round, with the 13th pick (49th overall).[1] 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.[1] On September 30, 1975, he was traded by the Suns to the Detroit Pistons, for a 1976 2nd round draft pick (Earl Tatum).
Sweden[edit]
In the 1977-78 season, Williams played for the Swedish League team Alvik. Alvik came in 2nd in the league that year.[2]
Israel[edit]
Williams later played professionally in the Israeli League. He starred for a portion of the time with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Holon,[3][4] and he also played with Maccabi Ramat Gan.[citation needed] In 1990, at age 39, he was the oldest player in the Israeli League.[5]
Italy[edit]
Williams played two seasons for Italian teams as well: Fortitudo Bologna in 1984–1985, and Libertas Brindisi in 1988–1989.
Personal[edit]
In 1982, Williams converted to Judaism.[6] Williams also bec
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