Corliss Williamson Dedication
Weight: 245 lbs.
Coliss Williamson is/was:
Corliss Williamson, the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Final Four after leading Arkansas to the championship in 1994, declared himself eligible for the 1995 NBA Draft following his junior season and was a first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings, the 13th player chosen overall. After a disappointing rookie season he made great strides the next two years to become one of the team's most productive players. He tailed off a bit in 1998-99 following the Kings' acquisition of forward Chris Webber, but still averaged 13.2 ppg, the second-best mark of his career. Williamson was named to the All-America Second Team by the Associated Press after each of his last two seasons at Arkansas, where in 15 career NCAA tournament games he averaged 20.2 and 7.5 rebounds while shooting .594 from the field. His career average of 19.0 points per game ranks second on Arkansas's all-time scoring list. He also finished his career ranked eighth in rebounds (647), sixth in free throws (413) and seventh in total points (1,728) despite only playing three seasons. In his 91 collegiate games, the Razorbacks posted a remarkable 74-17 record. In his final season, Williamson tallied 770 points, the third-best season total in school history, and led the team in scoring (19.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). He helped lead Arkansas back to the Final Four, but the Razorbacks were defeated by UCLA in the NCAA Championship Game. Selected by Sacramento with the 13th overall pick in the draft, Williamson missed all of preseason and the first 17 games of the regular season while rehabilitating from lower back disc surgery on July 18. He made his first appearance as a pro on December 10, scoring 14 points and grabbing 18 rebounds against Miami. The rest of his season did not approach that level, however; he went on to play in 53 games, all but three as a reserve, and averaged 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. Williamson's second pro season was a distinct improvement as he nearly doubled his stats to 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. He was Sacramento's fourth-leading scorer and fifth-leading rebounder. He continued to improve in 1997-98, ranking as the team's second-leading scorer at 17.7 ppg and improving his boardwork to 5.6 rpg. He finished second behind Atlanta's Alan Henderson in balloting for the NBA's Most Improved Player award. The arrival of Webber cut into Williamson's role in the offense, although he ranked third on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg and second among starters in field goal percentage at .485. Williamson started all 50 games for the Kings and ranked third on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg, a dropoff of 4« ppg from the previous season, due in large part to Sacramento's acquisition of forward Chris Webber. He shot .485 from the field, ranking 17th in the NBA, and .638 from the free throw line. He averaged 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.60 steals in 27.5 minutes per game. He led the team in scoring five times, reaching double figures 35 times and getting 20 points six times. He tallied a season-high 29 points, shooting 12-for-18 from the field and 5-for-6 from the foul line, with seven rebounds and three assists against Denver on April 17. He had 22 points and six rebounds against Boston on February 16, netting the game-winning basket in the Kings' 101-98 victory with 7.5 seconds remaining. He came on strong during the Kings' run to the playoffs, averaging 15.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg and shooting .509 from the field and .720 from the free throw line in the final 13 games of the season. Sacramento was 10-3 in those outings. Williamson pulled down a season-high eight rebounds six times, including consecutive games against Portland on March 3 and at Phoenix on March 6. He dished a season-high six assists against Vancouver in Sacramento's home opener on February 7 and had a season-high four steals against Dallas on April 24. In five playoffs starts against Utah, Williamson was fourth on the team in scoring at 10.6 ppg, shooting a solid .575 from the field and .700 from the free throw line. He also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.40 steals in 26.0 minutes per game.
(most information taken from NBA.com)
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