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Latavious Williams Becomes Second Player Drafted By NBA Team
NEW YORK, June 25, 2010 – The Miami Heat selected forward Latavious Williams (Tulsa 66ers, 6-8, 195) with the 48th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft before trading him to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the parent team of the 66ers, for a future second round pick. With the selection, Williams became the second player ever drafted from the NBA Development League by an NBA team.
In 47 games, nine starts, for the 66ers last season, Williams averaged 7.7 points, shooting 53 percent from the field, to go with 7.7 rebounds in 20.5 minutes. He scored in double figures 16 times during the regular season, including a career-high 25 points in a 124-113 loss to the Idaho Stampede on March 19. He notched double-figure rebounds in 13 regular season games.
In the 2010 NBA D-League postseason, Williams appeared in seven games for Tulsa as the 66ers advanced to the NBA D-League Championship round. He averaged 11.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in his seven postseason games, upping his numbers to 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two NBA D-League Finals games.
Williams became the first player to make the jump to the NBA D-League from high school when the 66ers selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NBA D-League Draft. A native of Starkville, Miss., Williams attended Christian Life Academy in Humble, Texas for high school.
Mike Taylor was the first-ever player drafted into the NBA from the NBA D-League when the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the 56th overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.