His nickname, "The Wizard," only hinted at what Gus Williams could do with his body and a basketball. A highlight film of Williams would show him racing toward the basket on fast breaks that ended in acrobatic layups, short snappy jumpers or behind-the-back passes. The prime years of his 11-season career were spent in Seattle. In six seasons with the Sonics, Williams averaged 20.3 points, went to two NBA Finals and two All-Star Games, and in 1979 helped Seattle win the only major professional sports championship in the city's history.
Full Name: Gus Williams Born: 10/10/53 in Mount Vernon, N.Y. High School: Mount Vernon (N.Y.) College: Southern California Drafted by: Golden State Warriors, 1975, second round (20th overall) Transactions: Signed with Seattle SuperSonics, 10/17/77; Traded to Washington Bullets, 6/22/84; Signed with Atlanta Hawks, 1/6/87.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 175 lbs. Nickname: The Wizard Honors: NBA champion (1979); All-NBA First Team (1982); All-NBA Second Team (1980); All-Rookie First Team (1976); two-time All-Star (1982, '83).