Not too many people may not know who Micheal Williams is, but he was successful when he played in the NBA. He was primarily known as a lockdown defender as he made the All-Defense Team during his career.
Micheal Williams NBA career
Williams began his career in 1988 when the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 48th overall pick in the NBA draft. He played in 49 games as a rookie and averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 assists per game. As a rookie, he was a part of a Pistons team that won the 1989 NBA championship. Williams got a taste of success real early in his career.
The next year, the Pistons traded Williams to the Phoenix Suns on the day of the 1989 draft. During the 1989-90 season, he spent time with the Suns and the Charlotte Hornets. That season he averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 assists per game. Williams was on the move again and headed to the Indiana Pacers at the start of the 1990-91 season. In his first season with the Pacers, he averaged double digits in points for the first time in his career. In 73 games, he averaged 11.1 points per game.
The next season, Williams transitioned into the starting lineup for the Pacers, and he saw his numbers improve. Williams averaged 15 points, 8.2 assists, and 3.6 rebounds and was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. After two years in Indiana, Williams was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Micheal Williams continued to improve his game in the NBA
Williams worked hard to remain in the league for a player who was drafted in the second round. When he was traded to the Timberwolves, he had arguably the best season of his career. While playing and starting in 76 games, he averaged a career-high in points at 15.1. He shot 90 percent from the free-throw line, and he would continue to be one of the top free-throw shooters in the league.
During the 1993-94 season, Williams continued to average double digits in points. He averaged 13.7 points and 7.2 assists. Due to injuries, he saw action in limited games during his final two seasons in Minnesota, and he would end up missing the entire 1996-97 NBA season. He finished his NBA career playing for the Toronto Raptors. Throughout his career, he averaged 11 points, 5.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
Micheal Williams set an NBA record during his career
One thing that Williams excelled in was free throws. In his first season in Minnesota, he finished fourth in the league in free-throw accuracy. Over eight months, he made 97 free throws in a row. He broke Calvin Murphy’s 1981 record of making 78 consecutive free throws.
Williams still holds the record for most free throws made in a row. Though that’s probably a stat that not too many people know, Williams can say he’s still the record holder until someone tries to prove him otherwise.