If you were alive and playing basketball in the mid to late-90s, then you were a Jason Williams fan.
NOT this Jason Williams:
and unless you’re a Dukie, NOT this Jason Williams either:
I’m talking about THIS Jason Williams:
“White Chocolate” was his given hoops-nickname, making defenders crumble with broken ankles was his game.
Jason Williams took the NBA by storm in 1998 after being drafted 7th overall by the Sacramento Kings. Williams had a storied, but somewhat checkered past from his collegiate days at Marshall University and then The University of Florida, being suspended 3 times for marijuana use.
As the starting PG for Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators, he averaged 17.1 points, 6.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game, and led the Gators to an 86–78 upset of the National Champion-Runner-Up, University of Kentucky Wildcats. But, he was then suspended for the remainder of the season after his third positive test for marijuana.
Williams decided to forgo his last year of eligibility, and enter the NBA draft after that season. And then “White Chocolate” was born.
Williams was the closest thing we’d seen to “Pistol” Pete Maravich in a time when the NBA needed a personality and a pass-first, playground-style team to remind us why we loved this game so much.
“Jay-Dubb” lead a reassurance to relevancy in Sacramento along with the likes of Chris Webber, Peja Stojakavic, Vlade Divac and Corliss Williamson. The Kings made the playoffs all three seasons Williams was there, including the Western Conference Semi-Finals two years in a row.
And now even at 38 years of age, Jason Williams is STILL making defenders look silly (although just in a Summer Pro-AM).
He STILL gives hope to every undersized, floppy-haired, clear-skinned Point Guard in the world.