In the late 1970s and early 1980s, few, if any, guards could match the greatness of Gus Williams.
From 1978 to 1985, Gus averaged 20 points, 6 assists and 2.3 steals a game. At 6’2″, Williams was able to play either guard position. He was at his best busting out on the break and creating sublime, quicksilver scoring opportunities on the run that earned him the nickname “The Wizard”. As time wore on and his team’s needs changed, Gus became more and more of a play-maker topping off with 8.5 APG in 1984.
Williams’ heyday was certainly with the Seattle SuperSonics, but his illustrious career began in Golden State.
Drafted by the Warriors in 1975, Williams was a sturdy backup in his first two years (1976 and 1977). That Warriors squad should have been a perennial contender in the late 1970s. Rick Barry was moving just a touch past his…
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