John “Hot Rod” Williams (August 9, 1962 – December 11, 2015) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 to 1999.
Williams was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1985 NBA draft with the 21st pick of the second round (45th overall). However, due to the trial, Williams spent the 1985–86 season playing for the United States Basketball League. Able to play for the Cavs the next year, Williams was named to the NBA all-rookie team for the 1986-87 season, along with teammates Ron Harper and Brad Daugherty. Perhaps Williams’ finest season occurred in 1989, when he averaged 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.04 blocked shots per game while mostly serving as the team’s sixth man. Prior March 22, 2009, he ranked as the Cavaliers’ all-time leader in blocked shots (1,200) (surpassed by Žydrūnas Ilgauskas). Williams spent nine seasons with the Cavs before being traded to the Phoenix Suns for Dan Majerle.
He finished out his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks.
Career highlights and awards
Metro Conference Player of the Year (1984)
3x First-team All-Metro Conference (1982, 1984, 1985)
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,784 (11.0 ppg)
Rebounds 5,998 (6.8 rpg)
Blocks 1,456 (1.6 bpg)