Marvin Gaye Williams, Jr. (born June 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball under coach Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina.
Williams was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, making him the first of four Tar Heels to be lottery picks in the 2005 draft. After averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his first season, Williams was named to the 2005–06 All-NBA Rookie second team.
In Game 7 of the 2008 playoffs against the Boston Celtics, Williams was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Rajon Rondo. As a result, he was suspended for the first two games of the 2008–09 season.
On August 7, 2009, Williams re-signed with the Hawks to a five-year, $37.5 million deal.
On July 21, 2014, Williams signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets. On March 27, 2015, he recorded a near triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds in a 110–107 double overtime loss to the Washington Wizards.
On February 26, 2016, Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 96–95 win over the Indiana Pacers, recording his first 20-point, 10 rebound game since April 2012. On March 11, 2016, he tied a career-high with five three-pointers and scored 22 points in a 118–103 win over the Detroit Pistons.
On July 10, 2016, Williams re-signed with the Hornets.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2006)
NCAA champion (2005)
USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2005)
First-team Parade All-American (2004)
McDonald’s All-American (2004)