MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon’s Gus Williams!
Gus Williams, born and raised in Mount Vernon turns 60 on Thursday.
Williams, born October 10, 1953, is a retired professional basketball player most noted for his play with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, although he also played for the Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks.
Williams was selected in the second round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and in the first round of the 1975 ABA draft by the Spirits of St. Louis. Williams played only two seasons with the Warriors and was allowed to leave as a free agent before the 1977–78 season, signing with the Seattle SuperSonics.
While with Seattle, he was twice selected to the NBA All-Star Game, and was an All-NBA First Team (1982) and All-NBA Second Team (1980) selection. Williams, whose style of play earned him the nickname "Wizard", led the Sonics to the 1979 championship while averaging team high 28.6 points per game in the Finals.
He finished his career with a 17.1 point-per-game scoring average in a career spanning 12 years from 1975 to 1987. In 2004 Williams' #1 jersey was retired by the Sonics.