Mount Vernon Basketball Legend Ray Williams Dead At 58

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Mount Vernon basketball great Ray Williams died at the age of 58. Photo Credit: NBA Archives

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Former Mount Vernon High School basketball star and New York Knicks player Ray Williams died Friday in New York. He was 58.

According to several news reports, Williams died as a result of colon cancer. He was receiving treatment at Memorial-Sloan Kettering in Manhattan.

Williams, who was from a reknowned basketball family that included older brother Gus Williams of the NBA champion Seattle Supersonics and Sam Williams, each a star at Mount Vernon High School. 

Williams had a troubled life after leaving his 10-year professional career and was homeless in Florida. Knicks owner James Dolan reportedly helped pay for Williams's cancer treatment.

The former Knicks and Nets player was selected 10th overall by the Knicks in the 1977 NBA draft. He also played for the Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists per game during his career.

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Cathy from San Jac:

I was saddened when I heard last week that Ray was battling cancer. My heart is heavy today upon learning of his death. I have such fond memories from the one year ('74/'75) that Ray and his brother, Sam, played basketball together at San Jac. My deepest sympathies to his mom, Sam, Dave and other family members. May God bless and keep you as you travel this difficult path.


To my knowledge, Ray had moved back to Mt Vernon. When he was diagnosed with cancer he and his wife had moved back to Florida. The cancer had spreaded to his spine and liver. The Knick's owner flew him back to New York last month or so. He was hospitalized receiving treatment in Sloan Kettering. I am saddened of his death. I am glad that he was able to pull his life back together prior to his untimely death. He did this from wanting the help of God, his new wife, family, and friends who loved him dearly. RIP Thomas "Ray" Williams


I thought ray had come back to mv from florida bit reports say he had been flown back to ny from florida?


I thought ray had come back to mv from florida bit reports say he had been flown back to ny from florida?

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