Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 40 Nate Williams (New Orleans)

  • Seasons with the franchise: Four (1974-75 to 1977-78)
  • Regular-season games played: 222
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 50.1 from the field, 80.1 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with New Orleans: None

Another member of the New Orleans Jazz, Nate Williams arrived midway through the first season in 1974-75, instantly becoming a prolific shooter who might have averaged 20 or so points per game if not for Pete Maravich’s unrivaled number of field goal attempts pretty much every game.

Nevertheless, the bulk of Williams’ most prolific years as an eventual eight-year NBA player came during his four years with the Jazz.

In his first three years with the franchise before finishing out his career with the Golden State Warriors, the 6-foot-5 wing never averaged fewer than 12 points per game.