May 31, 2010
- Chris Williams
Virginia's Chris Williams has spent his Korea in Australia, Germany, South Korea, Turkey, the Philippines and China, albeit not necessarily in that order. Those are all decent places to play, but by not being elite, they give Williams a chance to put up huge numbers. And this year he did just that when he averaged 23.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.8 steals per game for Qingdao Double Star in China's CBA.
Of all the people covered in this list - which is not far short of 800 in total - Williams is the only one to have recorded a quadruple double this year. He did this on Christmas Day, putting up 15 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 steals in a Qingdao win over DongGuan. Regular readers will know that things are a little bit different, but regardless, a quadruple double is a quadruple double.
March 7, 2010
- Chris Williams: 36.4mpg, 25.1ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.7apg, 2.8fpg, 4.1spg, 0.9bpg, 54% FG, 33% 3PT, 65% FT
Williams is an ex-Virginia forward who has been on the Langhi for several years. This is his second year for Qingdao, and his totally insanely good numbers this year are almost as good as last year's. Williams leads the team in all categories except rebounds (second to Okosa) and three point shooting (second to Anan Zhao's 35.7%). This all comes as a 6'7 forward, and his 4.1 steals per game leads the CBA; the only played within 1.3 steals of it is Hu Xuefeng of Jiangsu (3.9).
More importantly, while others such as Marbury and Lamizana threatened quadruple doubles this year, Williams actually did it. In only his second game of the year, on Christmas Day, Williams had 15 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 11 steals in a win over Dongguan. He took 21 shots and 4 free throws for his 15 points, but that's not what's important.
Williams and Okosa (who replaced Steyn after 13 games; Steyn is now in Puerto Rico) are basically a two man band for Qingdao. Only one other player averages more than 2.4rpg (Chen Kai, 4.2), there is no strong guard play, and no one can shoot. They are completely reliant upon the duo, but Williams especially. And while Williams is often coming through for them, it's not enough.