In a span of two seasons, Justin Williams had a remarkable stint in the ABL. Honored as an ABL champion and Defensive Player of the Year, he fastened himself to be regarded as one of the Final 21 nominees for ABL’s Ten Greatest Players of All-Time.
The 6’10” America began his ABL journey when he was acquired by the San Miguel Beermen in the middle of the 2013 season in hopes to strengthen their championship pursuit. Signing Williams proved to be a great move for the Beermen due to his defensive presence and solid low-post game.
His first ABL run was undoubtedly a success as the Beermen avenged themselves to dethrone the Indonesia Warriors for the coveted ABL championship—serving as a major role player for their ABL triumph.
In the 2014 season, his career began to shift upwards as Williams fully unleashed his basketball potential. The Saigon Heat secured a deal to bring him in and be their starting center, and they were not disappointed. He became a game-changer for the Saigon Heat as his on-court dominance gave them their very first playoff berth in franchise history.
His season with the Heat proved to be a storied one—averaging his ABL best of 20.2 points, 17.2 rebounds and a monstrous 4.2 blocks per game. His off-the-roof blocks average considered him as the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year. Up to this day, he still holds the record for Most Blocks in a Game with 12 against Laskar Dreya South Sumatra—earning him the moniker “The Human Eraser.”
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