The 25 Greatest Sports Careers Ruined by Injury

25. Jay Williams

Sport: Basketball
Years Active: 2002-2003
Career Stats: 9.5 PPG 2,6 RPG 4.7 APG 1.1 SPG
Injuries: Severed main nerve in leg, fractured pelvis, and three torn ligaments in left knee

Jay Williams was one of the best players that Duke had to offer the NBA. He was the ACC Rookie of the Year and National Freshman of the Year his rookie season with the Blue Devils as he put up 14.5 points and 6.5 assist per game. His talents caught the eye of the NBA early on as he would be selected to play on the U.S. Select Team to go up against current pros. In only three seasons, Williams became the sixth all-time leading scorer at Duke. He showed some flashes of greatness during the course of his rookie season, but competing with players like Jamal Crawford for playing time, Williams' play was limited. Before the start of the 2003 season Williams crashed his motorcycle on June 19, 2003, breaking his pelvis and tearing his ACL. After failed attempts to comeback from this injury, Williams retired, and never played in the NBA after his rookie season.

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