Toronto Raptors: Five best point guards in Raptors history

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4. Alvin Williams

Williams arrived from the Trail Blazers in the trade that sent Damon Stoudamire to Portland. He outplayed all expectations of a second-round rookie during his time in Toronto, starting all 82 games in 2001-02 and 78 games in 2002-03. He remained a serviceable option across eight seasons.

Williams was initially traded to the Celtics in 2000 after injuries plagued his early years with the Raptors. The trade was vetoed due to medical grounds, coincidentally.

The stats never really jumped off the page for Williams but he did have a career-high 13.2 points per game in 2002-03. He was never needed to be the first-option on the team, as this time with the Raptors overlapped with Vince Carter and briefly with Tracy McGrady.

Williams, however, was part of one of the best Raptors runs of all time. He started all twelve games during the 2000-01 playoffs, helping the Raptors overcome the New York Knicks in their first ever series win in the postseason.

Williams was decisive in Game 5, as he stole a pass in the final seconds to seal the win – minutes after scoring to keep the Raptors ahead. He averaged 13.8 points across during the postseason and added 4.2 assists and just over one steal per game.

The injuries began to pile up for Williams in the 2003-04 season and as a result he only appeared in 56 games, starting 54 of them. A knee injury sidelined Williams for the entirety of the 2004-05 season, and he returned for only one game the next season.

Williams was waived in 2006 and retired after a short stint with the Clippers.