Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams— The fan-favourite energy guy
A career role player, Jerome Williams came into his own after being traded to Toronto from the Detroit Pistons in 2001. While JYD only ever averaged 7.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 180 games, he brought a manic energy and toughness that made him one of the best defenders and rebounders to ever play for the team.
Did you know, Williams ranks second the Raptors’ all-time steal percentage list, behind only Doug Christie? He averaged 1.3 steals per game with Toronto, tied with Vince Carter for fifth-most in franchise history.
It was here that he really found his niche and the fans loved him for it. Williams’ biggest success in Toronto might be the love and support he showed the city. It’s not every day that you get a player who is willing to drive his truck nearly 400 kilometres from Detroit to Toronto, the night that he’s traded.
This was no Mickey-Mouse love. To this day, JYD continues to give back to the community, serving as a great ambassador for the team and the sport in Canada.