For the second time this week the NBA lost another player to cancer with the passing of John “Hot Rod” Williams this morning due to complications related to his prostate cancer, he was 53-years old.
I do not own any of the cards in this post.
Williams came in to the NBA in 1986 following allegations that he was involved in point shaving while playing at Tulane University, he was actually charged but never convicted, but that didn’t stop the Cleveland Cavaliers from taking him in the 2nd round of the 1985 NBA Draft. Williams proved his worth as a 6th Man putting up some solid numbers during his 9 years in Cleveland, he later played 3 years in Phoenix and a season in Dallas before retiring in 1999.
He played a majority of his career during the junk wax era so there are plenty of ugly 1990s cards with his 1987 Fleer #123 XRC costing less than a cup of coffee ($1.80), he has a couple of autographs and they are running under $5 apiece and no relic cards that I was able to find.