Troy Williams Bio: Team, Family & Net Worth

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Troy Williams is a professional American basketball player currently playing for the Blackwater Bossing of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). 

The 6’7″ small forward previously played for the T1 League’s Taoyuan Leopards from 2021 to 2022. 

After a spectacular high school career, Rivals.com ranked No. 47 overall and No. 10 in his position. Moreover, Troy was also rated No. 67 overall and No. 17 small forward by Scout.com.

Hence, he joined the Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball Team in 2013 and quickly became an impactful player.

Troy appeared to be on the verge of launching himself into stardom and carving out an NBA career for himself, but it never materialized as he went undrafted. 

Troy Williams On The Court
Troy Williams On The Court (Source: Instagram)

However, he was able to play in NBA after signing with Memphis Grizzlies in 2016.

He stayed with a few NBA teams before playing in the international leagues. Let’s discover more about Troy through this article.

But before that, let’s take a look at quick facts first.

 Quick Facts 

Full Name Troy Williams 
Nickname Not Available 
Birth Date December 30, 1994 
Birth Place Hampton, Virginia, USA
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Education
  •  Phoebus High School (Hampton, Virginia)
  • Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
  • Indiana University Bloomington
Zodiac Sign Capricorn 
Father’s Name Yhosef Ware
Mother’s Name Patty Williams 
Siblings Not Available 
Age 29 Years Old
Height 6 feet 7 inches/2.01 m/201 cm
Weight 218 lbs (99 kg)
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Body type Athletic
Profession Basketball Player
Marital Status Single 
Girlfriend Not Available 
Children 2 (Daughter, Aviah Rose William; Son, Trenton Donte William)
Active since 2016 – Present
Team
  • Memphis Grizzlies (2016–2017)
  • Iowa Energy (2016–2017)
  • Houston Rockets (2017–2018)
  • Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2017–2018)
  • New York Knicks (2018)
  • Sacramento Kings (2018–2019)
  • Stockton Kings (2018–2019)
  • Carpegna Prosciutto Basket Pesaro (2019–2020)
  • Taoyuan Leopards (2021–2022)
  • Blackwater Bossing (2023)
Achievements
  • NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest champion (2017)
  • Third-team All-Big Ten (2016)
  • Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year (2013)
Net Worth $1.5 Million
NBA Draft Pick 2016 / Undrafted
Position Small Forward 
League Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)
Merch Basketball Card, Signed Photo
Social Media  InstagramTwitter
Last Update July 2024

Age, Height & Weight 

Troy Willams was born on December 30, 1994, making him 29 years old.  

The small forward stands at a towering 6 feet and 7 inches, or just over 2.01 meters.
He weighs approximately 281 lbs, which equates to about 99 kg

In terms of physical appearance, Troy has a well-kept body and is quite athletic.

The player maintains his physical fitness by eating healthy and going to the gym daily.

Likewise, he has tattoos on his arms, which compliments his lovely dark hair and brown eyes. 

Williams was born under the astrological sign of Capricorn, and individuals born under the astrological sign are optimistic individuals who support the status quo.

They want a good life and are willing to work long and hard hours to get it. They are focused and know the need to make sensible sacrifices.

Humble Beginning

Williams wasn’t always a good basketball player as he didn’t enjoy the sport initially. 

His entire family attended one of his varsity games as a freshman at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia. 

Troy’s aunt, uncle, mother, and grandmother traveled to watch him play, but he never came off the bench.

Troy Williams in the frame
Troy Williams Making A Basket (Source: Instagram)

He only appeared in a few games that season and admitted later that he didn’t take basketball seriously then.

“We didn’t see Troy’s potential until it was too late,” says Troy’s uncle, legal guardian, and AAU coach, Boo Williams.

“He was clumsy and unconventional. We occasionally get kids who have always been good basketball players. Troy was not always a standout basketball player. During his ninth-grade year, he hardly ever played.”

Amateur Career 

Williams attended Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia, for his first three years before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his senior year.

He averaged 16.2 points, 4.0 assists, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior in 2012–13, compiling nine double-doubles.

He was named Virginia’s Gatorade Player of the Year after leading Oak Hill to a 34–5 regular season record and a National High School Invitational trip.

College Career 

Troy started all 32 games as a freshman at Indiana in the 2013–14 season, averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on March 10, 2014.

Then, he appeared in 32 games as a sophomore in 2014–15, starting 28. On December 22, he was named Big Ten Player of the Week. In addition, on December 23, he was named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.

Moreover, he was named honorable mention All-Big Ten at the end of the season. He led the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and was third with 13.0 points per game.

Troy considered entering the 2015 NBA draft after his sophomore season but returned to Indiana for his junior year.

On May 25, 2016, he declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.

NBA Career

Troy joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2016 NBA Summer League after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft.

He averaged three rebounds, 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in 22.2 minutes per game in six games at Las Vegas.

Williams signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on August 8, 2016. After impressing the team during training camp and preseason, he earned a spot on the Grizzlies’ opening-night roster.

T1 League player Troy Williams
Troy Williams Looking Fresh (Source: Instagram)

On October 29, 2016, he made his Grizzlies debut in their second game, a 111–104 defeat to the New York Knicks. He recorded three points, one assist, and two steals in nine minutes off the bench.

Troy scored 18 points in a 110–107 victory over the Miami Heat on November 26, 2016. 

The Grizzlies waived him on January 30, 2017. During his time with the team, Williams was assigned to the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy on multiple occasions.

Iowa Energy & Houston Rockets 

After being waived by the Grizzlies, Williams was acquired by Iowa Energy on February 3, 2017. He won the 2017 D-League Dunk Contest on February 18, 2017.

Troy signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets on March 10, 2017, and was immediately assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Despite not appearing in a game in his 10-day contract, he signed with the Rockets for the rest of the season on March 20, 2017.

He was recalled from the D-League on April 2, 2017, and scored 18 of his career-high 21 points during the first half of the Rockets’ 123–116 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Williams re-signed with the Rockets on July 25, 2017. However, on February 14, 2018, he was waived to make room for the newly acquired Joe Johnson.

New York Knicks & Sacramento Kings 

Troy signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks on February 21, 2018, and a multi-year contract on March 13, 2018.

New York Knicks announced on April 2 that he would miss the rest of the season due to a broken jaw. The Knicks officially waived him on July 16, 2018.

Professional Basketball Player Troy Williams
Professional Basketball Player Troy Williams (Source: Instagram)

Williams signed with the New Orleans Pelicans on July 27, 2018, but was later waived by the team on October 17, 2018.

The professional basketball player signed a two-way contract with the Sacramento Kings G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings, on October 20.

Williams was added to the Northern Arizona Suns’ training camp roster on October 27, 2019.

Carpegna Prosciutto Basket Pesaro 

Williams signed a one-year contract with Carpegna Prosciutto Basket Pesaro in the Italian Serie A on December 12, 2019.

However, following the cancellation of all basketball competitions due to the coronavirus outbreak, he left the team on March 9, 2020.

Taoyuan Leopards & Blackwater Bossing

Williams joined the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League on November 21, 2021, then on June 27, 2022, he re-signed with the team.

After that, he signed with the Blackwater Bossing of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in February 2023.

Tory made his team debut on February 9 against the Terrafirma Dyip, scoring 55 points, pulling down 14 rebounds, and dishing out five assists.

Injury 

Troy Williams fractured his jaw in the fourth quarter of the Pistons’ 115-109 loss in 2018 and was sidelined for the rest of the season.

With only five games left in the season and little to play for, this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. Of course, a player’s injury is always unfortunate.

He had, however, demonstrated enough athleticism and potential to feel confident about his future with the team.

Williams’ numbers with the Knicks were slightly higher than his career totals. The numbers, however, were not what drew the Knicks’ attention.

His ability to make the basket and get out in transition was intriguing for the team moving forward.

Nonetheless, he recovered and is now healthy and physically fit. 

Personal Life

Basketball is a huge part of the Williams family. Boo, his uncle, played collegiately at St. Joe’s and now runs his AAU program and facility (worth $14.5 million).

Terri Williams-Fournoy, Troy’s aunt and Boo’s sister, played at Penn State and is now Auburn’s head women’s coach.

“It’s a family sport,” said Troy. Except for his mother, everyone else did. She wasn’t particularly fond of sports, but she used to be a cheerleader.

Regardless, Boo and the rest of Troy’s family did not pressure him to play basketball.

They didn’t see Williams as having a bright future in the sport because of his early “unorthodox nature,” so they encouraged him to play football instead.

Involvement in Football & Baseball 

Williams played football and baseball for a few years, but he didn’t enjoy either, and he tried his hardest to persuade his family that those sports weren’t for him.

Moreover, he stated that he used to cry every time he went to practice. Troy focused on basketball instead of football and baseball in fourth grade.

His decision made sense, given how much time he spent around the hardwood. Troy traveled around the country with Boo’s girls’ AAU team during the summers when he was eight or nine years old.

Troy Williams during the game
Troy Williams During The Game (Source: Instagram)

His grandmother accompanied him on those trips, acting as “the team mom” and handling the paperwork and statistics.

Troy developed a strong interest in the sport after traveling with his uncle and grandmother.

According to his mother, Williams slept with a basketball in his bed for almost two years as a kid. When she tried to take it away from him, he appeared crying in her room at 4 a.m..

Grew Up Without A Father

Troy Williams never met his father, Yhosef Ware, and his mother claims she hasn’t seen him since he was eight days old.

Ware was a part of the military stationed at the Langley Air Force Base in Virginia when he met Patty Williams. 

According to Ware, he had no choice but to leave. He claims to have been 19, while Patty was 28. He described himself as “young and wild.” His wild ways eventually drove him out of the military.

Troy Williams along with his daughter
Troy Williams Along With His Daughter (Source: Instagram)

Troy’s biological father claims he tried unsuccessfully to find another job in Virginia and claimed he returned to Michigan on December 15, 1995, nearly a year after Troy was born.

Ware, who is now married to another woman and still lives in Michigan, discovered Patty’s phone number a few years ago and first contacted Troy.

He wished to be a part of Troy’s life, but Troy wasn’t into that idea. Since his father didn’t care for him until he became famous, he didn’t pay too much attention to him. 

 Struggle 

When it came to raising Troy as a single mother, Patty Williams struggled to make ends meet. She worked at various fast-food restaurants before deciding what she and her family felt was best for her son. 

Troy moved away from his mother when he was in the fifth grade and moved in with his grandmother in what he described as a “middle-class neighborhood” seven blocks away.

It improved his living situation and enabled his mother to work and earn money without the burden of raising a son full-time.

Even though his father was not present in his life, Troy was never without family. His aunt Terri and cousin Brooke Williams paid him visits occasionally and were always willing to talk if he had any questions.

Troy claims that he frequently stayed up late at night, tweeting back and forth with Brooke.

Star In The Making 

As Troy grew older, he became more interested in NBA and college basketball and enjoyed the game more.

The athlete closely followed the career of Hampton-born Allen Iverson, who was the aspiration of him and his friends. 

Troy was 15 when he joined Boo’s AAU team, including former North Carolina guard Kendall Marshall and Duke guard Andre Dawkins.

He grew nearly five inches between his first and second years and jumped onto several recruiting boards.

Basketball was no longer just for fun and games. It was something that had the potential to give Troy a future.

Girlfriend 

Troy Williams, graceful and bold, is currently unattached to any girl and enjoying his single life.

However, he is a father, and on March 13, 2017, he welcomed his first child, a daughter named Aviah Rose Williams.

The athlete frequently posts pictures of his daughter on his Instagram account, but little is known about his child’s mother.

Likewise, on June 13, 2020, his son, Trenton Donte Williams, was born, making him a proud dad.

Troy has been rotating through various teams as a basketball player, searching for his ideal spot; relationships may not be the most critical factor.

For the time being, he prefers games more than romance, but time will allow his fans to comprehend his personal details if he renders them publicly.

Net Worth 

Troy Williams’ net worth is estimated at around $1.5 million as of July 2024.

His primary income source is his professional career as a basketball player.

The NBA is one of the world’s most prosperous and profitable leagues. With that comes the massive daily transactions throughout the league during the regular season and beyond.

During his time at the NBA, Troy earned an estimated income of $3.1 million. 

His 2018-19 season salary was $75,000, and $122,741 in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, respectively.

Social Media Presence 

A versatile small forward, Troy Williams is a frequent social media user, particularly on Instagram and Twitter.

Furthermore, he demonstrates his active presence on his social media handles by posting pictures of cutline, on-court, and off-court activities. He continues to tweet the things he admires.

In addition, he provides a glimpse into his life, conveying affection by displaying photographs of his family.

He has an exciting post demonstrating his bravery, determination, and sporting spirit. So, follow him on social media to stay up to date and get a glimpse of his personal life.

Instagram: 38.3K Followers 

Twitter: 23.5K Followers 

Popularity Graph 

The former NBA player is still a famous sports personality. Fans of Troy frequently visit the internet to learn about his current career and private life. 

Troy Williams Search Graph 2023
Troy Williams Search Graph 2023 (Source: Google Trend)

The line graph illustrates his search trend in the last 12 months. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Troy Williams in NBA?

No, he isn't. Troy Williams is currently a member of the Philippine Basketball Association, as he was signed with Blackwater Bossing in February 2023.

How long did Troy Williams play in the NBA?

Troy played in the NBA since 2016, starting with the Memphis Grizzlies and ending with the Sacramento Kings in 2019.

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