James Williams

NBA Experience 14th season
Born May 23, 1979 (Memphis, Tenn.)
Resides Chicago, Ill.
High School LaPorte HS (LaPorte, Ind.)
College Purdue University ‘01

James Williams has officiated 756 regular-season games in 13 seasons as an NBA staff official. Williams has also worked 56 playoff games, including four NBA Finals games. He refereed the NBA All-Star Game in 2013 (Houston) and 2022 (Cleveland). 

Williams served as an NCAA official from 2001-10. He also officiated two seasons in the WNBA and worked two NBA G League Finals and the 2010 NBA G League All-Star Game.

Williams graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Law & Society and History. He was honored as an Outstanding Graduating Senior by the School of Liberal Arts.

The Memphis native and Chicago resident enjoys reading, sports, movies, travel, working out and biking.

Fun Facts

Favorite TV Show Snowfall
Favorite Movie The Shawshank Redmeption
Favorite Book 1619
Favorite Meal Soul Food
Favorite App RefMasters
Would Most Like To Visit Africa
Bucket List Becoming Mayor of Chicago
Hidden Talent Throwing a baseball