MEET THE GUARDIANS OF THE GAME.
|NBA Experience||13th season|
|Born||May 23, 1979 (Memphis, Tenn.)|
|High School||LaPorte HS (LaPorte, Ind.)|
|College||Purdue University ‘01|
James Williams has officiated 693 regular-season games in 12 seasons as an NBA staff official. Williams has also worked 45 playoff games, including three 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.
|Favorite TV Show||Snowfall|
|Favorite Movie||The Shawshank Redmeption|
|Favorite Meal||Soul Food|
|Would Most Like To Visit||Africa|
|Bucket List||Becoming Mayor of Chicago|
|Hidden Talent||Throwing a baseball|