Jerome Williams (born May 10, 1973 in Washington, D.C.) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA, who last played for the New York Knicks. He was a star player on the Magruder High School basketball team. Drafted out of Georgetown University by the Detroit Pistons with the 26th pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, he played four-plus years with the Pistons, becoming one of their key reserves. He was a fan favorite during his days playing for the Toronto Raptors.
On February 22, 2001 Williams was traded, along with Eric Montross, to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Corliss Williamson, Tyrone Corbin, Kornel David and a future first-round draft pick. In 2002-03 with the Raptors, Williams averaged 9.7 points per game, primarily as a starter, which has thus far been his career-best scoring average. December 1, 2003 saw him traded again, this time along with Antonio Davis and Chris Jefferies, to the Chicago Bulls for Jalen Rose, Donyell Marshall and Lonny Baxter. Overall in 2003-04, Williams played in 68 games, starting 44 of them, averaging 6.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. During the 2004 offseason, he was involved in yet another trade, one that sent him and Jamal Crawford to the Knicks for Dikembe Mutombo, Frank Williams, Othella Harrington and Cezary Trybanski. His relocation to New York meant a relocation to the bench, as his minutes dropped down to around 17 a game.
On August 15, 2005, Williams was waived by the Knicks to avoid luxury taxes on his salary, as part of the NBA's new labor agreement. He announced his retirement from his playing career less than 48 hours later. Williams has played in 587 games over nine seasons, averaging 6.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He joined the NBA's "Basketball Without Borders" program, an effort to teach the game and bring resources to underdeveloped nations in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Fans appreciate Williams and his strong work ethic. In Toronto, he has been greeted with a standing ovation when he returns as a visiting player. Known as The Junkyard Dog (or JYD), Jerome usually refers to himself in the third person.
On January 25, 2006, Williams rejoined the Toronto Raptors as their community representative.