Jay Williams spent his entire NBA career – the 2002-2003 season – with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls drafted him after a high-school and college career that ended with his being named national player of the year at Duke University.
He seemed destined for greatness, but in June 2003, he nearly lost his left leg in a motorcycle accident. At the time, the Bulls agreed to pay him the $7.7 million he would have gotten for the next two seasons, but his injuries were so extensive that they kept him out of commission for three years.
In 2006 he attempted a comeback and signed a non-guaranteed contract with the New Jersey Nets, but he was waived less than two weeks before the start of the season. "You can't make up missing 3½ years in a month in a half," coach Lawrence Frank told the Associated Press. Williams never played another NBA game.