Williams named MVP, Defensive Player of the Year in Portugal

May 9, 2020
Travante Williams basketball

Travante Williams

Different jersey, same Travante Williams.

Even though the Anchorage native switched teams in the Portuguese League, he maintained his status as the best defender and added another accomplishment: Most Valuable Player.

The 6-foot-6 small forward earned MVP honors for the first time in his three seasons as a professional player in Portugal while winning his third straight Defensive Player of the Year award.

Williams, of Mt. Edgecumbe High fame, had a fabulous first year with Sporting Lisbon, helping the team go 21-1 before COVID-19 ended the season early.

In his three seasons in Portugal, his teams have gone 94-11.

Williams has proven to be the catalyst; whether it was leading Oliveirense to back-to-back Portuguese League championships in 2018 and 2019 or helping Sporting Lisbon assert itself as the top team in 2020.

He averaged 17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 19 games – all career highs while in Portugal.

His 2.2 steals matched his career average.

In 2017, as a rookie, Williams was named MVP of the Georgian League after averaging a career-best 32.3 points per game and posting his first 50-burger as a pro.