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John Williams, popular 6th man with Cavaliers, dies at 53

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) John ''Hot Rod'' Williams, a popular sixth man with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1986 to 1995, has died.

Williams' agent, Mark Bartelstein, says Williams died Friday in a Baton Rouge hospital from complications related to prostate cancer. He was 53.

The 6-foot-11 Williams was a Louisiana native who played at Tulane and was the school's second all-time scorer. He spent his first nine NBA seasons with Cleveland, then closed his career with shorter stints in Phoenix and Dallas, last playing in 1999.

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Williams played in 887 NBA games, averaging 11 points and 6.8 rebounds. During the 1989-90 season, he averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds.