Ray Williams, the former New York Knicks guard who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists in 10 seasons in the NBA, died Friday. He was 58. Former Knicks and Nets guard Ray Williams died on Friday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 58. He's a part of our Knicks family,'' Woodson said in Toronto before the Knicks' victory over the Raptors. “I was very good friends with Ray.” "Ray was probably my favorite college teammate,'' McHale, now the coach of the Houston Rockets, said after his team's victory over Cleveland on Friday night. He averaged 16.4 points in five seasons in New York and went on to play for New Jersey, Kansas City, Boston, Atlanta and San Antonio.