Williams playing for the Nets.
|No. 8 - Brooklyn Nets|
|Date of birth: June 26, 1984|
|Place of birth: Parkersburg, Virginia|
|Height: 6 ft 3 in||Weight: 207 lbs|
| NBA Draft: 2005; Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd|
Selected by the Utah Jazz
|Debuted in 2005 for the Utah Jazz|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Deron Williams at NBA.com|
Deron Michael Williams (born June 26, 1984 in The Colony, Texas) is an American professional basketball player who plays at Point guard in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets, Williams has signed to play for the Turkish team Besiktas during the current NBA Lockout Williams attended Arbor Creek Middle School in Carrollton, Tx. Williams attended The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas and averaged 17 points, 9.4 assists, and 2 steals per game as a junior in 2001. That year he lead his team, the Cougars, to a 32-2 record and the Class 5A state semifinals. In 2002 as a senior he averaged 17.6 points, 8.4 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game. His team, the Cougars, went 29-2 that season. Deron was a teammate of Bracey Wright who went on to play for Indiana University.
Williams played college basketball at the University of Illinois beginning with the 2002-03 NCAA season. In his freshman year, he started 30 of 32 games and ranked third in the Big Ten Conference in assists with 4.53 per game. As a sophomore, Deron improved his scoring average from 6.3 to 14.0 points per game (led team) and improved his assists per game to 6.17. Deron was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media.
In 2005, as a junior starting point guard, Williams led the Fighting Illini to the NCAA championship game, where they lost to the University of North Carolina. Williams declared for the NBA Draft after the 2005 season, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.
Williams received many awards after the 2004-05 season. These honors include being named a consensus Second Team All American, as well as being named First Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Tournament Team, and All-Final Four team. Williams was also a finalist for the John Wooden Award and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Chicago Regional in the NCAA Tournament. Williams was named First-Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2004 and as a junior in 2005, the year in which Williams, called by coach Bruce Weber "the MVP of the team", led the Illini to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship game before losing to North Carolina.
2005-06 Rookie Season
Following the season, Williams declared for the 2005 NBA Draft, in which the Utah Jazz selected Williams with the third overall selection. He was selected after #1 pick Andrew Bogut and #2 pick Marvin Williams. Williams started the season coming off the bench, but eventually moved into the role of starting point guard. Williams finished his rookie season averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 assists per game, in 80 games played. Williams was rewarded by being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, as well as being the only other rookie besides Chris Paul to receive a first-place vote in the 2005-06 NBA Rookie of the Year voting (Williams received 1 first-place vote).
Deron began the 2006-07 season as the starting point guard for the Jazz. The Jazz started the season with a 12-1 record. This record was the best in team history and in the league. During these first 13 games of the season Deron played remarkably, delivering five double-doubles. Two of these double-doubles were back-to-back performances of 26/14 and 27/15 (points/assists). Both of these assists totals bested his previous career high. In the second of those two games, he also had a career high in steals, with five. On January 17, 2007, in a game against the Detroit Pistons, he recorded a career high 31 points. A few days later, on January 24, he recorded a career high 21 assists in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies which helped contribute to Carlos Boozer's career high 39 points. In his second season, his numbers have improved in almost all categories, increasing to 16.2 points and 9.3 assists per game. The Jazz improved to post a 51-31 record, winning the Northwest Division title.
The playoffs ended a three year layoff for the Jazz, and in the first round they faced the Houston Rockets. Deron scored in double figures in each of the seven games in the series, including a 14 assist, 20 point double-double on May 5 to close out the series in Houston. It was their first playoff series victory since 2000.
In the second round, Williams and the Jazz faced the Golden State Warriors who had just upset the Dallas Mavericks 4-2 in the first round. Deron started off the series strong, posting double-doubles in two of the first four games as the Jazz jumped out to a 3-1 series lead. In the fifth game, Williams was plagued by foul problems and struggled from the floor hitting only one of eleven shots from the field, and scoring just two points. His teammates picked him up, and posted a 100-87 victory, sending the Jazz to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1998 - in the days of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
The Jazz faced the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals, a team led by Tim Duncan who had posted three NBA championships since 1999. Deron played his best basketball of the season in the first three games, averaging nine assists and over thirty points in the first three games. Spurs guard Tony Parker recognized Deron's effort in the Jazz game three 109-83 win. “He played good tonight. He was was very aggressive from the beginning of the game. His outside shot was going and he was aggressive in getting everyone involved.”
Spurs player Bruce Bowen highlighted Williams's skills, and compared him to the previous Jazz all-star guard. “That's what's missing today in the NBA is solid point guards. You have the scoring guards, you have guards that can't do some things. With him, it's special because he spent that time in college and learned more and more about the game of basketball. So he goes to a team that really needs a great point guard and he just fits the mold of a young [John] Stockton."
Deron Williams again elevated his play during his third season in the NBA. He scored a career high 41 points on December 8, 2007 in a game against the Dallas Mavericks, although they ended up losing the game. He also had two 20-assist games on the season. He elevated all of his stats, improving to 18.8 points and 10.5 assists per game, third in the league behind Chris Paul and Steve Nash. Despite his strong performance during the season, he was not selected to represent the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game, as the point guard position was filled by Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, and Chris Paul. Although he did not participate in the main event, he won the 2008 All-Star Skills Challenge.
Much was made of Williams's new leadership role on the team, and how he calls the majority of the plays on the team instead of coach Jerry Sloan, something not even John Stockton did. In March, Deron dished 212 assists, the most by any NBA player in any month since John Stockton in January 1992. The Jazz again won the Northwest Division and the four seed, this time with a 54–28 record, and again faced a Houston Rockets team that had home-court advantage in the first round. However, the Jazz won the first two games in Houston and went on to win the series in six games. In the second round, the Jazz lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Williams was the leading scorer for the Jazz in the 2008 playoffs.
Deron was selected as a member of the USA Olympic team for the Beijing Olympics on June 23, 2008. The team went unbeaten on the way to winning back the gold medal after defeating 2006 World Champion Spain and living up to their "Redeem Team" moniker after missing out in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Deron Williams missed thirteen of the first fifteen games of the season due to a second-degree ankle sprain sustained in the preseason against the Chicago Bulls. He returned November 26 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Since that time, he has led the team through an up-and-down season plagued by injuries to several key players (most notably Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko), but despite averaging 19.2 ppg and 10.0 apg through the All-Star Break, he was again snubbed from the All-Star Game. Similar to the previous year, he responded to the snub with strong play, scoring 30+ points in five consecutive games before the break (he missed one additional game during this time due to a minor injury) and leading the team to a 5–2 record to close out the first half of the season, including a win over the league-leading Los Angeles Lakers to snap their seven-game winning streak. They followed the All-Star Break with a win against the defending champion Boston Celtics.
On March 1, 2009, Deron Williams became the second active player (Steve Nash being the other) to reach 20 or more assists in at least four games in their career.
On December 14, 2009, Williams was named the Western Conference Player of the Week. A week after his teammate and pick and roll partner Carlos Boozer, was named The Western Conference Player of the Week. The Jazz hadn't had consecutive Western Conference Player of the Week Awards since 1997, when Karl Malone won it back to back.
On January 28, 2010, Williams was named to participate in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This marked his All-Star debut. He was also invited to participate in the 2010 NBA Skills Challenge where he finished second to Steve Nash.
Despite being overshadowed by other point guards Chris Paul and Steve Nash prior to the 2009-2010 season, for allstar recognition, notable basketball analyst and former player Kenny Smith, and analyst and Hall of Fame player Charles Barkley proclaimed Deron Williams to be the best point guard in the NBA.
Despite playing with injuries to his wrist and ankle, and playing without starters Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur, Deron Williams became just the second player in Utah Jazz history to record at least 30 points and 10 or more assists in a playoff game. John Stockton is the only other Jazz player to accomplish said feat, doing so twice in his career. Williams scored 33 points on 7-14 shooting from the field while making 16-18 free throws from the line, while also contributing 14 assists on the road in a game 2 win against the Denver Nuggets. He repeated that feat later in series while scoring 34 points and dishing out 10 assists.
On April 28, Deron Williams became the first player in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 10 or more assists in five straight games in a playoff series. Williams points/assists through the first five games, in order, were 26/11, 33/14, 24/10, 24/13, and 34/10.
After Sloan resigned mid-season on February 7, 2011, he denied reports that conflicts with Williams forced him to leave. "I forced myself out," Sloan responded. Williams acknowledge he had a disagreement with Sloan during the previous night's game, but he added, "I would never force coach Sloan out of Utah. He's meant more to this town, more to this organization than I have by far. I would have asked out of Utah first." On February 23, Williams was traded to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first round draft picks, and $3 million. While Williams was under contract through 2011–12 with a player option worth $17.7 million for 2012–13, Jazz chief executive officer Greg Miller did not believe they would be able to re-sign Williams. "And while I never saw any indication that he wouldn’t re-sign with us, I never saw any indication he would,” said Miller.