Deron Williams
Basketball player
Deron Williams
Deron Michael Williams, nicknamed D-Will, is an American basketball player currently with the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. Williams has also played for the Utah Jazz of the NBA and Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League. Williams was drafted 3rd overall in the 2005 draft by the Utah Jazz, for whom he played before being traded in the middle of his sixth season to the Nets. He is a three-time All-Star and was a gold medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
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NBA-Highlights of Thursday's NBA games
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Thursday: Nuggets 140, Pacers 112 The Denver Nuggets traveled 4,683 miles to play a home game, and the trek paid off with one of its best games of the year. Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Wilson Chandler scored 21 points, and the Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers 140-112 on Thursday at O2 Arena in London, England. Mavericks 113, Suns 108 Deron Williams scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes had 22 as Dallas used an 18-4 run to start the third quarter to pull away for a win over Phoenix in Mexico City.
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Mavericks come from behind to beat Bulls 83-77
ABC News - about 1 year
CHICAGO -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an 83-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72 after the teams had traded the lead most of the fourth quarter. Jimmy Butler missed two 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds as the Bulls tried to rally. Butler was limited to four points on 2-for-11 shooting from the field, one night after scoring a career-high 53 in a victory at Philadelphia. Deron Williams had 18 points for the Mavericks and Zaza Pachulia grabbed 10 rebounds. Derrick Rose, back in the lineup after missing one game with knee pain, led the Bulls with 18 points. Pau Gasol added 17 points and Taj Gibson had 11 rebounds. Chicago's Joakim Noah left the game after separating his left shoulder with just under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter. Noah was in obvious.. ...
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NBA-Highlights of Tuesday's NBA games
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association games: - - - Cavaliers 110, Mavericks 107 (OT) Kyrie Irving drilled a deep three-pointer with 13 seconds to go in overtime that sealed the Cavaliers' eighth consecutive victory, a 110-107 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. Deron Williams mistakenly thought he had drawn an offensive charge on Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who passed up on an open jumper from 15 feet and dished out to Irving in the deep wing for the game-winning bomb. ...
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Nets Fire Coach Lionel Hollins, Reassign GM Billy King
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey. The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired. The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets had made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers. King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach. "It's clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership," owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture a ...
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Mavs Make It 22 Straight at Home Over Kings in 2-OT Thriller
NYTimes - about 1 year
Deron Williams has been back with his hometown Dallas Mavericks for a couple of months now.
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Deron Williams Is Back in New York, Minus the Pressure
NYTimes - about 1 year
Williams, who struggled after being acquired by the Nets amid huge expectations in 2011, returned to New York to face the Knicks with a new team, the Mavericks, and a new outlook.
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Harden leads Rockets past Mavericks
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(The Sports Xchange) - Guard James Harden scored 25 points, including a step-back jumper with 7.4 seconds to go, to lead the Houston Rockets to a 100-96 win against the Dallas Mavericks. If I have the opportunity to pass it and make a good play, I will do that as well." Dallas guard Deron Williams led the Mavs with 22 points and six assists while forward Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, but he also headed to the locker room with a left ankle issue with 11:17 to go. Nowitzki made it back to the bench with a little more than eight minutes left and the game tied 84-84.
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Mavericks Score First 16 Points of Second Half, Beat Nuggets
NYTimes - about 1 year
Deron Williams scored 22 points, Zaza Pachulia added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks used a 16-0 run to begin the second half and beat the Denver Nuggets 92-81 on Saturday night and snap a three-game losing streak.
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Leonard lifts Spurs past Mavericks
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(The Sports Xchange) - Kawhi Leonard is getting more secure with the ball in his hands and the game on the line and his success in that role has been an important part of the San Antonio Spurs hot start. Leonard poured in 26 points, including the clinching three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining, as the Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks for an 88-83 victory on Wednesday. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper with 2:15 to play, cutting San Antonio's lead to 82-80 and Dallas had a chance to tie on their next possession but Deron Williams badly missed a jumper.
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Russell Westbrook Lobs Kevin Durant Left-Handed Alley-Oop, KD Slams It Home - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 1 year
Bleacher Report Russell Westbrook Lobs Kevin Durant Left-Handed Alley-Oop, KD Slams It Home Bleacher Report With the Oklahoma City Thunder leading the Utah Jazz 67-52 early in the third quarter on Monday, the team's biggest stars teamed up on a sweet alley-oop. Russell Westbrook attacked the paint, drew the defense and floated a left-handed lob for Kevin ... Thunder's Kanter admits prior Jazz comments were 'a little harsh'FOXSports.com He didn't believe he could fly: Deron Williams threw down a dunk for the first ...Dallas Morning News Kevin Durant returns from hamstring injury, will play against JazzCBSSports.com Deseret News -ESPN -Ledger Gazette -SB Nation all 297 news articles »
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Williams, Nowitzki Lead Mavericks Past Jazz, 102-93
NYTimes - over 1 year
Deron Williams scored a season-high 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 102-93 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.
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NBA-Highlights from Monday's NBA games
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Nov 16 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Monday: - - - - Mavericks 92, 76ers 86 Veteran forward Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 21 points in the final 3:23 as the Dallas Mavericks held off the winless Philadelphia 76ers. Chandler Parsons added a season-high 20 for Dallas, while guard Deron Williams contributed 12 points and six assists. Rookie center Jahlil Okafor had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who have lost 21 successive games dating back to March 25, when they beat the Denver Nuggets. Rookie guard T.J. ...
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Nowitzki leads Mavericks to win over Lakers
Yahoo News - over 1 year
(The Sports Xchange) - Forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth consecutive time, rolling to a 103-93 victory Sunday night at Staples Center. Center Zaza Pachulia added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks (2-1), who had six players score in double figures. The Mavericks had three of their starters return. Forward Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) made his season debut, while guard Deron Williams (left knee sprain) and Wesley Matthews (rest) returned from one-game absences. ...
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NBA-Highlights of Monday's playoff games
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association playoff games: - - - Nets 120, Hawks 115 (OT) Rookie guard Bojan Bogdanovic hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 85 seconds left in overtime, and the Brooklyn Nets evened their Eastern Conference quarter-final series with a 120-115 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece heading to Game five on Wednesday in Atlanta. The Washington Wizards, who swept their first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, await the Hawks-Nets winner. Point guard Deron Williams led the Nets with 35 points.
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Nets show flashes of what could have been in Game 3
USA Today - almost 2 years
This is what the Nets imagined after bringing together Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez.           
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Brooklyn Nets: Jarrett Jack or Deron Williams
isports web - almost 2 years
Game two between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks pretty much followed the same narrative as game one did. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Nets did not panic and fought back. Every time it looked as if the Hawks were ready to pull away, the Nets often found out a way to get back in the game and keep it close time and time again. Eventually losing the game 96-91, the Nets are showing some toughness but has not been able to get over the hump in these first two games. Jarrett Jack provided a much needed lift for the Nets off the bench. In 28 minutes Jack put up an impressive stat line tallying 23 points on 9/13 from the field and 2/5 from three point range. He also added five rebounds and three assists to his game and was a +9 while on the floor. He also added a nice 13 points in 16 minutes in game one of this series. This production was much needed for the Nets. Quite frankly, he has looked a lot better recently than Deron Willams. With Willia ...
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National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules
Fox News - almost 2 years
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks continued this year's playoff trend simply by doing what they do best. Paul Millsap scored 19 points and led a strong performance from the perimeter that carried the Eastern Conference regular-season champions to a 96-91 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their opening-round series on Wednesday. The Hawks vaulted to the top of the East behind a 38 percent success rate from 3-point range, second only to Western Conference-leading Golden State for the best in the NBA. They made good on 12-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc on Wednesday, while staving off a determined late rally from the Nets to become the sixth team during this postseason to claim a 2-0 lead in the quarterfinals. Millsap went 4-for-4 from long distance and 7-of-11 overall from the floor, Kyle Korver buried a trio of treys en route to 17 points and Jeff Teague hit a pair of triples while compiling 16 p ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Deron Williams
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On July 8, 2016, Williams re-signed with the Mavericks.
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  • 2015
    On July 14, 2015, Williams signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut for the Mavericks in the team's season opener against the Phoenix Suns on October 28, recording 12 points and 7 assists in a 111–95 win. On December 1, he scored a then season-high 30 points in a 115–112 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers. He missed the team's last four games of December with a left hamstring, returning to action on January 1 against the Miami Heat. He played in 20 minutes off the bench against the Heat, finishing with nine points and five assists. On January 5, he scored 25 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer in double overtime against the Sacramento Kings. On March 20, he recorded season highs of 31 points and 16 assists in a 132–120 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the first Maverick with 30 points and 15 assists in the same game since Jason Kidd did so in 1996. Between late March and early April, Williams missed eight games with a left abdominal strain. The abdominal strain resurfaced for Williams in Game 4 of the Mavericks' first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, ruling him out for the rest of the game after just 89 seconds and later ruled him out for the rest of the season.
    On July 11, 2015, Williams was waived by the Nets.
    More Details Hide Details He received a buyout from the final two seasons of his contract with the Nets.
    On April 3, 2015, he scored a season-high 31 points in a 114-109 win over the Toronto Raptors.
    More Details Hide Details In Game 4 of the Nets' first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on April 27, Williams scored a playoff career-high 35 points in a 120-115 overtime win to tie the series at 2-2. The Nets went on to lose the series in six games.
  • 2014
    After leading the Nets to a 4-2 record to start the 2014–15 season, Williams was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, November 3 through Sunday, November 9.
    More Details Hide Details The award marked his first Player of the Week honor as a Net, having previously won the award three times during his tenure with the Jazz, and his first since the week of November 8–14, 2010. Despite a good start to the season injury-wise for Williams, he went down on December 19 in the 91-95 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, limping off the court in the second quarter with a strained right calf and did not return. He subsequently missed the following two games, only to return on December 26 against Boston coming off the bench for the first time this season, losing his starting spot in favor of Jarrett Jack. He was later ruled out indefinitely on January 8 with a fractured rib that he suffered on January 4 against Miami. After an 11-game absence due to the injury, Williams returned to action on February 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers, recording 15 points and 3 assists off the bench in the 102-100 win.
    On April 4, 2014, Williams recorded his 25th straight game with at least one steal, one short of the Nets' franchise record held by Jason Kidd and Mookie Blaylock.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, he tied the Nets' franchise record with a steal against the 76ers. He broke the record the next game with two steals against the Miami Heat on April 8. The streak ended at 31 on April 22 after he failed to record a steal in Game 2 of their first round playoff matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
  • 2013
    Two days later, Williams recorded a steal for the 22nd straight game, marking the longest streak in the 2013–14 season.
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    On March 8, 2013 the Nets were playing the Washington Wizards as Williams hit 11 three-pointers in a single game, setting a Nets record.
    More Details Hide Details He hit 9 of the 11 threes in the first half, which was an NBA record for three-pointers in a half. Williams finished the night with 42 points in a Nets win. On March 28, 2014, Williams recorded his 21st consecutive game with at least one steal, tying the Hawks' Paul Millsap with the longest such streak in the league in 2013–14.
  • 2012
    Williams scored the first regular season points at the new Barclays Center on November 3, 2012 against the Toronto Raptors.
    More Details Hide Details The Nets won the game 107-100 as Williams finished the game with 19 points and 9 assists. On November 26, 2012 the Nets played their crosstown rival, the New York Knicks, at the Barclays Center. The game was scheduled to be played on November 1, 2012 and be the first game of the season for the Knicks and the Nets. The game was postponed due to weather in the New York City area involving Hurricane Sandy. The Nets beat the Knicks 96-89 in overtime, with Williams contributing 16 points and 14 assists. On December 27, 2012, the Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson after a 14 win, 14 lose start. Rumors circulated that Williams might have been involved in the firing, but Williams denied playing a role and said he was surprised Johnson was fired. Williams announced that he would miss the final two games before the All-Star break to receive a cortisone shot in both of his ankles and platelet-rich plasma treatment in his ankles. His problems stemmed from a bone spur that was causing inflammation in the ankle.
    On July 11, 2012, Williams signed a five-year, $98.7 million deal to remain with the Nets, who had completed their move to Brooklyn.
    More Details Hide Details He was encouraged to stay with the Nets after GM Billy King completed a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for six time All-Star Joe Johnson, as well as re-signing young big man Brook Lopez.
    When Lopez returned after the All-Star break, the Nets began to pick up their play. On March 4, 2012, Williams scored a career-high and Nets franchise-high 57 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.
    More Details Hide Details He broke the previous team record of 52 points held by Mike Newlin and Ray Williams. It was the most points scored in the NBA that season and the second-most points scored against the Bobcats by one player in a single game, second to Kobe Bryant. Lopez went down again with a sprained ankle and was out for several more weeks. Williams remained optimistic that he would resign with the Nets, but was noncommittal as he said he wanted to keep his options open and become a free agent at the end of the season. Williams reiterated this stance on March 16 after the Nets failed to land All-Star center Dwight Howard at the trade deadline.
  • 2011
    After a tentative agreement to end the 2011 NBA lockout was reached, Williams' jersey #8 was retired by Beşiktaş in a farewell ceremony prior to a game against Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden on November 29, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details After the lockout ended, Williams returned to New Jersey, hoping to lead the Nets to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Nets caught a bad break in the preseason, though, as Brook Lopez suffered a broken foot that caused him to miss more than 2 months. After winning their opening game at Washington, the Nets went on to lose their next six, putting them in an early hole in the standings in an abbreviated season. The Nets continued to struggle without Lopez, but Williams played well enough to be voted into the All-Star game for the third time in his career, as he averaged over 22 points and 8 assists at the break.
    On November 22, 2011, Williams scored 50 points against Göttingen, during a EuroChallenge first group-stage game.
    More Details Hide Details In the game Williams went 17–23 from the field and 7–10 on three point attempts and 9–11 on free throws.
    During the 2011 NBA lockout, Williams signed a one-year contract for $5 million net income to play for Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League and the FIBA EuroChallenge.
    More Details Hide Details His contract allowed him to return to the NBA with the Nets once the work stoppage ended. Beşiktaş was the same team that signed Allen Iverson in 2010. Because Williams was still under an NBA contract, he required clearance from FIBA in order to play elsewhere.
    On April 11, 2011, Williams had wrist surgery on his right wrist which ended his season, although he was initially hesitant to having it. "I was angry and tried to tell the doctors that I didn't want to have the surgery", Williams said. "The two doctors had me outvoted, two against one.
    More Details Hide Details I couldn't do anything about it. They told me that there was no reason to postpone it and if I didn't have it, I would be dealing with the same pain again."
    On February 23, 2011, Williams was traded to the New Jersey Nets for guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favors, two first round draft picks, and $3 million in cash.
    More Details Hide Details While Williams was under contract through with a player option worth $17.7 million for, Jazz chief executive officer Greg Miller did not believe the team could 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. Williams' acquisition gave the Nets a proven NBA star to build around as the team was preparing to make the transition to their new home in Brooklyn. Williams' impact on the Nets was immediately apparent, although he played in just 12 games due to a nagging wrist injury. As a team, the Nets were one of highest scoring teams post all-star break and big men Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries both saw their scoring numbers increase as Williams averaged 12.8 APG during those 12 games. His 47 assists were an NBA record for a player in his first 3 games with a new team and no Net before him recorded double doubles in their first 5 games with the team.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Williams acknowledged 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."
  • 2010
    He was also invited to participate in the 2010 NBA Skills Challenge where he finished second to Steve Nash.
    More Details Hide Details Despite playing with injuries to his wrist and ankle, and playing without starters Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur, 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, 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.
    On January 28, 2010, Williams was named to participate in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On December 14, 2009, Williams was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.
    More Details Hide Details 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 March 1, 2009, Williams became the second active player after Steve Nash to reach 20 or more assists in at least four games in their career.
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  • 2008
    He was selected as a member of the USA Olympic team for the 2008 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.
    More Details Hide Details In 8 games in the 2008 Olympics, Williams averaged 8. points per game with 2.8 assists. Williams was one of three point guards on the national team, alongside Chris Paul and Jason Kidd. In January 2012, Williams made the 19 man roster of the USA men's basketball team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He ultimately made the final roster. The team won the gold medal by beating Spain for the second consecutive Olympics with a score of 107-100. During the Olympics, Williams averaged 9. points per game with 4.6 assists as he collected his second Olympic gold medal. Williams was baptized as a Christian early 2010. Williams appeared as himself on the Disney Channel show The Suite Life on Deck during the season 3 episode Twister: Part 1 along with Dwight Howard and Kevin Love. Williams married Amy Young, whom he had known since second grade and had dated since high school, and has four children.
    Williams was the leading scorer for the Jazz in the 2008 playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
    Although he did not participate in the main event, he won the 2008 All-Star Skills Challenge.
    More Details Hide Details 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, Williams recorded 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.
  • 2007
    Williams scored a then-career high 41 points on December 8, 2007 in a game against the Dallas Mavericks, although they ended up losing the game.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On January 17, 2007, in a game against the Detroit Pistons, he recorded a career high 31 points.
    More Details Hide Details A few days later, on January 24, he recorded a career high 21 assists in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. In his second season, his numbers improved in almost all categories, increasing to 16.2 points and 9.3 assists per game (second only to Steve Nash in the NBA). The Jazz improved to post a 51–31 record, winning the Northwest Division title. The playoffs ended a three-year playoff drought for the Jazz, and in the first round, they faced the Houston Rockets. Williams 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. The Jazz won the series 4–3, beating the Rockets in Houston to complete the series. It was their first playoff series victory since 2000. In the second round, Williams and the Jazz faced the Golden State Warriors, the eighth-seeded team that had upset the top seeded Dallas Mavericks 4–2 in the first round. Williams 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. However, despite Williams's poor performance, the Jazz posted a 100–87 victory, sending the Jazz to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1998 and the John Stockton and Karl Malone era.
  • 2006
    Williams began the 2006–07 season as the starting point guard for the Jazz.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Williams played remarkably well, 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.
  • 2005
    Williams and Chris Paul have shared a friendly rivalry that began after the 2005 NBA draft, where Williams and Paul were the third and fourth selections overall.
    More Details Hide Details Whether Williams or Paul was the superior point guard is the subject of frequent debate among sports writers and fans.
    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 one first-place vote, from Jazz color commentator Ron Boone).
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    Following the season, Williams declared for the 2005 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details The Utah Jazz selected Williams with the third overall selection, after Andrew Bogut and Marvin Williams. He started the season coming off the bench, eventually moved into the role of starting point guard, and was later sent back to the bench. Williams finished his rookie season averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 assists per game, in 80 games played.
    Williams declared for the NBA draft after the 2005 season, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details That season saw the Illini go undefeated until the final game of the regular season, when they lost to Ohio State by one point. Illinois's road to the Final Four was marked by a comeback win over the Arizona Wildcats, where the Illini, led by Williams, came back from fifteen points down in the final minutes to win the game. Williams made the game-tying three-point shot with just 38.5 seconds left in regulation. He then hit the go-ahead three-pointer in overtime, and the Illini never looked back in that game.
  • 2004
    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 Final Four.
    More Details Hide Details The team included four other future NBA players, including Dee Brown, Roger Powell, James Augustine, and Luther Head.
    Williams received many awards after the 2004–05 season.
    More Details Hide Details Those 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 Wooden Award and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Chicago Regional in the NCAA Tournament.
  • 2003
    Bruce Weber assumed the head coach position for the Illini in April 2003 and helped develop Williams throughout his remaining collegiate career.
    More Details Hide Details As a sophomore, Williams improved his scoring average from 6.3 to 14. points per game and improved his assists per game from the prior year to 6.17. Williams was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media.
  • 2002
    Williams won a bronze medal as member of the United States U18 team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2002.
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    Williams was recruited to play college basketball at the University of Illinois for the 2002–03 NCAA season by Bill Self.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In 2002, as a senior, he averaged 17.6 points, 8.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game.
    More Details Hide Details His team, the Cougars, went 29–2 that season, losing the 5A Texas State semifinals. Williams was a teammate of Bracey Wright who went on to play for Big Ten rival Indiana University.
  • 2001
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That year he led his team, the Cougars, to a 32–2 record and the Class 5A state semifinals against Bryan High.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Four years later in 1997, he won the twelve-year-old 116 lb. weight class championship.
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  • 1993
    Williams was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In elementary school and middle school, Williams won two state wrestling championships. In 1993, as an eight-year-old, he won the 67 lb. weight class Texas State championship.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Born on June 26, 1984.
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