Player Name: Deron Williams
Team: New Jersey Nets
Position: Point Guard
Born: June 26, 1984 in Parkersburg, West Virginia
Turned Pro: 2005
Deron Michael Williams nicknamed D-Will, is an American basketball player currently with Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League. Prior to playing for Besiktas, Williams played for the Utah Jazz and the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is still under contract with the Nets, but he signed with Besiktas because of the 2011 NBA lockout. 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 two-time All-Star and a gold medal winner at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
During the 2011 NBA lockout, Williams signed a one-year contract for $5 million net income to play for Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League, to play in the third-tier level of pan-European professional basketball, the FIBA EuroChallenge (the level below the Euroleague and Eurocup levels).His contract allows him to return to the NBA with the Nets when the work stoppage ends. Besiktas was the same team that signed Allen Iverson in 2010. Because Williams is still under an NBA contract, he required clearance from FIBA in order to play elsewhere.
He won NBA All-Star, All-NBA Team, NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA Skills Challenge Champion, Gold medal with Team USA, FIBA Americas Championship 2007 and Gold medal with Team USA, 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
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