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57. Deron Williams

The third overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, Deron Williams had taken the University of Illinois Fighting Illini to the NCAA Championship Game prior to being drafted.  While Illinois lost to UNC, Williams established himself as a future NBA Star, which was what he would become. 

With the Utah Jazz, Williams would work his way to the starting rotation and before long the Point Guard would reach All Star status, and would do so in three consecutive years in 2010 to 2012.  He would be traded to the New Jersey Nets in March of 2012 and was set the cornerstone of what was supposed to be a dynasty leading to the franchises move to Brooklyn.  While this didn’t quite work out, D-Will was still a great player for a few years and was considered good enough to be on the United States Olympic Basketball team where he would win two Gold Medals, 2008 & 2012.

At the time of his retirement, Williams was 14th overall in Assists per Game and 20th overall in Assist.  He would finish seven times in Assists per Game in the top five with a four year run (2007-08 to 2010-11) where he eclipsed the double digit mark.  He would also retire with a more than respectable 16.3 Points per Game Average.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Parkersburg, WV)
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Played For: Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz
  • College: Illinois Wesleyan
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 3rd Overall in 2005
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NBA All Star (3) (2010, 2011 & 2012)

    NBA All Second Team (2) (2008 & 2010)

    Championship Rings: (None)

    Olympic Gold Medal (2) (U.S.A., 2008 & 2012)
  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (1) (2012-13)

    Top Ten Finishes: Assists (7) (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)

    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (1) (2010-2011)

    Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (1) (2011-2012)

    Top Ten Finishes: Assists per Game (7) (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)

    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (2012-2013)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 14. Assists per Game: 8.1
    20. Assists: 6,819

Should Deron Williams be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 12.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 25%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 37.5%
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