Deron Williams

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Deron Williams (born June 26, 1984) in Parkersburg, West Virginia) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on July 14, 2005.

Williams was a top-50 recruit out of The Colony High School outside of Dallas. He elected to play his college basketball at the University of Illinois where as a freshman he appeared in 32 games averaging 6.3 points and 4.5 assists. It all came together as a sophomore when he raised his averages to 14.o points and 6.2 rebounds while being named First Team All-Big 10. In his junior campaign he posted 12.5 ppg and 6.8 apg and was selected All-Big 10 First Team and by the Associated Press as a Third Team All-American.

Following his junior year, he announced he would make himself available for the 2005 NBA Draft. In his three years at Illinois, Williams led the school to two Big 10 titles, two Big 10 Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances including one Final Four.

The Utah Jazz selected the 6'3 point guard in the first round (third overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft. As a rookie he made his presence known immediately averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 assists and being named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. His numbers increased impressively to the point where, in his third season, Williams played in all 82 games, averaging 18.8 points and 10.5 assists and bring named Second Team All-NBA. It was also that year when he won the 2008 NBA All-Star Skills Challenge during All-Star weekend.

In 2008-2009, his fourth in the league, Williams missed 13 of Utah's first 15 games with the effects of a preseason ankle sprain. Despite the late start he still had the best numbers of his career to that point finishing the season with 19.4 points and 10.7 rebounds. The following season he again garnered All-NBA Second Team honors behind averages of 18.7 ppg and 10.5 apg while being named to his first-ever NBA All-Star Game.

2009-2010 started normally enough for Williams but after 53 games, the Jazz sent him to the New Jersey Nets in return for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first round draft picks and cash considerations. The Nets were in their final year in New Jersey and were thrilled to have Williams to help inaugurate their new hometown and new arena in Brooklyn. While there were numerous highs for both Williams and the Nets, the team never quite put it together and the point guard's numbers fell each season he was there.

Brooklyn released Deron Williams on July 11, 2015 and it took his hometown Dallas Mavericks only three days to work a deal to have him return home. The Mavericks had sought his services the last time he was a free agent but this time they got him.

In his first season with Dallas, Williams averaged 14.1 points, a team-high 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 32.4 minutes in 65 games (63 starts). he shot .414 from the field, .344 from three-point range and a career-high .869 from the free throw line. Among league leaders he ranked 19th in assists and 15th in free throw percentage.