Deron Williams was chosen by the Utah Jazz with the third overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He spent three seasons playing college basketball with the University of Illinois where he was a part of championship contender in every year. When he joined the Jazz, Williams was an immediate impact player, earning a fulltime starting job by the end of his rookie season. Over the last few years, he has developed into one of the best point guards in the NBA
In three years with the University of Illinois, Deron Williams developed into one of the best prospects in amateur basketball. He grew into a great starting point guard, increasing his assist average in each college season. In his junior and final season, Williams led Illinois to the NCAA national championship game.
Playing under Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, Deron Williams had to earn his playing time. When he struggled as a rookie, Williams saw his playing time get cut in half. As the season progressed, so did Williams. For the last two months of the season, he became Utah’s starting point guard and took home All-Rookie First Team honors.
Deron Williams was on a Utah Jazz team that had been scuffling for a few seasons since the retirement of Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton. In his second season, Williams stepped up as one of the NBA’s best playmakers, carrying the Jazz to the playoffs for the first time since the end of the John Stockton/Karl Malone era. Williams averaged 16.2 points and 9.3 assists per game in the regular season and 19.2 points and 8.6 assists per game in the postseason as the Jazz reached the 2007 Western Conference Finals.
Following his great sophomore season and playoff performance, Deron Williams began earning greater recognition from the league. In 2007-08, he averaged a double-double for the first time, a feat he has accomplished in three straight seasons. With averages of 18.8 points and 10.5 rebounds, Williams made his first postseason honor with a spot on the 2008 All-NBA Second Team.
Deron Williams is one of the NBA’s elite playmakers, breaking down defenses to the tune of 19 points and 11 assists per game in the 2009-10 season. He played in his first All-Star Game in 2010 and earned another All-NBA selection. Williams led the Jazz to their third division title in the last four years as the team won 53 games and reached the conference semifinals.
Shortly after the retirement of John Stockton, the Utah Jazz found their new franchise point guard in Deron Williams. For each of the last four years, Williams has finished in the top three in assists and he currently holds the eighth highest career assist average in NBA history with 9.0 per game.