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Deron Williams

32-Year-Old    PG    Dallas Mavericks

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

12.2

REB

2.3

AST

6.5

STL

0.4

BLK

0.1

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Williams bottomed out in 2014-15, his final year with the Nets, looking like a mere shell of his former perennial All-Star self. Of course, that decline began a couple of years earlier, but Williams' per-game averages sunk to near-career-low levels, while his shooting effici...

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HT: 6' 3"   WT: 200 lbs   DOB: 7/26/1984  College: Illinois   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #3 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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Re-signed with the Mavericks on a one-year, $10 million contract in July of 2016.

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Williams compiled 20 points (6-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists and two rebounds across 32 minutes in Wednesday's 120-89 loss to the Kings.

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Deron Williams NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2005-06 20 80 28.8 10.8 2.4 4.5 0.8 0.2 1.1 42.1 70.4 1.8 0.4 2.0 2.7 41.6 4.2 10.1 1.2 1.7
2006-07 21 80 36.9 16.2 3.3 9.3 1.0 0.2 1.0 45.6 76.7 3.1 0.5 2.8 3.2 32.2 6.2 13.5 2.8 3.7
2007-08 22 82 37.3 18.8 3.0 10.5 1.1 0.3 1.0 50.7 80.3 3.4 0.4 2.5 2.6 39.5 6.9 13.6 4.0 5.0
2008-09 23 68 36.8 19.4 2.9 10.7 1.1 0.3 1.0 47.1 84.9 3.4 0.4 2.5 3.3 31.0 6.8 14.5 4.8 5.6
2009-10 24 76 36.9 18.7 4.0 10.5 1.3 0.2 1.3 46.9 80.1 3.3 0.7 3.3 3.4 37.1 6.5 13.9 4.4 5.5
2010-11 25 NJ 12 38.0 15.0 4.6 12.8 1.3 0.3 1.3 34.9 79.3 3.6 0.7 3.9 4.9 27.1 4.9 14.1 3.8 4.8
2010-11 25 UTA 53 37.9 21.3 3.9 9.7 1.2 0.2 1.7 45.8 85.3 3.5 0.6 3.3 4.9 34.5 7.0 15.2 5.7 6.7
2010-11 25 NJ/UTA 65 37.9 20.1 4.0 10.3 1.2 0.2 1.6 43.9 84.5 3.5 0.6 3.4 4.9 33.1 6.6 15.0 5.4 6.3
2011-12 26 NJ 55 36.3 21.0 3.3 8.7 1.2 0.4 2.1 40.7 84.3 4.0 0.4 2.9 6.2 33.6 7.1 17.5 4.7 5.5
2012-13 27 BKN 78 36.4 18.9 3.0 7.7 1.0 0.4 2.2 44.0 85.9 2.8 0.4 2.6 5.7 37.8 6.3 14.4 4.1 4.7
2013-14 28 BKN 64 32.2 14.3 2.6 6.1 1.5 0.2 1.5 45.0 80.1 2.2 0.2 2.4 4.2 36.6 5.0 11.2 2.7 3.4
2014-15 29 BKN 68 31.1 13.0 3.5 6.6 0.9 0.3 1.3 38.7 83.4 2.3 0.4 3.1 3.5 36.7 4.4 11.3 3.0 3.5
2015-16 30 DAL 65 32.4 14.1 2.9 5.8 0.9 0.2 1.5 41.4 86.9 2.3 0.3 2.6 4.3 34.4 4.9 11.9 2.8 3.2
2016-17 31 DAL 14 29.3 12.2 2.3 6.5 0.4 0.1 1.6 38.8 89.3 2.3 0.1 2.1 4.9 32.4 4.4 11.4 1.8 2.0
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2016-17 Projections 32 DAL 67 31.3 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Deron Williams

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Deron Williams NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 4 33.3 15.0 1.5 10.0 0.5 0.0 2.0 40.0 100.0 2.0 0.0 1.5 5.5 36.4 5.0 12.5 3.0 3.0
Last 14 Days 7 29.9 13.1 2.7 8.1 0.3 0.0 1.4 38.4 100.0 2.4 0.1 2.6 5.1 27.8 4.7 12.3 2.3 2.3
Last 30 Days 9 26.0 10.7 2.3 6.9 0.2 0.0 1.1 36.8 100.0 2.0 0.1 2.2 4.3 25.6 3.9 10.6 1.8 1.8
Last 5 Games 5 32.6 14.8 1.8 9.6 0.4 0.0 1.8 40.6 100.0 2.0 0.0 1.8 5.8 31.0 5.2 12.8 2.6 2.6
Last 10 Games 10 27.1 10.8 2.6 6.8 0.3 0.0 1.1 34.9 95.5 2.0 0.1 2.5 4.6 23.9 3.8 10.9 2.1 2.2

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Deron Williams
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 9 IND 33 16 1 6 1 0 1 5 13 3 3 3 6 0 1 4
Dec 7 SAC 32 20 2 6 0 0 4 6 8 5 5 3 5 0 2 2
Dec 5 CHA 37 15 1 13 0 0 2 6 18 1 1 2 8 0 1 2
Dec 3 CHI 31 9 2 15 1 0 1 3 11 3 3 0 3 0 2 2
Dec 1 @CHA 30 14 3 8 0 0 2 6 14 1 1 1 7 0 3 2
Nov 30 SAS 26 9 8 5 0 0 2 4 12 0 0 1 3 1 7 4
Nov 27 NOP 20 9 2 4 0 0 5 3 10 3 3 0 4 0 2 4
Nov 25 @CLE 15 4 2 5 0 0 1 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 2 2
Nov 23 LAC Did Not Play
Nov 21 @SAS Did Not Play
Nov 19 @ORL Did Not Play
Nov 18 MEM Did Not Play
Nov 16 @BOS 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Nov 14 @NYK Did Not Play
Nov 9 @GSW Did Not Play
Nov 8 @LAL Did Not Play
Nov 6 MIL Did Not Play
Nov 4 POR 37 12 5 6 1 0 2 3 14 5 6 1 7 0 5 1
Nov 2 @UTA 34 12 2 9 0 0 1 5 11 0 0 2 5 0 2 3
Oct 30 @HOU 31 12 1 3 1 1 2 4 11 1 2 3 5 0 1 1
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Oct 28 HOU 34 14 0 4 1 0 3 5 11 3 4 1 4 0 0 3
Oct 26 @IND 40 25 3 7 0 1 6 10 18 0 0 5 8 1 2 4
Deron Williams Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Date Opponent PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
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Deron Williams – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Point Guard

1.  Deron Williams

XJ.J. Barea

2.  Jonathan Gibson

3.  Devin Harris

4.  Seth Curry

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True Shooting Percentage

49.6%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Deron Williams has a true shooting percentage of 49.6%.

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Deron Williams NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2005-06 20 80 36.0 13.5 3.0 5.6 0.9 0.3 1.4 42.1 70.4 2.3 0.5 2.5 3.4 41.6 5.3 12.6 1.5 2.1
2006-07 21 80 36.0 15.8 3.3 9.1 1.0 0.2 1.0 45.6 76.7 3.0 0.5 2.8 3.1 32.2 6.0 13.2 2.8 3.6
2007-08 22 82 36.0 18.2 2.9 10.1 1.1 0.3 1.0 50.7 80.3 3.3 0.4 2.5 2.5 39.5 6.7 13.1 3.9 4.8
2008-09 23 68 36.0 19.0 2.8 10.4 1.0 0.3 1.0 47.1 84.9 3.3 0.3 2.5 3.2 31.0 6.7 14.1 4.7 5.5
2009-10 24 76 36.0 18.2 3.9 10.2 1.2 0.2 1.2 46.9 80.1 3.2 0.6 3.2 3.3 37.1 6.3 13.5 4.3 5.4
2010-11 25 NJ 12 36.0 14.2 4.3 12.1 1.2 0.2 1.3 34.9 79.3 3.4 0.6 3.7 4.7 27.1 4.7 13.3 3.6 4.6
2010-11 25 UTA 53 36.0 20.2 3.7 9.2 1.1 0.2 1.6 45.8 85.3 3.4 0.6 3.1 4.6 34.5 6.6 14.4 5.4 6.3
2010-11 25 NJ/UTA 65 36.0 19.1 3.8 9.7 1.2 0.2 1.5 43.9 84.5 3.4 0.6 3.2 4.6 33.1 6.3 14.2 5.1 6.0
2011-12 26 NJ 55 36.0 20.8 3.3 8.7 1.2 0.4 2.1 40.7 84.3 3.9 0.4 2.9 6.2 33.6 7.0 17.3 4.6 5.5
2012-13 27 BKN 78 36.0 18.7 2.9 7.7 1.0 0.4 2.1 44.0 85.9 2.8 0.4 2.6 5.7 37.8 6.3 14.2 4.0 4.7
2013-14 28 BKN 64 36.0 16.0 2.9 6.9 1.6 0.2 1.7 45.0 80.1 2.5 0.3 2.7 4.7 36.6 5.6 12.5 3.0 3.8
2014-15 29 BKN 68 36.0 15.1 4.0 7.6 1.1 0.3 1.5 38.7 83.4 2.6 0.5 3.5 4.0 36.7 5.1 13.1 3.4 4.1
2015-16 30 DAL 65 36.0 15.7 3.2 6.5 1.0 0.2 1.7 41.4 86.9 2.6 0.3 2.9 4.8 34.4 5.5 13.2 3.1 3.5
2016-17 31 DAL 14 36.0 15.0 2.8 8.0 0.4 0.2 1.9 38.8 89.3 2.8 0.2 2.6 6.0 32.4 5.4 14.0 2.2 2.5
Rest Of Season Projections 32 DAL 59 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Deron Williams
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Deron Williams NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2005-06 20 80 2307 864 194 359 60 17 91 42.1 70.4 145 35 159 219 41.6 339 805 95 135
2006-07 21 80 2950 1297 267 745 78 13 82 45.6 76.7 246 41 226 255 32.2 494 1083 227 296
2007-08 22 82 3059 1545 243 862 90 23 83 50.7 80.3 279 34 209 210 39.5 566 1117 330 411
2008-09 23 68 2505 1322 195 725 73 20 70 47.1 84.9 228 24 171 226 31.0 463 984 326 384
2009-10 24 76 2804 1419 303 798 96 16 96 46.9 80.1 252 50 253 259 37.1 494 1053 335 418
2010-11 25 NJ 12 456 180 55 153 15 3 16 34.9 79.3 43 8 47 59 27.1 59 169 46 58
2010-11 25 UTA 53 2009 1129 205 514 64 12 89 45.8 85.3 187 32 173 258 34.5 369 806 302 354
2010-11 25 NJ/UTA 65 2465 1309 260 667 79 15 105 43.9 84.5 230 40 220 317 33.1 428 975 348 412
2011-12 26 NJ 55 1999 1154 183 481 67 20 115 40.7 84.3 219 23 160 342 33.6 391 961 257 305
2012-13 27 BKN 78 2842 1476 232 604 75 30 169 44.0 85.9 218 29 203 447 37.8 495 1124 317 369
2013-14 28 BKN 64 2059 915 168 392 93 13 98 45.0 80.1 143 15 153 268 36.6 322 716 173 216
2014-15 29 BKN 68 2114 884 237 448 64 17 87 38.7 83.4 154 29 208 237 36.7 298 771 201 241
2015-16 30 DAL 65 2106 918 190 378 61 14 97 41.4 86.9 150 19 171 282 34.4 321 775 179 206
2016-17 31 DAL 14 410 171 32 91 5 2 22 38.8 89.3 32 2 30 68 32.4 62 160 25 28
Rest Of Season Projections 32 DAL 59 1743 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Deron Williams
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Deron Williams NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2005-06 20 80 28.8 50.0 47.8 26.2 10.6 2.5 10.5
2006-07 21 80 36.9 53.5 49.4 33.8 11.2 3.0 18.7
2007-08 22 82 37.3 59.5 54.4 35.3 11.4 3.1 22.6
2008-09 23 68 36.8 57.3 50.6 34.4 10.8 3.2 22.5
2009-10 24 76 36.9 57.4 51.5 34.9 11.0 3.2 22.9
2010-11 25 NJ 12 38.0 46.3 39.6 39.2 11.0 3.6 20.1
2010-11 25 UTA 53 37.9 58.7 51.3 30.9 11.2 2.7 23.5
2010-11 25 NJ/UTA 65 37.9 56.6 49.3 32.5 11.2 2.9 22.9
2011-12 26 NJ 55 36.3 52.7 46.7 26.8 12.2 2.2 19.4
2012-13 27 BKN 78 36.4 57.4 51.6 28.6 10.3 2.8 19.5
2013-14 28 BKN 64 32.2 56.4 51.8 29.1 10.6 2.7 15.6
2014-15 29 BKN 68 31.1 50.4 44.3 30.3 10.4 2.9 14.5
2015-16 30 DAL 65 32.4 53.0 47.7 27.1 10.8 2.5 14.3
2016-17 31 DAL 14 29.3 49.6 45.6 30.8 10.8 2.8 12.0
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2016-17 Projections 32 DAL 67 31.3 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Deron Williams

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Deron Williams: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Williams delivered nine points (3-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 15 assists, two rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes in Saturday's 107-82 win over the Bulls.

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Williams (calf) will start at point guard for Thursday's matchup with the Hornets, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Williams (calf) is listed as probable to play in Thursday's game against the Hornets, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Williams (calf) is listed as probable to play Tuesday against the Spurs, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Williams (calf) amassed nine points (3-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists and two rebounds across 20 minutes in Sunday's 91-81 win over the Pelicans.

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Williams (calf) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Pelicans, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

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Williams (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Williams (calf) will start at point guard in Friday's matchup against the Cavaliers, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Williams (calf) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Cavaliers, though it appears he's likely to be available, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.

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WIlliams (calf) won't play Wednesday against the Clippers, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.

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Williams (calf) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Williams (calf) went through full-court drills at Tuesday's practice, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016-17

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2015-16

Once considered a top point guard in the league, Williams' 2014-15 campaign was his worst season since his rookie year. In 31 minutes per game, the former All-Star averaged 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds while shooting a career-low 39 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range. He negotiated a buyout with Brooklyn in the offseason and returned to his hometown Mavericks, looking to ressurect a once promising career. The situation in Dallas sets up nicely for Williams as he will have plenty of offensive weapons at his disposal, and coach Rick Carlisle's motion offense can be very fanasty friendly. Despite a rib injury that limited him to 68 games played, he does appear to have turned a corner health wise, as his previously problematic ankles were a non-issue last season. If he continues this trend, Williams could be in line to bounce back statistically and reestablish himself as an elite level point guard.

2014-15

For the second straight season, Williams' ailing ankles received more publicity than his on-court performance. He was limited to just 64 games and had easily his least productive season since his rookie year in 2005-06. In 32 minutes per game, Williams averaged 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range. While many teams would be thrilled with that kind of production at the point guard spot, it's easy to remember just how much better Williams has been in the past. Only three seasons ago, he averaged 21.0 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.3 rebounds and made a legitimate case for the title of "best point guard in the league." Still only 30 years old, Williams remains an elite talent, but his health will ultimately decide how productive he can be. Offseason surgery in May to remove bone spurs from both ankles should help, but he's a difficult player to trust given his recent injury history. Regardless, Williams is expected to be at full strength for the start of training camp and will open the season as Brooklyn's starting point guard. Assuming he's able to stay healthy, he should see near his career average of 36 minutes per game.

2013-14

Hampered by leg injuries and an isolation-heavy offense he clearly hated, Williams got off to a very slow start last season. But he played through the pain – appearing in 78 games – and rebounded in the second half to post numbers in line with his career averages (18.9 points, 7.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 44 percent FG). This year, he'll be expected to carry a much deeper team to the top of the Eastern Conference – and possibly beyond. With the additions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko to a solid core of Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, the Nets basically have two potential starters at every position except point guard, which will give D-Will no end of targets for his passes. And with another elite point guard – rookie head coach Jason Kidd – calling the shots, the Nets should be expected to run an offense that will feature much more ball movement than what they ran last season. Of course, with so many options on offense, Williams may not be asked to score quite as much. But any decrease in scoring could easily be offset by a boost in assists.

2012-13

Deron Williams went through much of last season as the Nets' only real offensive threat, and had a major free-agent decision hanging over his head. Despite all the distractions, he turned in his usual excellent season, averaging over 21 points and just under nine assists, while shooting very good percentages from the floor and line. This season, his supporting cast got a major upgrade. Joe Johnson joined the team via trade and Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez, and Kris Humphries re-signed with the team. Lopez (foot) should be healthy after limping through the five games he was able to play in last season. That might mean a slight dip in scoring for Williams, but don't be surprised if his assist totals make up the difference.

2011-12

In the last year alone, Deron Williams has (allegedly) contributed to the ouster of American pro sports' longest-tenured head coach, been the centerpiece of a surprise trade, fought through a series of nagging injuries, and become the biggest NBA star to sign a contract overseas. What can the guy do for an encore? Williams' new team has never seen what its prize acquisition can do when 100 percent healthy; Williams was plagued by hand and wrist problems for his entire tenure in New Jersey. April surgery corrected the problem, and Williams should be at full strength when the season begins. In the interim, he plans to suit up for Besiktas of the Turkish league -- the same team that signed Allen Iverson to a deal last season. D-Will should thrive in Newark and rack up very healthy assist totals setting up Brook Lopez for short jumpers. The biggest question at this point is whether or not his pending free agency will impact his play. Will he explode for career-best numbers as part of his contract drive, or will the pressure hurt his performance -- and by extension, his stats?

2010-11

Williams has never equaled draft-mate Chris Paul's fantasy numbers… but the comparison is a lot closer than many think. Last season, Williams averaged 18.7 points and 10.5 dimes and set new career-best marks with 4.0 boards and 1.3 steals per game – despite playing through a laundry list of injuries. After passing on an invite to play in the World Championships and taking the summer to get healthy, it should be safe to pencil Williams in for similar numbers this season. One caveat, which could prove to be important – after several seasons as one of the league's most stable franchises, the Utah roster has already seen major changes. Carlos Boozer – Williams' pick-and-roll partner – is gone, as are Wes Matthews, and Kyle Korver. And Andrei Kirilenko – he of the $17 million expiring contract – could be gone soon. In their places are big Al Jefferson, rookie Gordon Hayward and defensive specialist Raja Bell. The amount of time the new arrivals need to absorb Jerry Sloan's intricate offense could have an impact on Williams' numbers this season.

2009-10

Chris Paul is the top point guard in fantasy, no question. But the drop-off between Paul and Deron Williams isn’t as large as you might think. Last season, Williams came within six tenths of a point on his scoring average from posting a 20-and-10 season in points and assists. Williams doesn’t compare as well in boards or steals, averaging 2.9 and 1.1 to Paul’s 5.5 and 2.8, respectively. Williams’ shooting percentage dropped a bit last season, from .507 to a still-healthy .471 from the floor, but that might be attributed to his struggles to regain form after missing time with an October ankle injury. Between the ankle and some other minor bumps and bruises he played in 68 total games in 2008-09. None of last season’s injuries should have any effect on his play in the coming year. Williams’ value also gets a boost from the Jazz’ decision to hold on to Carlos Boozer – at least, for the time being. Boozer is an ideal pick-and-roll partner to Williams, and should be on the receiving end of quite a few assists, at least until the trade deadline.

2008-09

Williams has become one of the premier point guards in the league over the last two seasons, and that earned him a four-year deal in the offseason. Like Chris Paul, he has a great sense of the court and gets the ball to his teammates in ideal spots. Williams has averaged 9.9 assists per game the last two seasons. The Jazz were second in field-goal percentage and fifth in scoring last year despite taking just 80 shots per game. Needless to say, Williams runs coach Jerry Sloan’s half-court offense well. The Jazz give Williams weapons all over the court, starting with Carlos Boozer working in the post and Mehmet Okur who scores out to 3-point distance. Along with Okur, Kyle Korver provides a perimeter spacing threat, allowing Williams to penetrate. Williams uses his strength to post up, handles contact well, gets to the free-throw line (5.0 FTA/game last year) and knocks down 3-pointers (37.4%) – he’s the complete package offensively. Williams has also been very durable, missing just four games in three NBA seasons.

2007-08

We noticed Williams’ impressive finish to his rookie season. We waited with anticipation to see what he might do for the Jazz in his sophomore season. We were blown away. While playing just eight more minutes per game than in his rookie season, Williams more than doubled his assists per game and increased his scoring by 5.5 points. He’s a good shooter and passer and more importantly, he’s a leader. Williams is good in the pick-and-roll, a Utah staple under coach Jerry Sloan, and works it to perfection with Carlos Boozer. Boozer and Mehmet Okur give Williams offensive threats that know how to finish. The downside, if you can call it that, is Williams doesn’t get to the line as much as other points do, though he’s big enough to absorb contact and get his shot off. He did improve his free-throw shooting last season, but is still below par relative to others at his position.

2006-07

It took most of last season for Deron Williams to convince Jerry Sloan that he deserved to run the Utah Jazz. (I can’t imagine why Sloan would have such high standards for his point guards. Oh, wait… he’s probably spoiled from about 34 years of John Stockton.) Williams averaged just 19 minutes per game in January, but by April his all-around solid play moved the needle to over 35 minutes, and earned him a spot on the All-Rookie Team. As the incumbent starter heading into this season, look for across-the-board improvement from Williams this year.

2005-06

Rookie point guards are hard to recommend, but Williams is falling into an excellent situation in Utah. He’s playing for an excellent coach in a point guard-friendly system. He’s away from high-pressure media markets. He has, in Andrei Kirilenko, a superstar teammate who will draw defensive attention. Oh, and Utah hasn’t had a competent point guard since that Stockton guy retired. Williams averaged around 12 points and seven assists for Illinois NCAA runner-up squad last season; those totals don’t seem like an unreasonable expectation in his rookie year.

2004-05

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