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Deron Williams

29-Year-Old    PG    Brooklyn Nets

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

14.3

REB

2.6

AST

6.1

STL

1.5

BLK

0.2

2013-14 NBA Projections

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2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 point...

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HT: 6' 3"   WT: 210 lbs   DOB: 7/26/1984  College: Illinois   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #3 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a five-year, $98.75 million deal to remain with the Brooklyn Nets in July 2012.

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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
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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 2 37.0 19.5 1.0 4.0 0.5 0.0 2.0 37.1 100.0 2.0 0.5 0.5 6.0 33.3 6.5 17.5 4.5 4.5
Last 14 Days 4 34.8 16.3 1.3 3.5 1.5 0.0 2.3 40.7 92.3 2.3 0.5 0.8 5.8 39.1 5.5 13.5 3.0 3.3
Last 30 Days 13 33.0 14.1 2.4 5.2 1.7 0.1 1.8 39.9 78.9 2.0 0.4 2.0 5.3 33.3 5.0 12.5 2.3 2.9
Last 5 Games 5 34.4 15.2 1.6 3.8 1.8 0.0 2.0 36.8 84.2 2.4 0.6 1.0 5.8 34.5 5.0 13.6 3.2 3.8
Last 10 Games 10 32.9 13.5 2.2 5.0 1.7 0.1 1.5 39.0 80.0 2.1 0.5 1.7 5.0 30.0 4.8 12.3 2.4 3.0
Last 20 Games 20 33.9 15.0 3.0 5.4 1.7 0.1 1.9 42.4 83.8 2.1 0.5 2.5 5.2 35.6 5.2 12.2 2.9 3.4

 

Deron Williams Upcoming Games with Projected Stats – Next 14 Days
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Deron Williams – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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2.  Shaun Livingston

3.  Marquis Teague

4.  Jorge Gutierrez

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True Shooting Percentage

56.4%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Deron Williams had a true shooting percentage of 56.4%.

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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
Rest Of Season Projections 29 BKN 5 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2013-14 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
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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
Rest Of Season Projections 29 BKN 5 46.3 Subscribe now to see our 2013-14 rest of season projections for Deron Williams
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Deron Williams 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 22 at TOR 35 15 1 5 0 0 3 5 15 3 3 2 6 1 0 2
Apr 19 at TOR 39 24 1 3 1 0 1 8 20 6 6 2 6 0 1 2
Apr 16 at CLE                                
Apr 15 NYK 30 10 2 1 1 0 3 4 9 1 1 1 4 1 1 1
Apr 13 ORL 35 16 1 5 4 0 2 5 10 2 3 4 7 0 1 1
Apr 11 ATL                                
Apr 9 at ORL 33 11 3 5 3 0 3 3 14 4 6 1 6 1 2 4
Apr 8 at MIA 34 8 6 6 2 1 3 3 9 1 4 1 4 1 5 2
Apr 5 at PHI 33 19 4 9 1 0 2 6 11 6 6 1 4 1 3 2
Apr 4 DET 27 8 0 10 2 0 1 3 10 1 1 1 4 0 0 2
Apr 2 at NYK 28 12 1 0 1 0 2 5 11 0 0 2 4 0 1 1
Apr 1 HOU 35 12 3 6 2 0 1 6 14 0 0 0 5 0 3 4
Mar 30 MIN 32 6 3 5 2 0 2 1 9 3 4 1 3 0 3 4
Mar 28 CLE 26 13 2 5 2 0 1 5 10 1 2 2 5 0 2 2
Mar 26 at CHA 42 29 4 7 1 0 2 11 21 2 2 5 11 0 4 4
Mar 24 at NOP 41 23 8 5 1 1 2 8 17 4 4 3 9 2 6 1
Mar 23 at DAL 42 15 4 3 2 0 2 3 9 8 8 1 5 1 3 0
Mar 21 BOS 25 6 1 6 1 0 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 0 1 2
Mar 19 CHA 37 25 3 8 1 0 1 8 15 6 6 3 5 1 2 3
Mar 17 PHO 33 28 3 4 3 0 3 11 13 3 5 3 5 0 3 4
Mar 15 at WAS 35 14 7 7 2 0 2 4 14 4 4 2 7 0 7 4
Mar 12 at MIA 35 6 3 8 2 0 3 2 8 1 1 1 3 1 2 1
Mar 10 TOR 36 18 2 5 1 0 1 6 13 2 4 4 7 0 2 5
Mar 9 SAC 32 10 4 7 1 0 0 4 8 1 2 1 2 0 4 4
Mar 7 at BOS 36 20 0 4 1 1 4 7 15 4 4 2 8 0 0 4
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Mar 5 MEM 33 16 3 7 4 0 1 7 13 0 0 2 5 0 3 4
Mar 3 CHI 36 20 1 6 2 1 0 6 11 7 8 1 4 0 1 2
Mar 1 at MIL 37 15 1 4 1 0 3 6 16 0 0 3 6 0 1 3
Feb 27 at DEN 26 9 1 5 2 0 1 3 7 2 2 1 3 0 1 0
Feb 26 at POR 24 12 0 3 3 1 0 4 10 4 5 0 2 0 0 2
Feb 23 at LAL 39 30 5 7 6 0 3 9 16 11 13 1 5 1 4 1
Feb 22 at GSW 39 20 1 6 1 0 2 8 16 4 4 0 2 0 1 2
Feb 19 at UTA 36 19 4 7 1 0 1 6 15 5 6 2 7 0 4 1
Feb 13 at CHI 42 13 4 4 1 1 6 4 14 5 5 0 4 0 4 3
Feb 12 CHA 28 13 3 7 0 0 0 4 11 4 5 1 5 0 3 2
Feb 9 NOP 25 9 4 6 2 0 3 3 6 2 2 1 2 0 4 2
Feb 7 at DET 25 10 1 0 2 0 3 4 10 0 0 2 4 0 1 2
Feb 6 SAS 30 16 4 8 1 0 2 7 14 1 2 1 3 1 3 2
Feb 3 PHI 41 21 3 6 1 0 0 8 19 2 2 3 7 0 3 3
Feb 1 at IND 39 13 2 6 2 1 1 3 12 5 5 2 6 0 2 4
Jan 31 OKC 31 14 0 1 2 0 4 5 8 1 2 3 4 0 0 1
Jan 27 TOR 29 9 4 11 1 0 3 4 11 0 2 1 2 1 3 4
Jan 26 at BOS 34 7 7 7 2 0 2 3 8 1 2 0 2 1 6 3
Jan 24 DAL 35 18 3 11 0 0 1 5 8 8 10 0 0 0 3 5
Jan 21 ORL 28 9 1 9 2 0 1 4 10 0 0 1 4 0 1 2
Jan 20 at NYK 27 13 3 3 1 0 3 4 10 3 5 2 8 1 2 3
Jan 16 at ATL                                
Jan 11 at TOR                                
Jan 10 MIA                                
Jan 8 GSW                                
Jan 6 ATL                                
Jan 4 CLE 38 21 2 6 0 0 1 7 10 6 7 1 3 0 2 2
Jan 2 at OKC 41 29 2 4 5 0 4 10 17 3 3 6 9 0 2 2
Dec 31 at SAS 26 9 4 6 0 0 2 4 11 1 1 0 2 1 3 1
Dec 28 at IND 33 14 1 6 2 2 3 6 11 1 2 1 3 0 1 1
Dec 27 MIL 29 9 2 4 2 1 0 4 9 0 0 1 3 0 2 4
Dec 25 CHI 31 18 0 4 1 0 3 6 10 4 4 2 3 0 0 1
Dec 23 IND 32 9 2 8 1 0 4 3 9 2 2 1 2 0 2 3
Dec 20 at PHI 42 17 3 14 0 0 6 5 12 7 11 0 4 0 3 2
Dec 18 WAS 42 15 3 13 3 1 3 5 13 3 3 2 4 0 3 4
Dec 16 PHI 30 13 4 13 1 0 3 5 8 0 1 3 5 0 4 1
Dec 13 at DET 41 22 2 9 0 0 4 7 13 6 7 2 4 0 2 1
Dec 12 LAC 27 15 5 4 0 0 2 4 9 5 5 2 3 0 5 2
Dec 10 BOS 37 25 3 7 0 0 2 10 16 4 7 1 5 0 3 1
Dec 7 at MIL                                
Dec 5 NYK                                
Dec 3 DEN                                
Nov 30 at MEM                                
Nov 29 at HOU                                
Nov 27 LAL                                
Nov 26 at TOR                                
Nov 24 DET                                
Nov 22 at MIN                                
Nov 20 at CHA 13 4 1 2 0 0 2 1 5 2 2 0 0 0 1 1
Nov 18 POR                                
Nov 16 at LAC                                
Nov 15 at PHO 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nov 13 at SAC 35 13 2 7 1 1 4 5 13 1 2 2 5 0 2 2
Nov 9 IND 33 17 0 10 1 0 2 7 14 2 2 1 3 0 0 2
Nov 8 at WAS 31 14 3 3 0 0 6 5 14 2 3 2 6 0 3 4
Nov 5 UTA 24 10 1 8 2 0 2 4 6 1 1 1 1 0 1 2
Nov 3 at ORL 27 9 1 7 1 0 3 4 12 0 0 1 3 0 1 2
Nov 1 MIA 27 8 4 8 0 0 1 3 7 1 2 1 4 0 4 1
Oct 30 at CLE 22 7 3 9 0 1 4 2 6 2 2 1 2 0 3 3

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player did not play in the game.

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

Williams (knee) will suit up Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.

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Williams (knee) is a game-time decision to play Tuesday, the New York Post reports.

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Williams (knee) had 16 points, one rebound, five assists, four steals and four three-pointers in 35 minutes Sunday.

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Williams (knee) said that he'll play in Sunday's game against the Magic, ESPN New York reports.

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Williams (knee) will not play Friday against the Hawks, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Williams struggled mightily during Sunday's game finishing with just six points (1-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

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Williams (illness) played a team-high 42 minutes Wednesday and tallied 29 points (11-21 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, and four rebounds against the Bobcats.

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Williams (illness) is active for Wednesday's game in Charlotte, the New York Daily News reports.

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Williams (illness) will be a game-time call Wednesday at Charlotte, the Bergen Record reports.

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Williams scored 23 points (8-17 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with eight rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes Monday.

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Williams scored 28 points (11-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT) to go along with three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 33 minutes Monday against the Suns.

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Williams scored 20 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT) to go along with six assists, one rebound, two steals and one block in 36 minutes Monday against the Bulls.

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2013-14

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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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