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30-Year-Old    PG    Brooklyn Nets

2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

13.3

REB

3.1

AST

6.2

STL

1.0

BLK

0.3

2014-15 NBA ROS Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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, ...

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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
2014-15 29 BKN 45 31.2 13.3 3.1 6.2 1.0 0.3 1.3 39.0 82.5 2.3 0.4 2.8 3.5 36.3 4.5 11.5 3.1 3.8
Rest Of Season Projections 30 BKN 20 31.5 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Deron Williams
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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 4 32.5 18.0 4.0 3.8 1.3 0.0 2.3 44.6 86.7 2.0 0.0 4.0 5.0 45.0 6.3 14.0 3.3 3.8
Last 14 Days 7 33.9 15.7 3.7 6.9 1.1 0.1 1.3 41.4 82.6 2.4 0.0 3.7 3.9 33.3 5.9 14.1 2.7 3.3
Last 30 Days 12 31.4 11.6 3.3 6.3 1.0 0.3 0.8 35.9 69.2 2.1 0.1 3.3 3.3 25.6 4.3 11.8 2.3 3.3
Last 5 Games 5 32.8 16.4 3.4 4.2 1.0 0.0 1.8 41.4 78.9 2.2 0.0 3.4 4.6 39.1 5.8 14.0 3.0 3.8
Last 10 Games 10 31.8 12.3 3.3 6.3 1.2 0.2 1.0 37.2 74.2 2.3 0.0 3.3 3.5 28.6 4.5 12.1 2.3 3.1
Last 20 Games 20 27.2 10.5 3.2 5.4 0.8 0.2 0.9 36.9 73.0 1.9 0.2 3.0 2.8 32.7 3.7 9.9 2.3 3.2

 

Deron Williams Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Deron Williams – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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2.  Jarrett Jack

3.  Darius Morris

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True Shooting Percentage

50.7%

True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, Deron Williams has a true shooting percentage of 50.7%.

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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 45 36.0 15.4 3.6 7.1 1.1 0.3 1.5 39.0 82.5 2.6 0.4 3.2 4.0 36.3 5.2 13.2 3.6 4.4
Rest Of Season Projections 30 BKN 20 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Deron Williams
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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 45 1405 600 140 278 44 12 57 39.0 82.5 102 16 124 157 36.3 201 516 141 171
Rest Of Season Projections 30 BKN 20 629 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 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 45 31.2 50.7 44.5 28.6 10.5 2.7 13.9
Rest Of Season Projections 30 BKN 20 31.5 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Deron Williams
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Deron Williams 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Mar 4 CHA 27 12 1 6 0 0 2 3 9 5 6 1 4 0 1 4
Mar 2 GSW 34 22 4 4 1 0 4 8 19 2 2 4 7 0 4 1
Feb 28 at DAL 35 23 6 2 1 0 1 8 13 3 4 4 6 0 6 2
Feb 27 at HOU 34 15 5 3 3 0 1 6 15 3 3 0 3 0 5 2
Feb 25 at NOP 34 10 1 6 0 0 3 4 14 2 4 0 3 0 1 4
Feb 23 at DEN 33 16 5 12 1 0 1 6 15 4 4 0 2 0 5 2
Feb 20 at LAL 40 12 4 15 2 1 5 6 14 0 0 0 2 0 4 1
Feb 10 at MEM 29 10 1 4 1 0 2 4 9 1 2 1 3 0 1 5
Feb 9 at MIL 23 0 2 4 0 1 4 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 2 1
Feb 7 at WAS 29 3 4 7 3 0 0 0 8 3 6 0 2 0 4 1
Feb 6 NYK 26 5 4 6 0 1 2 2 9 1 4 0 2 1 3 2
Feb 4 at TOR 33 11 3 6 0 0 0 4 12 3 4 0 2 0 3 1
Feb 2 LAC 29 15 3 3 0 0 4 5 8 2 2 3 5 0 3 4
Jan 30 TOR                                
Jan 28 at ATL                                
Jan 26 POR                                
Jan 24 at UTA                                
Jan 22 at LAC                                
Jan 21 at SAC                                
Jan 17 WAS                                
Jan 16 at WAS                                
Jan 14 MEM                                
Jan 12 HOU                                
Jan 10 at DET                                
Jan 9 PHI                                
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Jan 7 BOS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jan 5 DAL                                
Jan 4 at MIA 26 13 6 8 1 0 0 5 10 2 2 1 2 0 6 2
Jan 2 at ORL 29 16 2 7 0 0 1 5 10 3 4 3 3 0 2 1
Dec 30 at CHI 21 6 6 4 3 1 3 1 8 4 5 0 1 2 4 3
Dec 29 SAC 17 6 0 3 0 0 0 2 6 2 2 0 2 0 0 0
Dec 27 IND 20 7 1 3 0 0 3 2 7 2 3 1 1 0 1 3
Dec 26 at BOS 21 8 4 4 0 0 1 2 6 4 6 0 2 1 3 1
Dec 23 DEN                                
Dec 21 DET                                
Dec 19 at CLE 10 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
Dec 17 at TOR 33 11 3 7 0 0 5 5 15 0 1 1 5 3 0 3
Dec 16 MIA 39 15 1 11 2 0 2 4 12 6 7 1 5 0 1 1
Dec 13 at CHA 26 18 2 10 0 0 2 4 11 7 7 3 4 0 2 2
Dec 12 PHI 29 3 4 10 3 0 2 0 8 3 4 0 5 1 3 1
Dec 10 at CHI 32 17 2 5 2 0 2 5 15 6 7 1 1 0 2 3
Dec 8 CLE 35 13 2 11 0 0 3 3 14 6 6 1 4 0 2 1
Dec 5 ATL 23 8 1 2 0 1 1 3 8 0 0 2 3 0 1 4
Dec 3 SAS 39 17 3 9 0 0 2 6 15 3 4 2 5 0 3 2
Dec 2 at NYK 35 19 5 5 0 0 0 6 12 2 3 5 8 0 5 1
Nov 30 CHI 34 10 1 3 1 0 2 3 12 4 4 0 1 0 1 0
Nov 26 at PHI 37 17 8 10 2 1 4 4 10 7 7 2 5 1 7 4
Nov 22 at SAS 37 24 5 7 2 2 3 10 21 2 2 2 4 1 4 3
Nov 21 at OKC 31 17 5 4 1 0 4 4 11 7 7 2 3 3 2 2
Nov 19 MIL 52 18 5 7 2 0 4 7 14 1 2 3 7 1 4 4
Nov 17 MIA 35 14 5 7 4 1 3 4 13 4 5 2 8 1 4 4
Nov 15 at POR 37 19 2 6 0 0 2 6 15 6 6 1 4 0 2 2
Nov 13 at GSW 33 18 4 5 2 0 3 7 14 2 2 2 3 0 4 3
Nov 12 at PHO 34 14 4 5 1 0 5 5 10 2 2 2 5 0 4 4
Nov 9 ORL 41 18 4 7 2 0 2 7 12 4 4 0 1 0 4 3
Nov 7 NYK 33 29 1 6 1 0 3 10 15 7 10 2 3 0 1 2
Nov 5 MIN 39 19 2 6 0 1 4 8 16 0 1 3 6 0 2 3
Nov 3 OKC 37 17 3 9 1 0 2 4 8 8 8 1 4 0 3 1
Nov 1 at DET 41 15 2 6 0 1 0 7 19 0 0 1 5 1 1 4
Oct 29 at BOS 39 19 3 8 2 1 4 6 16 7 7 0 3 0 3 1

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

Williams scored 22 points (8-19 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 34 minutes Monday against the Warriors.

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Williams scored 25 points (9-14 FG, 4-6 3pt, 3-4 FT) with six rebounds and two assists in the win over the Mavericks on Saturday.

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Williams scored 16 points (6-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with 12 assists, five rebounds and a steal in 33 minutes during Monday's win over the Nuggets.

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Williams reentered the starting lineup Friday. He scored 12 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and added four rebounds, 15 assists, two steals, and one block in 40 minutes against the Lakers.

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Williams is expected to start at point guard in Friday's game against the Lakers.

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Williams (illness) played 23 minutes Monday in the loss to the Bucks, but failed to score (0-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt). He had four assists.

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Williams (illness) will play Monday against the Bucks, Rod Boone of Newsday reports.

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Williams is dealing with an illness and was not at Monday's morning shootaround, Newday's Rod Boone reports.

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Williams scored 11 points (4-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with six assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench Wednesday.

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Williams (ribs) scored 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with three rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes Monday against the Clippers.

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Williams (ribs) will play Monday against the Clippers, Newsday's Rod Boone reports.

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Williams (ribs) practiced in full Sunday and is considered questionable to play against the Clippers on Monday, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports.

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2014-15

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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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