In the early years of his career in Utah, Deron Williams was compared to the legendary John Stockton because of his talent and level. But although he rose to NBA All-Star status three times and won gold twice with the United States national team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, Williams did not quite reach the level of success his talents deserve.
On June 26, 1984, Byron Williams and Denise Smith welcomed their son Deron Michael Williams to Parkersburg, West Virginia. Since Williams came from a middle/low-income home, he saw sports as a way out. While attending Arbor Creek Middle School, he participated intensively in wrestling and basketball. After winning a few championships in the former, Williams decided to concentrate on the latter sport, in which he also excelled.
Because of his brilliant talent, Deron Williams was recruited by Colony High School in The Colony, Texas, which had a prestigious sports program. The boy took a leadership role in his junior year, averaging 17 points, 9.4 assists, and 2 steals per game to lead his team to a 32-2 record. As a senior player, Williams averaged 17.6 points, 8.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game to lead his team to a 29-2 record.
After graduating high school, he enrolled at the University of Illinois where he averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 32 games in his first year of study. In his second year, he showed remarkable improvements in his game as his average rose to 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists. In his junior year, Williams averaged 12.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.8 assists in the regular season and was named Consensus Second Team All American and First Team All-Big Ten among other awards. He also led his team to the 2005 NCAA championship game in which his school was beaten by the University of North Carolina.
At the end of the same year, Deron Williams announced that he was giving up his last year of college to participate in the 2005 NBA Draft, where he was selected by Utah Jazz with the third overall selection. He was appointed to the NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 10.8 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Williams played a total of six seasons for Jazz and was selected twice for the second All-NBA team in 2008 and 2010 before moving to the New Jersey Nets in February 2011. In the same year, due to the 2011 NBA lockout, Williams moved to the Turkish Basketball League team Besiktas, for whom he played until the end of the lockout. When he left, he had his number 8 jersey in particular withdrawn from the team.
Deron Williams’ time with the Nets ended in July 2015, after the team had bought out its last two seasons. In July of the same year, he moved to the Dallas Mavericks, where he played until February 2017, when he was removed from his contract. His next stop was the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he played for the rest of the 2017 season and the playoffs. Since that time he has remained a free player.
Deron Williams Family – Wife, Kids
Deron Williams is married to his childhood sweetheart Amy Young. The couple is said to have known each other since the second grade, and when they were in high school, the two of them, who both played basketball for the men’s and women’s teams in their high school, began dating exclusively.
In 2006, Deron and Amy exchanged vows and became a family with their daughter Denae, who welcomed them in 2003. Shortly after their wedding, they welcomed another daughter, Daija, before deciding to adopt a son for fear that they would have a girl if they tried for the third time. Also because Amy herself had been adopted by her parents, she always wanted to do the same for another child. The Williams’ adopted Deron Jr. “DJ” before being blessed with their own biological son Desmond in 2011.
Deron Williams has a very close relationship with his mother Denise, who raised him after his father left the family in the early 1990s. Denise had two jobs, including one as a computer programmer, to support her family. When she was not working, she played or taught her son to play basketball, especially the point guard position, a position she had played in as a college athlete.
Denise Smith, like Deron’s father, was an outstanding college athlete. She attended West Liberty State College, where she played both basketball and volleyball.
His Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Deron Michael Williams
Date of Birth: June 26, 1984
Place of Birth: Parkersburg, West Virginia
Height: 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Position: Point Guard