Deron Michael Williams (born June 26, 1984) is an American basketball player with the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In addition to the Nets, he has played for the Utah Jazz and Beikta of the Turkish Basketball League. Williams was drafted 3rd overall in the 2005 draft by the Utah Jazz, for whom he played before being traded in the middle of his sixth season to the Nets. He is a three-time All-Star and was a gold medal winner at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Williams played college basketball at the University of Illinois. In elementary school and middle school, Williams won two state wrestling championships. In 1993, as an eight-year-old, he won the 67 lb. weight class Texas State championship. Four years later in 1997, he won the twelve-year-old 116 lb. weight class championship. Williams attended The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas and averaged 17 points, 9.4 assists, and 2 steals per game as a junior in 2001.
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