Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 6 Deron Williams

  • Seasons with the franchise: Six (2005-06 to 2010-11)
  • Regular-season games played: 439
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 17.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 46.6 from the field, 35.8 from three, 80.8 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with Utah: 44
  • Postseason averages: 21.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks


As the former No. 3 overall draft pick from 2005, Deron Williams did not disappoint in Salt Lake City. Rather, after becoming an All-Rookie selection, the 6-foot-3 point guard out of Illinois earned two All-Star nods and also twice landed All-NBA honors.

Of course, it’s worth noting as well that Williams, along with Carlos Boozer and the rest of the talented gang in those days, guided the Utah Jazz back to postseason relevance. The franchise reached the playoffs in four consecutive seasons, which included a run to the Western Conference Finals in 2007.

Unfortunately, Williams and Hall of Fame head coach Jerry Sloan were no longer seeing eye to eye in 2010-11, resulting in the lively floor general’s midseason trade to the then-New Jersey Nets.