Luckily for the players on this list, it’s not just NBA credentials that determine if you get in. Strong collegiate and international stats matter too. So Deron Williams isn’t completely out of luck. Let’s look at some of his achievements that make him a candidate for the Hall of Fame.
During his run in the NBA, he was a three-time All-Star and secured two All-NBA Second Team selections, as well as a spot on the 2005 All-Rookie First Team. He had a good near six-season run with the Utah Jazz from 2005 to 2011, before becoming the face of the Brooklyn Nets for a few seasons.
However, by the end of his Nets run, his play had declined and by 2017, he was out of the league.
Prior to his entering the league, however, Williams was a star at the University of Illinois. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons, he earned All-Big Team honors from both the media and the coaches and was a consensus second-team All-American in 2005.
To further bolster his case, Williams was a member of four major international squads. He won the Bronze medal in the FIBA America’s U18 Championship, before going on to win gold in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
After that, he would win back-to-back Gold Medals in the Olympics, helping lead the team to victory in 2008 and 2012.
All of these stats and facts matter in his Hall of Fame quest, and while its fair to say he’ll probably miss it, he likely won’t miss it by much.