Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 12:40 pm  |  19 responses

Deron Williams Lifts Besiktas to Victory in First Game

Deron Williams has successfully touched down in Turkey, and instead of taking some time to settle in, he got right in a game and helped his new squad get a victory. Here’s the report, via Sporting News: “Besiktas’ investment in Deron Williams is already paying off. In his first game with Besiktas, Williams played a big part in his new team’s 93-91 win over Euroleague power Montepaschi Siena in the annual Bormio Tournament in Italy, Netsdaily.com reports. Williams finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 18 minutes. Williams didn’t expect to play. He tweeted “Went to the gym to watch the team play today! Shot around for a couple min and then decided to play and got a W ! #WhyNot”. Williams arrived in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday with his family. He averaged 20.1 points, 10.3 assists last season for the Utah Jazz and New Jersey Nets. Other NBA players that have signed to play in the Turkish league include Nets guard Sasha Vujacic, Darius Songaila of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nets draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic.”

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  • cnewells

    Daaam 14 8 6 18minutezz. Its gonna be dope seeing all these nba dudes ballll over there where the highlights at??

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn. Dude is gonna kill it in that league.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max


  • http://SLAMonline.com Jeremy Bauman

    Thats beast for a first game in Euro ball.. Very impressive considering he’s probably barely practiced and doesnt know his teammates too well.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    his next tweet will be something like “last week, f*cked around and got a triple double”

  • EJ

    Deron’s the only big name who’s got enough balls to do this. I guess playing in New Jersey made the decision easier, but still I like this a lot.

  • Bimmer

    Going to average a triple double

  • TC

    Turkish fans gonna love dude.

  • add

    they got 3 nba players and they only won by 2?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    those names were players in the league, not on his team. the only other NBA player on his team is Pachulia.

  • http://none Van City 604

    Allen Iverson also plays on the same friggin team, Besiktas ColaTurka he has already played a full season with them, so i went to go check their roster right now and strangely enough AI is not on the roster for some reason..

    i couldnt dig up any more info on that except his wikipedia page says he returned stateside in january for calf surgery…

    also Zaza Pachulia the starting center for the Atlanta Hawks is also listed on the Besiktas roster, i dont know if he played in this specific game though

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  • gaber

    Regardless to say best players of both teams are playing for national teams on EC right now.

  • Tobi

    @M Cho lol i was rofl

  • Jason Heartly

    @M CHO That was funny. LOL, good day indeed

  • J Mac

    Zaza Pachulia is “playing” at Eurobasket soon, well maybe as he missed the last 2..

  • president bama

    @Van City 604, iverson is done in turkey

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    gaber hitting the nail on the head. The majority of the best euroleague teams are made up of guys who are busy in international tournaments right now.

  • ab40

    wow great statline.