While Nick Anderson's shot earlier in the slideshow is loved because of Illinois' hate for Indiana and Bob Knight, there's no denying the impact of Williams' shot in the above video. As all of you remember, Illinois erased a 15-point deficit in the final four minutes of the Elite Eight contest against Arizona in 2005, capped off by Williams' game-tying three-pointer that essentially sent the game into overtime.
From there Illinois would win, before falling just short in the National Championship against North Carolina. Williams lasted three years in Champaign, leaving early after that 2005 season, before being selected third overall to the Utah Jazz. Williams came to Champaign from The Colony, Texas to play for Bill Self, and was high school teammates with former Indiana star Bracey Wright.
Williams averaged over six assists per game as an Illini, along with 11.0 points and 3.3 rebounds. He, Dee Brown and Luther Head, formed one of the best backcourts in college basketball history, leading the orange and blue to a 37-2 record in 2004-05. Although it was a team effort all season, Williams was the key factor in the Arizona comeback.
Since being in the NBA, Williams has made three straight All-Star games, and was twice named second team All-NBA. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Williams' NBA career averages are as follows: 17.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists. Prior to last season, Williams averaged double-figure assists and points in four straight years.
While Williams does not yet have the NBA Hall of Fame association that Andy Phillip was given, it really only is a matter of time if Williams keeps it up. Williams recently signed a five-year $98.7 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.