But in the year 2013, nobody outside of Williams' immediate family would pick him over Chris Paul, and Paul showed the world why on Thursday night with a humiliating crossover of Williams on national TV.
Now, while it could be argued that Williams tripped over teammate Brooks Lopez's foot, he still takes an embarrassing tumble to the ground and can only watch as Paul strolls away from him.
That would have been embarrassing for an end-of-the bench scrub, let alone an All-Star and Olympic gold medal winner.
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