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New Team: Besiktas (Turkey)
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However, the biggest name by far to declare his overseas expedition is the All-Star point guard Deron Williams. His unique combination of swagger and talent makes him one of, if not the best, floor generals in the NBA.
Williams mixes his superior shooting ability with flashy ball-handling skills and spot-on passing to create a style that is unlike any other in the league. And now, he's taking that style overseas to play ball in Turkey. According to Howard Beck and Pete Thamel of the New York Times,
"Williams, the Nets’ star point guard, has agreed in principle to a one-year deal with the Turkish club Besiktas, according to the team’s coach. His commitment would begin Sept. 1 — when the N.B.A.’s lockout would be two months old — and the deal includes an escape clause allowing him to return when the lockout ends."
D-Will's numbers slightly plummeted when he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, but he still managed to put up All-Star caliber performances averaging 15 points, 12.8 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in his new home.
If Williams could possibly improve his game by heading overseas for a year, the NBA could have a new monster on its hands at the end of the lockout.