JockBio Vital Stats
  • New Jersey Nets • Guard • #8
  • Height: 6' 3"
• Weight: 207 • Born: 6/26/84
  • Deron set an Illinois single-season record for assists in his junior year.
  • Deron was the first Big Ten player to lead the conference in assists in his first three seasons.
  • Deron was picked higher in the draft than any player in Illinois history.
  • In 2005-06, Deron received the only first-place Rookie of the Year vote that didn’t go to Chris Paul.
  • In 2006-07, Deron had a 21-assist game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Deron was runner-up to Steve Nash as the NBA’s 2006-07 assist leader.
  • Deron had a pair of 20-assist games during the 2007–08 season, including another 21-assist effort against the Grizzlies.
  • Deron was named to the 2008 All-Star team, but he also participated in the weekend’s activities. He won the All-Star Skills Challenge, a ballhandling and shooting obstacle course. Deron edged fellow point guards Chris Paul, Jason Kidd and two-time winner Dwyane Wade.
  • Deron was a member of America’s gold-medal “Redeem Team” at the 2008 Olympics.
  • When Deron and Carlos Boozer won Player of the Week honors back-to-back in December of 2009, it marked the first time since 1997 that Utah had grabbed the honor twice in a row. Karl Malone did it both times.
  • Deron scored a career-best 42 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder in an April 2010 game.
  • In 2010, Deron became the first player in history to record five straight 20-point, 10-rebound games in a playoff series.
  • Deron turned in a 24-point, 16-assist performance in a win over the Pacers in 2010–11. He had two steals and no turnovers in the game.
  • Deron’s nickname is D-Will.
  • Deron worked out with John Stockton in Washington during his first two summers in the NBA. It helped him learn Jerry Sloan’s offense.
  • In a fan poll at, Deron was ranked the #97 player in history—between Dave DeBusschere and Bill Sharman.
  • Deron wrestled in high school.
  • Deron pronounces his named DARE-in, not der-ON. When the PA guys mispronounce his name, he uses it as motivation to make the fans remember him.
  • Deron’s Illinois teammate, Luther Head, was also a first-rounder in 2005. He was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 24th pick.
  • Deron may never make the NBA’s All-Interview team. His answers are almost always short and direct.
  • Deron and his college swetheart, Amy, had a daughter named Denae in 2002.





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