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 basketball-reference.com, 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.