Deron Williams made his Turkish debut on Sunday. He is playing in Turkey while the NBA lockout continues in the U.S.
New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams made his overseas debut in Turkey on Sunday, finishing with 11 points and five assists.
His team, Besiktas, cruised to a 107-69 victory over Bandirma Kirmizi in Williams' Turkish debut.
Williams, of course, is playing overseas while the NBA lockout drags on in the United States. A week ago, NBA commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the NBA season when owners and players were unable to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Another Besiktas signing from the lockout, Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Semih Erden, added 13 points and eight rebounds to help Besiktas to the win. Williams shot just 2-of-10 from the field - and 1-of-4 from beyond the 3-point line - in the victory.
Williams officially signed with Besiktas on July 16, and he agreed to sign with them even earlier in the month. His contract contains a clause that will allow him to return to the United States if and when the NBA lockout is lifted. Williams, 27, is under contract with the Nets for two more seasons.
Williams, a two-time NBA All-Star, is among a handful of players who are playing overseas - and even more could be joining him as the NBA lockout continues.
Williams is the most prominent member of the NBA to play overseas. Others that have joined him across oceans thus far are Wilson Chandler (China), DeJuan Blair (Russia), Danilo Gallinari (Italy), Rudy Fernandez (Spain), Ty Lawson (Lithuania), Kenyon Martin (China) and Kyle Singler (Spain).
But the list of players considering the move is much deeper in talent. Most notably, Carmelo Anthony said he would think about playing in China, and Kobe Bryant has been wooed by an Italian club.