by Devon Jeffreys, November 30, 2011
Just one week after one of the best games of his career, Deron Williams got a special honor from Besiktas before he departed Turkey to return to the NBA.
On Tuesday, before their win over ZZ Leiden in EuroChallenge action, Besiktas held a pre-game ceremony for Deron, who led the fans at Besiktas Milangaz Arena in a pregame cheer and then watched as his jersey rose to the rafters.
D-Will also spent some time signing autographs for fans in the Besiktas Team Store, as captured by BJK TV.
After the game was over, D-Will tweeted about the honor that Besiktas and their adoring fans gave him.
D-Will finished his run in Turkey having played 23 games in total, including eight exhibitions and 15 regular season contests. He led Besiktas to a 3-0 record in the EuroChallenge, good for first place in their group, and a 6-1 record in the Turkish Basketball League, good for second place early in the season.
D-Will averaged 21.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals per game over those 15 regular season games as Besiktas went 13-2, endearing himself to thousands of Besiktas fans. They were sad to see him go, but appreciative of what he gave them, as evidenced by the fan video of Tuesday's ceremony below:
- Besiktas retires Deron Williams’ Jersey (ESPN New York, November 29, 2011)
- Turkish club retires Deron Williams’ jersey after short stint (The Sporting News, November 29, 2011)
- Deron Williams gets jersey retired in Turkey (Chicago Tribune, November 30, 2011)
- Deron Williams signed autographs (Besiktas Web, November 29, 2011)
- Farewell dinner was the stars (Besiktas Web, November 29, 2011)