Posted by Ben Golliver.
Now that's more like it.
When an NBA All-Star in his prime signs to play internationally, the immediate expectation is that he will receive a hero's welcome and proceed to dominate on the court. It hasn't been that easy for New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams. Since inking a contract with Turkey's Besiktas last summer, Williams has admitted that the team isn't selling out its 3,200-person stadium and has expressed frustration that the NBA lockout is still ongoing. He's been averaging 20.5 points, 6.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game for Besiktas in Turkish league play, according to DraftExpress.com, but those aren't the charity game numbers that many people were expecting from one of the world's elite players against non-NBA competition.
On Tuesday, Williams finally delivered the type of international smackdown that many had anticpated, dumping in 50 points in a 105-94 Eurochallenge Cup win over German professional club Goettingen, according to the team's official site. DraftExpress.com reported that Williams shot 17-for-23 from the field, hitting seven 3-pointers.
Here's video of Deron Williams' 50-point explosion via YouTube user TheDrizzleIsLocal.
Hat Tip: Sportando.net.