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Former NBA and Illini Star to Fight On Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury Undercard

Former Illini guard and three-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams is set to make his boxing debut on the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury undercard.
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Former Illinois guard Deron Williams will make his boxing debut on December 18. Williams will be on the highly anticipated Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury undercard. Williams, a three-time NBA All-Star, spent the bulk of his 12-year career between the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets.

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SeasonAgeTmLgPosGGSMPFGFGAFG%3P3PA3P%2P2PA2P%eFG%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS

2005-06

21

UTA

NBA

PG

80

47

28.8

4.2

10.1

.421

1.1

2.7

.416

3.1

7.3

.423

.478

1.2

1.7

.704

0.4

2.0

2.4

4.5

0.8

0.2

1.8

2.9

10.8

2006-07

22

UTA

NBA

PG

80

80

36.9

6.2

13.5

.456

1.0

3.2

.322

5.2

10.4

.498

.494

2.8

3.7

.767

0.5

2.8

3.3

9.3

1.0

0.2

3.1

3.2

16.2

2007-08

23

UTA

NBA

PG

82

82

37.3

6.9

13.6

.507

1.0

2.6

.395

5.9

11.1

.533

.544

4.0

5.0

.803

0.4

2.5

3.0

10.5

1.1

0.3

3.4

2.4

18.8

2008-09

24

UTA

NBA

PG

68

68

36.8

6.8

14.5

.471

1.0

3.3

.310

5.8

11.1

.518

.506

4.8

5.6

.849

0.4

2.5

2.9

10.7

1.1

0.3

3.4

2.0

19.4

2009-10

25

UTA

NBA

PG

76

76

36.9

6.5

13.9

.469

1.3

3.4

.371

5.2

10.4

.501

.515

4.4

5.5

.801

0.7

3.3

4.0

10.5

1.3

0.2

3.3

2.7

18.7

2010-11

26

TOT

NBA

PG

65

65

37.9

6.6

15.0

.439

1.6

4.9

.331

5.0

10.1

.491

.493

5.4

6.3

.845

0.6

3.4

4.0

10.3

1.2

0.2

3.5

2.9

20.1

2010-11

26

UTA

NBA

PG

53

53

37.9

7.0

15.2

.458

1.7

4.9

.345

5.3

10.3

.511

.513

5.7

6.7

.853

0.6

3.3

3.9

9.7

1.2

0.2

3.5

2.9

21.3

2010-11

26

NJN

NBA

PG

12

12

38.0

4.9

14.1

.349

1.3

4.9

.271

3.6

9.2

.391

.396

3.8

4.8

.793

0.7

3.9

4.6

12.8

1.3

0.3

3.6

3.2

15.0

2011-12

27

NJN

NBA

PG

55

55

36.3

7.1

17.5

.407

2.1

6.2

.336

5.0

11.3

.446

.467

4.7

5.5

.843

0.4

2.9

3.3

8.7

1.2

0.4

4.0

2.2

21.0

2012-13

28

BRK

NBA

PG

78

78

36.4

6.3

14.4

.440

2.2

5.7

.378

4.2

8.7

.482

.516

4.1

4.7

.859

0.4

2.6

3.0

7.7

1.0

0.4

2.8

2.5

18.9

2013-14

29

BRK

NBA

PG

64

58

32.2

5.0

11.2

.450

1.5

4.2

.366

3.5

7.0

.500

.518

2.7

3.4

.801

0.2

2.4

2.6

6.1

1.5

0.2

2.2

2.3

14.3

2014-15

30

BRK

NBA

PG

68

55

31.1

4.4

11.3

.387

1.3

3.5

.367

3.1

7.9

.395

.443

3.0

3.5

.834

0.4

3.1

3.5

6.6

0.9

0.3

2.3

2.3

13.0

2015-16

31

DAL

NBA

PG

65

63

32.4

4.9

11.9

.414

1.5

4.3

.344

3.4

7.6

.454

.477

2.8

3.2

.869

0.3

2.6

2.9

5.8

0.9

0.2

2.3

2.4

14.1

2016-17

32

TOT

NBA

PG

64

44

25.9

4.1

9.4

.438

1.3

3.7

.363

2.8

5.7

.486

.509

1.4

1.7

.826

0.2

2.1

2.3

5.6

0.5

0.1

2.2

2.2

11.0

2016-17

32

DAL

NBA

PG

40

40

29.3

4.9

11.3

.430

1.6

4.5

.348

3.3

6.8

.485

.500

1.7

2.1

.821

0.3

2.2

2.6

6.9

0.6

0.1

2.5

2.4

13.1

2016-17

32

CLE

NBA

PG

24

4

20.3

2.8

6.1

.463

0.9

2.2

.415

1.9

3.9

.489

.537

0.9

1.0

.840

0.0

1.8

1.9

3.6

0.3

0.3

1.7

1.8

7.5

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Williams went third overall in the 2005 NBA Draft after helping lead the Fighting Illini to an NCAA Final Four appearance. The Illini ended up losing in the championship game to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Williams was the prototypical NBA point guard. He possessed excellent court vision, a soft shooting touch, and toughness on both ends of the court. In five of his NBA seasons, Williams averaged a double-double of points and assists.

While there is no confirmation regarding his first opponent in the boxing ring, rumors indicate it may be former NFL running back Frank Gore. Gore is the third all-time in NFL rushing yards and is looking to make his boxing debut as well.

There is no telling how this fight will go if it does happen. This will be the debut for both men as they continue their post-professional sports ventures.