Deron Williams a Finalist for Olympic Team
Williams won a gold medal as a member of
Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
January 16, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—F USA Basketball has named Deron Williams as a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo announced today.
“The Nets organization would like to congratulate Deron on being selected to this distinguished group of players," said Nets General Manager Billy King. “To represent your country in the Olympics is pretty special, and Deron is now one step closer."
Williams, 27, is averaging team-highs with 18.3 points and 8.4 assists (t6th in NBA) to go with 3.3 rebounds in 12 starts this season.
The two-time All-Star has career averages of 17.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists in 36 minutes in six-plus seasons with Utah and New Jersey.
The current 20-player roster also includes LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Carmelo Anthony (New York), Chauncey Billups (L.A. Clippers), Chris Bosh (Miami), Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers), Tyson Chandler (New York), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Rudy Gay (Memphis), Eric Gordon (New Orleans), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), Dwight Howard (Orlando), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia), LeBron James (Miami), Kevin Love (Minnesota), Lamar Odom (Dallas), Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers), Derrick Rose (Chicago), Dwyane Wade (Miami) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).
The official 12-man U.S. Olympic team roster will be announced later this year. The 2012 Summer Olympics will be held July 27-Aug. 12 in London, England.