Deron Williams Helps Lift Turkish Squad to Win in Season Debut

Keeping active during the NBA lockout, the New Jersey Nets point guard scores 11 points, notches five assists, contributing to a blowout win for Istanbul team.

Posted: 10/17/2011 02:47 PM EDT
Deron Williams Helps Lift Turkish Squad to Win in Season Debut

Finding a safe haven from the NBA lockout, New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams made a memorable debut Sunday with the Turkish team Besiktas.

Williams scored 11 points and had five assists in leading the Istanbul-based club to a 107-69 win over Bandirma Kirmizi.

Joining Williams in his first game with Besiktas was Cleveland Cavaliers forward Semih Erden, who registered 13 points and 8 rebounds in a return to his home turf.

Williams’s signing with the elite European club is a sign of what may come as NBA owners and players struggle to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. Overseas teams such as Besiktas are taking advantage of the labor strife to sign NBA players.

The Istanbul-based Turkish club signed Allen Iverson last year before he returned to the U.S. for calf surgery.

This report has information obtained from the Associated Press.

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