Dec 12, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) takes the ball up the court against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Nets beat the Raptors 94-88. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Illini in the NBA: Williams and Nets Blow Past Raptors, Leonard and Blazers Top Spurs


Currently, there are two former Illinois players in the NBA. Deron Williams is a member of the Brooklyn Nets while Meyers Leonard is a member of the Portland Trailblazers.

Here is a rundown of  how Williams and Meyers are faring in the NBA so far this season.

The last game Deron Williams played was on December 12th against the Toronto Raptors. The Nets defeated the Raptors 94-88 and snapped a five game losing streak that dated back to the beginning of December.

Brooklyn had five total players rack up double-digit points in the game (three starters and two off the bench). The leading scorer for the Nets was Joe Johnson.

Johnson played 43 minutes and went 7-of-14 from the field, hit four 3-pointers, made five free throws, and finished the game with 23 points.

The other starters with double-digit points were Andray Blatche (14) and Deron Williams (12). The two bench players with double-digit points were Kris Humphries (11) and C.J. Watson (16).

Williams’ twelve points is his fewest since the team’s loss on December 1st against the Miami Heat (scored ten points). He played 38 minutes and went 5-of-16 from the field. He also had two rebounds and four assists in the game.

According to ESPN, Williams said It’s good to get back on a winning track. It’s something we needed in the worst way” after the game.

The last game that Meyers Leonard played was on December 13th against the San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers defeated the Spurs 98-90. Portland had four of their starters score double-digit points. The biggest were LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard who finished with 22 and 29 respectively. J.J. Hickson also had a nice game as he recorded a double-double on the night (12 rebounds and 12 points).

Leonard played 17 minutes off the bench and scored only two points, but recorded eight rebounds and one steal. The knee injury he had seems to not be bothering him anymore. In Portland’s six December games, Leonard is averaging 4.0 points per game, 3.2 rebounds, and and 1.0 blocks in 15.2 minutes.

Williams’ next game will be on December 14th as the Nets play the Detroit Pistons in Brooklyn. Leonard’s next game will be on December 16th as the Trailblazers play the New Orleans Hornets (or Pelicans) in Portland.

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