When Besiktas decided to fork over $5 million to Deron Williams in July, it was all about business. If Besiktas finishes in the Turkish League's top three, it will play in the Euroleague next season. That's where the money is. Right now, they play in the EuroChallenge, the third level Euro circuit.
The plan is working. Williams had his best scoring game of the season, hitting for 28 points (12-for 20, including four three's) as Besiktas won its 11th straight overall and its fifth straight with no losses in the Turkish League. Playing in the Mediterranean resort town of Mersin, Besiktas rolled over the home team.
As he has frequently in Turkey, D-Will played a lot of shooting guard as well as the point.
The Nets' point guard trio of Williams, Jordan Farmar and Sundiata Gaines (all of whom play within 850 miles of one another at the eastern end of the Mediterranean) hasn't lost a game overseas since October 21 and have now won 25 of 27 total.