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Williams was always the odd man out

Updated: February 10, 2010, 1:56 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams didn't need an All-Star Game appearance to be considered an elite player.

This is a guy who annually ranks among the NBA's assists leaders while averaging almost 20 points per game for a playoff team. His statistics compare favorably with John Stockton's at the same point of their careers. He's earned an Olympic gold medal.

"Actually, to me, he's probably the best point guard in the league right now," Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said. ...

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