Terrence Deshon Williams (born June 28, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Guaiqueríes de Margarita of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB). Williams was drafted 11th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. He was the senior co-captain for Rick Pitino's 2008–09 University of Louisville Cardinals.
During the 2007–08 season, Williams achieved the third and fourth triple-doubles in Louisville basketball history (the first two by Samaki Walker and Ellis Myles). He racked up 14 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in the Cardinals' season-opening 104-69 win over Hartford and had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a January 19, 2008 loss to Seton Hall.
At Rainier Beach High School, Williams was a four-year starter on the basketball team. He helped the team to a state title in 2003. He averaged 21.7 points his senior year. He was also a starting wide receiver and free safety on the football team. He considered attending Indiana and Kansas before deciding to play for Pitino.
Williams appeared on three straight Sports Illustrated covers and is one of few athletes to do so. He was also a finalist in the Lowe's Senior Class Award and was named to the Lowe's Senior Class All-Senior All-America first team.
Williams' has extraordinary overall athletic abilities as recognized by coach Rick Pitino. "He's a freakish athlete", Pitino said. He is known for his slam dunking abilities and won the dunk contest at the 2005 Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic.
Williams was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and was signed to a four-year contract. In the teams' now annual summer workouts, he dazzled his teammates and coaches with his athleticism, defense, and passing.
He recorded his first career triple-double April 9, 2010, with 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Nets double overtime win over the Chicago Bulls 127–116.
On November 26, 2010, the Nets sent Williams to the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League. Williams was recalled on December 7, 2010.
On December 15, 2010, Williams was traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade involving the Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.
On March 16, 2012, Williams was waived by the Rockets. After being waived by the Rockets, Williams signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings on March 21, 2012. He was signed for the remainder of the season on March 31, 2012.
In October 2012, Williams joined the Detroit Pistons for their training camp. On October 22, 2012 Williams was waived by the Detroit Pistons.
In November 2012, he joined the Guangdong Southern Tigers of China. He left the Tigers in February 2013.
On February 20, 2013, Williams signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics. On March 3, 2013, Williams re-signed to a multi-year contract with the Celtics. On June 30, 2013, he was waived by the Celtics.
In October 2013, he signed with Türk Telekom. He parted ways with them on November 14, after playing only two games in Turkish Basketball League.
On December 31, 2013, he was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He set the D-Fenders franchise single-game scoring record with 50 points on January 31, 2014 against the Idaho Stampede, surpassing 49 earlier that season by Manny Harris.
In April 2014, he signed with Brujos de Guayama of Puerto Rico. He was waived on May 1, 2014. On May 18, 2014, he signed with Meralco Bolts, but left seven days later after just three games. He then joined Soles de Santo Domingo and Reales de La Vega of the Dominican Republic.
On December 26, 2014 he signed with Fuerza Regia of Mexico. In his first game, he scored 19 points in the game that Fuerza Regia won 101-85 against Gigantes Estado de Mexico. Williams also grabbed 2 rebounds and has 6 assists.
On January 17, 2015, he signed with Maccabi Ashdod of Israel. Ten days later, he left the club before playing in a single game for them. In March 2015, he signed with Vaqueros de Bayamón of Puerto Rico. He was released by the club after appearing in just two league games. In April 2015, he signed with Guaiqueríes de Margarita of Venezuela for the rest of the 2015 LPB season.
On October 6, 2015, Williams signed with the upcoming AmeriLeague to play on the following season. However, the league folded after it was discovered the founder was a con-artist.
He estimates that he owns over 300 pairs of sneakers. His nickname is "T-Will".