ISTANBUL (EuroChallenge) - Turkish basketball fans expected Deron Williams to be a dominant player in his run with Besiktas during the NBA lockout.
Few could have expected, though, the New Jersey Nets guard to score a career-high 50 points in a game as he did on Tuesday night in the EuroChallenge against BG Göttingen of Germany.
Williams' high in the NBA is the 42 points he scored while playing for Utah in a 2010 game against Oklahoma City.
The 27-year-old endured a slow start with the Istanbul club this season, including a dismal effort in a Eurocup Qualifying Round defeat to Dexia Mons-Hainaut when he made just six of 28 shots in the two-legged tie.
But against Göttingen, Williams hardly put a foot wrong, drilling 17 of 23 attempts from the floor.
He even made seven of 10 shots from long range.
Ergin Ataman, the Besiktas coach, said: "Deron Williams, such an extraordinary player, put on a superior performance of a different level for the first time."
Göttingen guard Kyle Bailey described Williams as "unstoppable" while opposing coach Stefan Mienack said: "It's so hard to win against a team that Deron Williams plays for."
Making the performance even more noteworthy, perhaps, is that NBA games are eight minutes longer than those in Europe.
Williams played 36 minutes on Tuesday, while in the 42-point game for Utah against Oklahoma City, he was on the court for 42 minutes.
The point guard was a key man in the USA team that won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing and will contend for a spot in the squad that plays in London next summer.