The Brooklyn Nets enjoyed a breakout 2012-2013 NBA season from Brook Lopez. He was proficient and efficient on the offensive end and showed that he had put in the work to improve his defense. It would have been nice to see him rebound a little more effectively, but overall he looked like a young player that could be on the verge of becoming a star.
However, the majority of the Nets and the team as a whole were disappointing. Despite having three star players on their team, they earned just the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and were ultimately eliminated in the first round of the postseason. On an individual level, though, the most disappointing performance had to come from point guard Deron Williams.
Williams came to the Nets as the potential savior of the team, but he hardly looked like that player last season. In 78 games he played 36.4 minutes per game and averaged 18.9 points, 7.7 assists, three rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range.
Williams final numbers weren’t terrible, but he needed a few fantastic weeks to recover from an incredibly poor start to the season. He also shot less efficiently from the field and dished out fewer assists per game than his career averages. Williams also had a tendency to look lethargic and rarely showed a sense of urgency.
Despite all of this, though, not all of it should be blamed on Williams. Williams is a player that thrives under strict coaching, something that he didn’t have this season in Brooklyn. As the Nets search for a new coach this off-season, though, they should be looking for someone who can maximize the performance of Williams. If they hire a disciplinarian coach, expect a big year from D-Will.