Although the Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in the offseason, who are all formidable leaders, Nets point guard Deron Williams needs to become an even bigger leader on the team as his role with the Nets is increasing. The pressure on Williams is also increasing as MVP talk is starting to spread around the veteran.
Sunday, it was learned that Williams organized players-only workouts in California during the offseason. This is a huge step for Williams who is going to need to be a bigger part of the team than he ever has been before. He is going to be the guy that has to get the new offseason additions like Pierce and Garnett to assimilate with the team quickly.
Getting a jump start on the workouts is a good thing for new head coach Jason Kidd as well. Williams is going to have to work with Kidd to get everyone to listen to the first-year coach. Sure, everyone has respect for Kidd as a player, but for him to command respect as a coach is going to be an entirely new thing.
Last season started off rocky. Avery Johnson was fired and Williams was not performing as the All-Star he can be. However, he got back to the high-level performance finishing the season with an 18.9 points per game average and 7.7 assists. He had to share the ball more, that’s why his numbers were lower than the 2011-12 season.
This season is going to be even more pressure packed. The Nets are going to sport a championship roster this season and it will be up to Williams to handle the load.