With the Brooklyn Nets adding Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season, they are expecting a great deal of success, not just as a team, but from their individual players. One player in particular that is expected to be big for Brooklyn this season is their star point guard Deron Williams.
Not only should Williams benefit from having a deeper and more talented Nets team around him this season, but also from the fact that he can learn from first year head coach Jason Kidd. As most people know, Kidd spent a long productive career in the league, playing at a superstar level in his prime. He should be able to impart knowledge to Williams.
However, Williams hasn’t been able to hit his stride yet under Kidd as the Nets are getting training camp underway. Williams has been limited thus far at camp due to an ankle injury that he suffered at an off-season workout. More than that, it was announced on Friday that Williams will miss Brooklyn’s first two preseason games, per Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York.
Last year in the Nets first season in Brooklyn, Williams struggled to find his rhythm consistently, though he did pick up his production a bit after the All-Star break. However, with the talent and coaching around him now, he’s going to be expected to get back to being in the conversation for the best point guard in the league. Though it may not be anything serious and lasting with his ankle, this definitely doesn’t seem like a good start to the year for him.
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