One unfortunate landing and Deron Williams is inactive for the Brooklyn Nets once again, as he was during most of the preseason.
Williams twisted his ankle early on during Friday night’s 100-98 thrilling victory over the Phoenix Suns. It is uncertain how long he will be out. Backup Shaun Livingston will likely be thrust into the starting lineup the way he was during exhibition games.
But coach Jason Kidd should change that as quickly as possible if Williams remains sidelined. Second-year point guard Tyshawn Taylor, although lacking the experience Livingston has, would give starters Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson much better opportunities to succeed.
Taylor’s speed and quickness as a ball handler make him a burden for any opponent, as he proved both during the preseason and the playing time he received when Williams was injured last season as well. He can get into the paint with much more ease than Livingston, which will improve shot selection for the other starters. He also possesses a pretty respectable outside jumper when it is needed. Adding some extra youth and energy into the starting lineup would also provide a jolt for a Nets team that is one of the oldest in the league.
In a case where Williams is determined to be out for an extended period of time, Taylor would be the perfect answer for replacement, rather than Kidd just sticking with Livingston.
If Williams remains in street clothes, Taylor deserves to spend as much time out of his warmups as possible.