As frustrated as the Brooklyn Nets and their success-malnourished fan base have been with Deron Williams, they have to respect the fact that he’s a gamer.
The starting point guard announced to the media earlier in the week that he’s been dealing with an injury recently, but wishes not to disclose what it is exactly.
Given that he’s making almost $20 million dollars this season and the Nets are a horrendous 11-21, it would be very easy for Williams to sit on the bench and collect his paycheck without breaking a sweat for another extended period of time. Especially because he’s only averaged a mere 13.3 points and exactly 7.0 assists through 21 games.
Most teams would be content with such production out of their floor general, but the Nets do not fall within that category in even the slightest sense. How could they? After all, Williams is a three-time All Star and at the very peak of his game is regarded as one of the league’s elite point guards.
Injuries heavily derailed Williams last season until he overcame them, and they’ve caused him to miss another 11 games thus far in 2013-14. However, Williams has played in every game dating back to December 10 and has appeared like a nearly $20 million/year player in about half of those contests: 12/10 – 25 points, seven assists, 12/13 – 22 points, nine assists, 12/16 – 13 points, 13 assists, 12/18 – 15 points, 13 assists, 12/20 – 17 points, 14 assists, 1/2 – 29 points, four assists.
Although that type of production should be expected when completely healthy, Williams becomes much more admirable when understanding that he was banged up in at least the most recent game, if not some of the previous ones as well.
Kudos to Williams for sticking it out and putting the team first and foremost the way a true leader should.