For most of this season, the Brooklyn Nets have won and lost games without Deron Williams being their best player.
For the season, Williams is averaging 13.4 points per game while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from 3-point range. Williams is also only averaging 6.6 assists per game and is turning the ball over 2.5 times per game. For his career, Williams averages 17.5 points per game and 8.8 assists per game.
Obviously, Williams has not been healthy all season, but if this team wants to make a deep run in the playoffs this year, Williams has to get back to playing the way that he is capable of playing.
On Wednesday night during the Nets’ win over the Utah Jazz, Williams came out aggressive and looked like a different player, finishing with 19 points and seven assists. Maybe Williams was well rested after the break; maybe he was excited to be playing in Utah where he played at the beginning of his career, or maybe he finally woke up and joined the rest of his teammates.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported on Monday Feb. 17 that head coach Jason Kidd got on the court during practice that day and participated in 5-on-5 drills. Apparently, Kidd went head-to-head with Williams and really challenged him to try to get him going. If Williams can learn anything about playing the point guard position, it might as well come from one of the best to ever play the position in Kidd.
If the way Williams played in Utah on Wednesday night was any indication, then maybe Kidd should suit up in practice more often.