PG Deron Williams has been a shell of his former self that he displayed with the Utah Jazz, and even his early New Jersey-Brooklyn Nets days. Williams was widely considered the best point guard in the game along with Chris Paul, but that is certainly no longer true. It’s hard to even put Williams in the top 10 point guards now.
Williams has had these ankle problems going on three years now and has finally decided to get surgery on them. With this ankle surgery, Williams will be off his feet for a few months and is expected to be ready by a date he set, Sept. 15.
Williams had his worst statistical year since his rookie season in 2013-14. He averaged 14.3 PPG and 6.1 APG. The point reduction may be because of the set of weapons he was given with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett joining the team, but then his assists should have gone up, not down.
The talent for Williams is still there, you see it with his post-All-Star break surges the past couple of years. He gets to take that week break and is back to normal and surges to the finish.
After the ankle surgery, Williams should be pain-free and have a resurgent season. You’ll see a season out of Williams that will have him surging up the point guard rankings. Look for him to play faster and at a pace where he controls the game and is able to make things happen. He’ll be able to make his teammates better.
This will be the first year that Williams is able to play in the same system since he played in Utah with Jerry Sloan. It’ll be his second year in the system with his coach. Williams should be back to the way he played in Utah and early Nets days.