In terms of statistics, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is having one of his worst years as a pro. He has openly admitted that he has struggled to learn a new offense since leaving the Utah Jazz, and as a result he is averaging only 16.8 points and 7.7 assists per game. Despite all that, Williams was second in the Eastern Conference All-Star voting earlier this month, trailing Rajon Rondo by about 325,000 votes.
Williams is still one of the better guards in the game, but his performance this season certainly hasn’t been All-Star worthy. He knows that.
“I just think there’s people playing better than me,” Williams said Tuesday when asked if he was deserving of an All-Star spot, via ESPNNewYork.com.
The worst part of Williams’ game this season has been his shooting. He’s shooting just 40.9% from the field overall and 32.8% from three-point range. However, he has definitely improved since P.J. Carlesimo took over for Avery Johnson as Brooklyn’s head coach. The Nets are on a six-game winning streak, during which Deron has shot 46.8% from the field and 48.3% from beyond the arc. He’s averaging 19.5 points and 8.3 assists during that stretch.
Chances are, Williams will be left off the All-Star roster. The fans select the starters, and it appears as though Rondo will be the starting point guard for the East. The coaches pick the reserves and Kyrie Irving is more deserving than Williams. That being said, he has shown signs that he is turning his season around. That’s good news for the Nets as they look to assert themselves as one of the better teams in the East down the stretch.
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