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Someone posted a Deron Williams missing poster outside Barclays Center

Deron Williams missing poster

The world can be a cruel place for an NBA All-Star. Just ask “Mr. Unreliable” Kevin Durant about that. Or better yet, check with Deron Williams, who is a punching bag for some Nets fans.

The humorous photo seen above is a meme that has been going around the ‘net. Some fan decided to print it up and post it on Atlantic Avenue across from the Atlantic Mall in front of Barclays Center, according to The Brooklyn Game.

The poster has some info about Williams such as his height, weight and age. And then it gets funny, saying Williams has been missing since 2/23/2011, and offering a reward for the remainder of Williams’ salary. The contact info is for Nets GM Billy King.

Oh, and there is some great comedy to it, too. Williams’ identifying characteristic is a “messed up tattoo on right arm” which is so true, and they say he was last seen “getting a legendary coach fired in Salt Lake City.”

Although mean-spirited, the poster is dang funny. D-Will actually played well in the first quarter of Brooklyn’s win or go home playoff game with the Raptors.

Deron Williams crosses up Chris Paul twice (Video)

Deron-Williams-crosses-up-Chris-PaulThe Brooklyn Nets got the best of the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, and part of the reason for that was Deron Williams winning some of his one-on-one battles with Chris Paul. Williams, who is rounding back into form after missing a large portion of the season because of injury, made CP3 look silly on more than one occasion.

The two plays happened in the span of about three minutes late in the second quarter. The first time, Williams had a little help with a screen from Brook Lopez that Paul wasted little effort fighting through. The second time, Williams simply crossed CP3 up and finished with a floater in the lane.

CP3′s defensive effort wasn’t all that overwhelming on either play, but it was nice to see Deron show some explosiveness. If the Nets can somehow find a way to dig themselves out of a hole, Williams will be the one holding the shovel.

Video via Pro Basketball Talk

Jason Terry: Brooklyn Nets will win championship, Deron Williams will be MVP

Jason-Terry-Paul-Pierce-Kevin-Garnett-NetsJason Terry started drinking the Kool-Aid the moment he signed with the Boston Celtics, and it appears he is going to do the same with the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old sharpshooter got a Celtics championship tattoo before he played a single game in green. Now that he has been traded to the Nets, he’s already talking about bringing a championship to New York.

“We are going to kick butt and take names, and hopefully that’s gonna end up in a championship,” Terry told ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Thursday. “There’s something in the air here that says the Brooklyn Nets will be the NBA champions next year.”

In addition to winning a championship, Terry believes point guard Deron Williams now has the players he needs around him to win a league MVP.

“I’m saying Deron Williams for MVP, with the pieces we have here,” Terry said.

In order to win an NBA championship, Brooklyn will likely have to go through the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Given the way LeBron James has played over the past two seasons, that looks like a tall task even with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce now wearing Nets uniforms. However, Terry feels he and Jason Kidd hold the key to beating Miami.

“I’m not concerned. We have the formula,” he said, via the NY Daily News. “Jason Kidd and I are the only ones to crack that code.”

Terry is known as a great veteran leader, and this is one of the reasons why. He radiates confidence and tries to pass it on to his teammates. Personally, I feel that Pierce, Garnett and Terry are too old to take down the Heat. They were showing serious signs of age in Boston, and there’s no reason that won’t continue next season. It’s going to take a lot more than trash talk to get through Miami.

Deron Williams makes record nine 3-pointers in one half (Video)

Deron WilliamsDeron Williams had a record-setting game on Friday. The Brooklyn Nets point guard made an NBA record nine 3-pointers in one half, and he finished with a franchise-record 11 3-pointers in his team’s 95-78 win over the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center.

Williams scored a season-high 42 points on 15-for-24 shooting, including 11-of-16 behind the arc. He even made his first eight threes.

D-Will has been particularly hot from beyond the arc recently. He made 49 percent of his threes in February, and he was 7-of-17 (.412) in three games this month prior to Friday’s explosion.

How hot was he?

“Hot like fish grease,” teammate Reggie Evans told the NY Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.

Deron Williams doesn’t think he deserves to be an All-Star

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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Deron Williams thinks he has worked himself too hard

Deron Williams’ shooting woes have been well-documented this season, as he is currently averaging career lows in field goal percentage (39.9) and three-point field goal percentage (30.0). His current scoring average of 16.3 points per game is his lowest in six seasons. Williams isn’t fully comfortable with the Brooklyn Nets, and there are a number of theories as to why.

For starters, Deron said he has not been able to get comfortable in Avery Johnson’s offense since being traded from the Utah Jazz to the Nets. But Johnson has been fired, and Williams continues to struggle. Brooklyn GM Billy King said in a recent radio interview that he believes Williams could be worn down from overworking himself during the offseason, and Williams sounds like he agrees.

“I didn’t take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out,” he said according to the NY Post. “After the Olympics, the day I got back I worked out the next morning. I thought it was the best thing to do, and now looking back, it probably would have been smarter to take some time off and get a little bit of rest, especially on my legs, and my ankles in general.

“I took a lot of pounding over the last year because even though we had a shortened season, I was over in Istanbul, so I haven’t had a break since before then. I felt like I could handle it, and at the time I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to get out of shape. I wanted to just keep going.”

Williams has certainly had a greater workload than the average player, but the Nets aren’t in need of excuses right now. They need Deron to establish himself as a consistent leader who can run the offense on a nightly basis and score when called upon. Whether it’s fatigue, coaching or just plain poor jump-shooting, Williams is being paid enough money where he’s expected to identify the problem and fix it.

Utah Jazz official Twitter account takes a shot at Deron Williams

The Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson on Thursday morning, and many believe Deron Williams was the driving force behind the move. The Nets are off to a 14-14 start, and Williams recently was open in saying that he was having a hard time getting accustomed to Johnson’s offensive scheme.

With every NBA head coaching vacancy comes Phil Jackson speculation. Of course, Jackson is not going to return to coaching unless it is with a roster that has the potential to win a championship. Do the Nets have that potential? Whoever is operating the official Twitter account of the Utah Jazz does not believe they do. In fact, that person doesn’t think Brooklyn has any great players — not even Williams. The following tweet has since been deleted, but the folks at Black Sports Online were able to capture it first:

Jazz-Twitter-shot-at-Deron-Williams

Williams is certainly an above-average player and one of the better guards in the NBA, but is he a great player? At this point, I’d put him right on the cusp. With the Jazz, he was a great player. With the Nets, he has not reached that level. It’s highly unlikely that Jackson is interested in coaching Brooklyn, and the team’s lack of talent is probably one reason why. The fact that the official Twitter account of the Utah Jazz said it is what makes it noteworthy.