Maybe a fresh start is something Deron Williams needs. He’s coming off his worst season since his rookie year. He only averaged 13 ppg while shooting a career low 38% from the field. At one point he was always in the discussion as the top point guard in the league but since he became a Net he has fallen off.
In six seasons with the Jazz he played in at least 75 games four times. In five seasons with the Nets he only played in over 75 games just once. Since joining the Nets his numbers have dropped across the board. He has dealt with ankle problems for years and now he’s not even mentioned as a top point guard.
For the 2009-10 season:
Player A – 18.7 ppg, 10.7 apg, 49% FG, 40% 3pt and 23.7 PER
Player B – 18.7 ppg, 10.5 apg, 46% FG, 37% 3pt and 20.6 PER
These are the numbers for Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Player A is Chris Paul and the other is Williams. Paul only played in 45 games that season while Williams played in 76.
For the 2010-11 season:
Player A – 15.9 ppg, 9.8 apg, 46% FG, 38% 3pt and 23.7 PER
Player B – 20.1 ppg, 10.3 apg, 43% FG, 33% 3pt and 21.1 PER
During that season Deron Williams was traded to the Nets. With the Nets his scoring dropped but his assists went up. Player A is again Chris Paul after he played in 80 games and Deron Williams played in 65 games.
Williams was the combination of power and craftiness. He had a bounce to his step and a killer crossover to go with it. He could put you on his hip and finish in the lane. He played overseas during the lockout but returned to the Nets and signed a max contract with the Nets instead of heading home to Dallas.
There was a lot of pressure on Williams. The franchise was moving to Brooklyn and the owner wanted them to win now. They made a lot of bad trades and now they have no draft picks and are over the cap. Deron Williams has not been an All-Star since the 2011-12 season when he averaged 21 ppg and 8.7 apg. He showed flashes throughout the years including a 57 point game against Charlotte, knocking down nine 3-pointeres against the Wizards and he even had a 35 point game in the playoffs against the Hawks.
The change of scenery should be great for Williams. Not only is he going home but he does not have to carry a franchise. The buyout of Williams’ contract helps all sides involved; the Nets help their payroll, Williams gets another chance to prove he’s a top tier point guard and the Mavericks get a point guard.
Deron Williams is still a solid point guard that can help a team. He can’t be the best player on the team but he has his moments. Hopefully he has a healthy season and contributes to a playoff team.