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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 4:43 pm  |  36 responses

Thick and Thin

Deron Williams will go hard… and win.

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Photo by Scott Council
Originally published in SLAM 124

Take everything away from Deron Williams but his game; subtract trade politicking and the ‘Who’s the best?’ conversations. What’s left? Nice skills. Prime court vision. Team commander. Constant winner. You name it, DWill’s got it.

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  • http://twitter.com/manueii ManueII

    I think he’s a better POINT then CP3 but CP3 has BETTER ALL AROUND game. Either way, he’s been a favortite since I saw him light up Arizona in the NCAA

  • Mo

    Actually he’s not a better POINT than CP3 either. He might be better at turning the ball over though.

  • lowblow

    hes a better shooter

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    “Deron Williams always play… and win.”
    lol, wut? Is that intentional?

  • letsmotor

    i’d like to apply for the position of proofreader.

  • matt

    he’s better than cp3 in all ways–including turnovers

  • kg

    cp3 is batter at guiden a team and consistency and over all but not haten on d.will he is good . even thought he carries that ball alot and gets no calls he is a good point guard

  • kg

    cp3 is batter at guiden a team and consistency and over all but not haten on d.will he is good . even thought he carries the ball alot and gets no calls he is a good point guard

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Thanks for the missing word(s). Got that straightened out.

  • rob

    CP3 has always has always averaged more points, assists, rebounds, steals, fg%, low assist-to turnover ratio. and cp is smaller. stats dont lie. dwill has a better 3 ball because he takes it more often and he’s more consistent with it but cp can hold his own there too. i would actually compare dwill to derrick rose. cp3 is more comparable to rondo (fast,steals a lot,lots of rebounds for their size).

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    this is some old photos. He’s got more of a sleeve on his right arm nowadays

  • ab_40

    he’ll win when he leaves utah. and onlyclipsfan who wears a sleave on a photo shoot? he’s with nike he doesn’t have to wear those adidas leauge thing on his sleeve that J.Smith and D. Howard have

  • Ricky G

    ab_40 i think he was referring to a tat (sleeve) – but these is some old photos cos dude is mad balding now. Hope karma dont bit me in the a$$ for pointing that out though.

  • Holiday

    actually stats do tell the truth, and Deron Williams has one 10 of 11 head to head i do believe! Deron is much better, you see when he crossed Paul up and then gave Tyson Chandler a facial?

  • Holiday

    actually stats do tell the truth, and Deron Williams has one 10 of 11 head to head i do believe! Deron is much better, you see when he crossed Paul up and then gave Tyson Chandler a facial?

  • Holiday

    Deron is stonger, his crossover is leaps and bounds better, and he can defend a ton better! Deron has been to a National championship game and the WCF’s were has Paul been?

  • Mike

    One of the most underrated players in the league

  • nastierthanu

    Nice baller. Bone head play in the all star game though

  • The Philosopher

    You can’t go wrong with either Paul or Williams. I guess whoever gets the jewlery first. Paul has more hype, though. The steals MAY give Paul the slightest edge, but Williams is bigger, stronger, and is a superior athlete to Paul. The only knock I have on Williams is that he tends to publicly throw guys under the bus when things aren’t going right. McGrady used to do that too.

  • GA Bulldawg

    The Philosopher: Just curious. Who has he thrown under the bus and what are your sources?

  • Proudly Rwandan

    no comment. last time i saw utah in action was game six of 98 finals.

  • http://dsjfklf.com Jukai

    The Philosopher: Out of curiosity, why do you consider Deron the better athlete? Paul is faster, plays more minutes, and probably has the same vertical… Deron’s stronger, yeah, but I don’t get how you came to that conclusion.
    I think Paul’s a better overall player but his injuries are making me sweat a bit.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Deron is the better point gurad, CP3 is overrated and has always been. Collison a (ROOKIE) has came in and average almost the same numbers as Chris in that offense in New Orleans. The real QUESTION, is Chris the product of a system, where he will always get his numbers like Collison, but go nowhere. My answer is Yes, Give me a pure shooter, who can dunk on you, stop and pop and steal give you 10 dimes a night, also has a bigger body and can post up. DERON is dat DUDE!!!

  • Sparty’s Law

    When I read the title I automatically assumed that “thin” was a reference to his hair.

  • The Philosopher

    @ GA Bulldawg: During the playoff series against Denver, he threw Kirilenko under the bus that year. Before Houston, McGrady always complained about being the only allstar on his teams. Like guys in the League don’t have skills, or something. @ Jukai: Williams will drive the lane and dunk on people more frequently than Paul. Williams elevates higher on the jumpshot. He is bigger, stronger, and is a better all around athlete than Paul. He is just as quick as Paul. And him being just as quick even though he’s bigger than Paul is significant

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    @philosopher according to pre draft measurements Paul is more athletic (can jump higher and quicker in agility drills) Deron is stronger. CP3 did throw a facial on Dwight though.Deron needs to hit the low post though, he can punish other PG’s with his size and strength

  • The Philosopher

    @onlyclippersfanslam They said Kobe, according to measurements, had a 38″ vertical. Do you believe that?

  • The Philosopher

    I, In my humble opinion, tend to believe that combine numbers for the NBA can be a little inaccurate at times. But I’m not there, will probably never be. But as far as on court action, Paul and Williams are two future Hall of Famers barring injury. Pick one, I guess.

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    no you are wrong. Pre-draft measurements are done by a third party. This is not the NFL where each team has their own measurements. This is because there are only about 75 players there, not 500 like the NFL

  • The Philosopher

    @onlyclipperfanslam: Do you believe Kobe’s vertical was 38″?

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    you know anything pre-2000 was only reported by newspapers. The league only started documenting these predraft measurements 2000 and beyond. There are websites that verify this, I don’t want to name them (I don’t know what the policy is here). So those numbers on Deron and Paul are official.

  • The Philosopher

    @onlyclipsfanonslam: I appreciate the knowledge. This site is good because people like yourself and others seem to know your facts. Very interesting points. Thanks.

  • The Philosopher

    But in the mean time, Williams is the better all around athlete.

  • Tombomb

    Isn’t there like 400 players in the NBA onlyclipperfanslam?

  • Person

    @Tombomb he means at the predraft combine

  • t-wollvesss!

    does the title of this article refer to his balding hair?

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