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Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  28 responses

Deron Williams Says His Struggles are Mostly Mental


17 points per game, 8.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 38.8% shooting from the field. Those are the worst numbers that Deron Williams has put up since his second year in the NBA. The Brooklyn Nets’ point guard says the problem is largely mental with him. Per the NY Daily News: “People around Deron Williams keep telling him that he’s going to snap out of his slump, that he’s too good to be this bad and he shouldn’t stop hoisting jumpers. Williams, however, has exhausted all explanations for what has become his three-season romance with inefficiency. ‘I think it’s mostly mental with me. It’s become mental,’ Williams said recently. ‘I’ve tried getting up extra shots, I’ve tried not shooting so I don’t think about it. I tried shooting before games, not shooting before games, so I hopefully I snap out of it.’ [...] He’s the marketed star for Brooklyn, the one with the giant billboard greeting drivers crossing the Manhattan Bridge. He has the television commercial, the Sports Illustrated cover, the video game, the $100 million contract, the deserved image of a wholesome family man with two Olympic championships. But the 28-year-old has often conceded the offense to either Brook Lopez or Joe Johnson, depending on the quarter. When Williams’ number was called in crunch time the last two games, he twice missed shots that could have either tied the game or won it. Johnson saved him with clutch shooting in Friday’s double-overtime win over the Pistons. Nobody could save Brooklyn during its collapse during an 83-82 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, when Williams missed six of his final seven shots. The Nets (13-10) have dropped six of their last eight games, falling below their expectations and further behind the surging Knicks (18-5). ‘We’re not going to blame the inconsistency on (injuries),’ Williams said. ‘I don’t know what the reason is.’”

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  • roscoe

    “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost
    almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and
    missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I
    succeed.”
    ― Michael Jordan

  • Max

    All he needs is 3 good shooting games in a row and than I hope we see the old Deron back.

  • spit hot fiyah

    if his stats stay the same and the nets have about the same winning percentage he will still probably make the allstar game on reputation

  • Hursty

    “Woof: defensively, the Nets allow 14 more points per 100 possessions with Deron Williams on the floor. That’s very bad.” – from Twitter just now. So.. the problem is defense as well apparently.

  • nick

    in the grand scheme of things 17-8-3 is damn good

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    he hasnt been “the old Deron” since he left Utah. Thats been a while now…

  • Max

    I know but his first year with the Nets he didn’t really care IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what Williams should try is forming a f*cking habit. Because Humans are habitual creatures. How the f*ck someone takes part in an industry that pays them millions and millions of dollars and yet nobody has the sense to help these guys do the things that help 99% of Human Beings be consistent is completely lost on me. This is basic stuff you learn about Human Nature as a 14 year old high school student. Why it’s ignored, especially at this level, completely infuriates me.

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    “i’ve tried getting up extra shots, I’ve tried not shooting so I don’t think about it. I tried shooting before games, not shooting before games, so I hopefully I snap out of it.”

    .
    No person will ever “snap out of” anything doing that. you might have one good day, but NEVER will a person be consistent if their routine is constantly changing. NEVER.

  • The Fury

    Parker>>Williams. Seriously.

  • 80

    Coming from a career 50 percent FG shooter, while DW is on 38 percent. Cant be compared

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s not comparing them as players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    DWill has become overrated (yeah…I went there)

  • roscoe

    you’re right…. i was not comparing them… i was just putting a quote up that comes to my mind sometimes when faced w/ challenges.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    amazing how people draw imaginary lines just so they can get worked up

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    well whatever it is figure it out….I took him over Melo as my 1st rounder in fantasy….so far it was a catastrophic mistake

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    his percentages tho…..they are AWFUL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I’m not willing to go there yet…give him more than a fourth of a season!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    What about his play (or lack of) last season? Should I also ignore that?

  • Dutch Rich

    You’re a very inconsistent commenter, maybe you should try jerking off before typing to get your emotions in check. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that could have been funny. but you totally butchered the attempt. you should have said, “do what you always do” or something along those lines, making it look like that is my habit. just saying it the way you did is kind of creepy. but good effort.

  • burnt_chicken

    Know what infuriates me? Snap judgement know-it-alls. Are you intimately familiar with Deron’s training/offseason regimens? No, of course not. In fact, you are most likely allowing your e-motions to get riled based off a singular quote from a singular source.What Deron actually does routine-wise is most likely as much a mystery to you as to me.
    In all sports, but in baseball especially, slumps are a common occurance. Take a second to run some google searches and you will see that it a time-honoured tradition amongst professional athletes to deviate their routines slightly/drastically/exceptionally/etc to try and break the/a slump. It doesn’t speak to their laziness or lack of strong routine that such deviations occur- exceptional circumstances naturally breed exceptional solution attempts-especially as the slump lengthens and desperation begins to set in.
    Also, habits aren’t always good. Many of the habits we develop happen sort of subconsciously, and are not always wanted (eg a hitch in your shot). Potentially, change to the routine itself can isolate these issues. In fact, sometimes it is the routine itself that enabled the habit in the first place.
    the man is proactively trying to overcome his slump. This is a good thing. His quotes do not ring as the tired voice of someone who has given up trying-or is debating behaving as such (see: Milicic, Darko, Biedrins, Andris, etc etc). Condemning his actions based on a couple patchy quotes seems a bit blustery, overblown, and laughably Limbaugh-esque.

  • Dutch Rich

    I’m taking notes, since YOU do funny REAL well. But I’ve noticed your recent attempts to mix it up a bit. And it makes this site a better place. Keep it up Youngblood.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH –

    when did “slumps” start lasting 90 games?

    .

    what “snap judgement” did i make?

    .he can’t figure out what is wrong with his shot. – stated

    .he presumes his problem is mental – stated

    .he has tried everything (what else is there before games?) to fix it, but something habitual – stated
    .

    Now onto the science,

    .Do you know how important habits are?

    (.http://www.implementationscience.com/content/7/1/53)

    .Is shooting a basketball a dynamic activity (in terms of form)?

    (in other words, should player’s shoot various different ways?)

    .

    Given the importance of habits for humans to perform “related” acts with a consistent results it is pretty clear that shooting a basketball is completely reliant on physical habits. Both conscious and unconscious.

    .

    Who is the best shooter of all-time? (according to the majority of people – 2 answers)

    - Whether you answer Steve Nash or Ray Allen….it’s completely irrelevant.

    why? because both have an extensive, HABITUAL, pre-game (and practice) routine. That allows them to stay consistent.

    .

    This isn’t baseball. You aren’t facing a new pitcher, or introducing a new variable with every experiment. You are shooting a basketball, on the same type of floor, into the same type of hoop every. single. time. The mental issues that come along with a baseball player and their habits compared to a basketball player and their habits are totally different (i did play both sports for 15+ years). For example you can look at Pitchers (like Curt Schilling for example) who literally eat the exact same food before every single start. You think that is what matters? what food they eat? cuz i can use that as proof to back up my argument. For whatever reason you are under the impression that the actions of a player in a completely unrelated sport should transfer over to basketball, when really, rationally and logically, there is no reason to.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    lol “BLAH BLAH BLAH”, i liked that

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    btw, Steve Nash. Its quality, not quantity, but CARRY ON.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i know, people name nash as the better shooter all-time because of the quality, not the quantity. so that’s why i named both guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I think you should ignore it because
    1. he was injured

    2. (not condoning it) he really didn’t try…the team was awful

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