Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  32 responses

Tired Deron Williams Admits He’s Not Playing Like an Elite Point Guard

Deron Williams blames some of his ongoing struggles on not having taken any breaks from basketball the last couple of years. Interim head coach PJ Carlesimo thinks the pressure is getting to Williams. Whatever the case, D-Will can knows he’s no longer playing like a top-tier floor general. Per the NY Post: “I don’t think I’m playing like [an elite point guard],’ Williams said. ‘I think I can be. But I’ve just got to figure this thing out.’ The Nets have been a hard team to figure out all season, and that starts with the play of their star point guard. The Nets re-signed Williams to a five-year deal worth just under $100 million this summer thinking he was one of the best players in the NBA — and arguably the league’s best point guard. Instead, Williams has performed more like an average point guard than one worthy of ranking among the league’s elite at the position. In 30 games, Williams is averaging 16.3 points and 7.5 assists while shooting 39.9 from the field and 30.0 percent from 3-point range. Williams admitted the struggles he and the Nets have experienced — going 5-11 in December and seeing coach Avery Johnson get fired last week — have worn on him. ‘Probably [the most in] my whole life, not just the league,’ Williams said when asked if he’s ever been this frustrated since entering the NBA in 2005. ‘I’m definitely frustrated with how I’m playing. I’m disappointed in how I’m playing. I’ve had stretches where one or two games I had off games, but never like this, never consistently playing this bad.’ [...] Williams is shooting 39.8 percent overall and 31.9 percent from 3-point range in the 97 games for the Nets, after shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 35.8 percent on 3-pointer in his five-plus seasons in Utah. Williams, who had injured his right (shooting) wrist with the Jazz before being traded, had surgery in April 2011, and admitted his shot hasn’t felt the same since. ‘I felt like I shot a lot better before my wrist surgery,’ he said. ‘I played the last year and a half in Utah with a bad wrist. It’s one of those things where I shot a certain way for 2 1/2 years because of the wrist. I don’t know if it’s changed my shot or what, but my shot hasn’t felt the same since. But I think it’s more mental than my actual wrist being hurt.’ Williams said he’s thinking too much in the wake of all of those missed shots. Instead of just going out on the floor and doing what he knows he’s capable of, he’s analyzing every play as it happens. ‘I’m just overthinking,’ Williams said. ‘I’ve never been a player that can go out there and play and think … I just react. Now, it’s like I come off [a screen] and I’m thinking, ‘Should I shoot this? Should I not?’ I’m just … I’m just not playing the way I should be. That’s all I mean. It’s not injuries. It’s just in my head, and I’ve got to get it out.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Deron Williams needs to stop thinking so much. That seems to be his main problem, and it’s making him l̶o̶o̶k̶ act like a big baby.
    .i’ve seen wrist surgery do some pretty sh*tty things to people’s jumpers. but all of them figured it out within 2 years of having the surgery. So Williams needs to man the f*ck up and figure it out.

  • Slick Ric

    We still blaming it on the wrist injury? LOL

  • The Philosopher

    He’s thinking about whether to shoot, or not to shoot, while coming off screens?
    He’s never had that problem.
    Not until Avery Johnson became his coach…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean, if you can’t read.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i would say the wrist injury and subsequent inability to hit a jumper caused him to start second guessing his decision making. i really doubt it has much to do with Johnson. This is a Deron Williams issue more than anything.

  • The Philosopher

    I believe that. But I also believe that it was Johnson. Just a little, as you somewhat alluded to.
    He’s had many players second guessing themselves. Throughout Johnson’s career. Becoming afraid to incur his wrath…
    He even had Dirk Nowitzki thinking about shooting three pointers.
    As we study his coaching style and personality, one can notice that often times, he can make a player look completely oblivious, as to how to play basketball.
    (Marshon Brooks)

  • ThaWindy

    That’s funny most people on here would still argue that he’s still top 5 maybe top 3. Truth is you fell off a minute ago. But the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. It’s not lack of rest and it was never your wrist… you started, sense Utah, making excuse for your bad play and being out played….now you have no one else to blame. You can’t say lack of talent and hell you couldn’t say coaching. DWill always blame yourself first. It’s a sign of maturity and a leader…..Kinda like….DRose.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i can’t really argue with that. I see Avery Johnson in the exact same way i see Scott Skiles. He’s a good short term coach, but once he starts rubbing his player’s the wrong way, he just loses them.

  • ctk

    he needs to lose weight …n play alittle more off the ball

  • The Philosopher

    Skiles seems to have those tendencies, as well. I think you’re right. But Skiles also seems to be just a tad less headstrong. A little more naturally open minded.
    He doesn’t have what Johnson appears to have, to me.
    Johnson has the “Napolean complex”. Always has to be heard. lol. (he may not have the “Napolean complex”) He even chastises his own staff. Right in front of his team.
    Maybe other coaches do that, as well…

  • The Philosopher

    He does look soft around the belly…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    wait, i think you are forgetting something about Scott Skiles


    He tried to fight Shaq. Like literally fight him. —- if that’s not glaring evidence of a Napolean Complex, idk what is?

  • The Philosopher

    HA! That’s right.
    And he did, and still does, have that complex, right?
    Yeah, those two seem very similar.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if he doesn’t still have that complex, he’s gotta be the toughest S.O.B roaming any NBA sideline.

  • shockexchange

    After implying that the coach was the cause of his poor performance and getting the coach fired, the Grim Reaper now admits to what we already knew – he has noone to blame but himself. The Grim Reaper may have politics in his future.

  • The Philosopher

    Yeah, he probably can take a few coaches in the League in some hand to hand action.

  • spit hot fiyah

    maybe he is just over the hill, or maybe carlos boozer is more benificial to play with than what we all thought

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  • KC

    yes he has been looking soft for a long time now. Step away from the buffet and get in shape.

  • LakeShow

    He was a fatty in Utah.
    Just man up, and figure it out D-Will…
    There’s not a player in the L that doesn’t have some sort of an injury affecting them.

  • roscoe

    mmm… buffet… all you can eat… sizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzler.

  • shockexchange

    (Grim Reaper voice) “Can someone hand me a toothpick? Got Sloan and Avery stuck between my teeth.”

  • bike

    Sounds like a bad case of low self-esteem. Maybe his penis is a little shorter now. It happens.

  • ThaWindy

    Not letting Avery take the blame. Dude is a vet. If he doesn’t know to shoot or pass then he needs to sit his ass down. The game tells you what to do. It’s call reading the defense. No way Avery got in his head that much that he can’t read the defense. And if all else fails take over the game..Go into beast mode and come through with a win. No coach can argue with that. The man is just full of excuses. “I should have rested this offseason”. Did the nets make the playoffs last season? have you been playing til June this last 4 seasons? No Avery and they scored 5 points in a quarter…all eyes on the 100 million dollar man.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hey @8c245dbb9563c25f1badf8908dadf627:disqus – http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m532m64oF61rwvl73o1_500.gif

  • The Philosopher

    You know, I respect that view, as well.
    We shall see what happens.

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    this pic is worth a thousand words

  • Mars

    5 yrs $100 million = figure it out. Give me 5 yrs $5 million, i’d figure it out.

  • Mars

    White women 2 Kobe = Kobe killer

    Gold Diggers 2 Middle-class = Pocket Killer

    DWill to coached around the league = Coach killer

  • Mars

    except for coach K

  • ThaWindy

    Hopefully he gets it together…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

    and then he plays like he did last night. not elite but a good solid game all around