Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  7 responses

Nets GM Says Deron Williams Can Regain Elite Status

Deron Williams has struggled for the second consecutive season, and seen his numbers dip across the board. Injuries have been a major factor, but Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says he still has plenty of faith in his floor general. Per the NY Daily News: “When the Nets acquired Deron Williams and double-downed on his ability to be a franchise player, Billy King called him the best point guard in the NBA. Two struggle-filled years later – and on the same day Williams underwent PRP treatments in both ankles to alleviate inflammation, putting him out of commission until after the All-Star break – King said Williams can reclaim that status, even as his production has dropped in almost every statistical category since leaving Utah. ‘I’ve seen it,’ the GM said. ‘He’s done it.’ King ratcheted up his defense of Williams when pressed further. He admitted Williams has ‘not had the best year,’ but attributed that mostly to injuries, exhaustion and a lack of explosiveness. He compared the circumstances to Carmelo Anthony’s last season, when the Knicks forward struggled with an elbow injury and Mike D’Antoni’s system. Amid speculation that Williams has also been slowed by weight-gain, King said the three-time All-Star is just one pound heavier than when he was dealt from Utah. ‘You’re digging. You’re digging. And you’re asking valid questions, but (the inflammation to Williams’ ankles) is not a concern,’ King said. ‘Kobe’s had the blood-platelet spinning on his knees, and guys have had it. It happens. So let’s not make this a bigger issue than it is. Let’s let him get through this, have a week off and get back to playing basketball. Let’s not put the dirt on him and say his career’s over at 28. I think the same questions were asked last year about Carmelo Anthony when they were struggling and people were writing him off, saying is he’s not the same player. I think he bounced back this year.’ [...] ‘Am I confident he’s going to get back to being Deron Williams? Yes.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    he used to be sneaky explosive and athletic at Utah. he has zero dunks this season.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    this is what happens when you get too comfortable.

  • Max

    Those damn ankles.

  • danpowers

    i dont get why he is playing through so many injuries. i mean, this is the east. they can afford to let him fully recover and still reach the playoffs. and there they wont be able to compete against the heat or knicks or bulls (if rose comes back) anyway, no matter where they rank

  • The Philosopher

    Billy King implying that someone suggesting that Williams’ career is over at 29? I wouldn’t go that far. I believe that he has plenty of good years ahead of him. Great years? Debatable.
    But he is past his prime.
    And he doesn’t have the leadership skills that can prolong the career of a point guard, who may no longer possess the physical acumen to make up for their lack of elite quality leadership.
    In my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • KoloradoKobe

    The Nets are just a flashier, bigger market version of the Atlanta Hawks from a couple years ago – a mediocre team with some really dull but expensive players. Good enough to win some games in the weak east, but nobody takes them seriously in a playoff series.