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Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at 6:49 pm  |  27 responses

Jason Kidd Wants Deron Williams to Average Double-Digit Assists This Season


Deron Williams averaged 7.7 assists per game last season, well short of his career high of 10.7 in ’08-09. His new coach Jason Kidd would like to get that number back up, according to the Daily News: “The possible reasons for Deron Williams’ regression have been documented and dissected, with conclusions mostly bouncing from an extended aberration to the beginnings of an ill-timed downfall. There were injuries to blame in New Jersey, along with subpar teammates and poor fan support. Then there were more injuries in Brooklyn, extra weight, and Avery Johnson’s unimaginative offense. But since Jason Kidd’s introductory press conference in July, Brooklyn’s coach has aggressively pitched the rejuvenation of his point guard. It’s a task Kidd seems most qualified to accomplish given his history at the position. On Sunday, the rookie coach revealed a statistical goal for Williams. It concerns passing, not surprisingly. ‘I’m going to push him. I want the best for him,’ Kidd said after signing autographs at the Nets’ merchandise store in Coney Island. ‘When we sit down and talk about goals, team goals and also individual goals, I’m going to push him and I want to get him back to double-digit assists.’ Williams hasn’t averaged at least 10 assists since 2010-11, which represented the fourth straight season he eclipsed that mark. Last season’s 7.7 assists per game was Williams’ lowest output since he was a rookie.  And as the assist numbers dipped in the last two seasons, so did Williams’ shooting percentage. But there was a tangible turning point, which Kidd referenced Sunday. After undergoing multiple procedures to his inflamed ankles during the All-Star break, Williams dropped about 15 pounds by changing his diet and exercise routine.”

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  • 604manchild

    They are going to clash
    D.will wont have much touches this season he will be frustrated

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Umm….actually the complete opposite of that is what will happen. He’ll be back in that top 3 PG discussion again this season.

  • grgeblck

    He should boost to double digits since now he has so many options to distribute to.

  • Ray

    Deron Williams has regressed over the past few years. I don’t know if Kidd has what it takes to motivate Williams, but the expectations are not hard to meet if one really thinks about it. Deron has done it before and should do it again. He’s not old and still has decent athleticism. He’s a smart player and I do look forward to seeing him improve. However, I cannot see the Nets win the East. 3rd or 4th seed.

  • King David

    i used to think he was better than CP3 smh

  • Ugh

    Kidd persuades the home statistician to award Williams an assist on two bounces instead of just one and his home assists rise to 15apg. He’ll still average 7 on the road, he’ll be in double digits overall, easy.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    He should average at least 10 assists playing with those guys. I’m sure he will.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    He won’t have many touches? He’s the PG. He’ll be orchestrating the whole offense.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    He had a rough start to last season, but he found his groove before the end of the regular season. And if the Pacers aren’t the ones to dethrone Miami in the East, it’s Brooklyn. They’re better suited to do it than the Bulls are.

  • Smits#45

    I don’t think it’s to much to ask for him averaging double digit assists. Especially now they have Pierce and Garnett. Can’t wait for the season to begin and see how the Nets will fare!

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    He will be an MVP candidate…. The Nets player who has regressed is Joe Johnson and Kidd should try to motivate him. Johnson struggles to get to the rim and takes too many threes. I don’t even remember JJ making a layup .

  • RKJ92

    Why in the world would you ever think that -.- it wasn’t even a discussion.

  • LakeShow

    Not only was it a discussion….

    From 2007-2011:

    19.2 -10.5 – 3.5 – 1.2 on 47%

    CP3 during that same time frame:

    19.7 – 10.8 – 4.5 – 2.5 – 48%

    I mean if you think one guy was clearly better than the other… Okay. But I think your wrong.

    Defensively they are comparable during that time too. Deron Williams could guard bigger players and was better man to man. CP3 was better in the lanes.

  • RKJ92

    Based on the stats Lake who are you picking to lead your team? who was team USA’s starting point guard? and who was generally listed by the mass of NBA fans as the best point guard in basketball year, after year. To me it’s a no contest, and undeniable who was, and is still the best point guard in today’s game, and that’s without me going into my advance statistics because I am trying not to bring those up with you any more out of pure respect to you lmao.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    after Chris Paul hurt his knee…..Deron Williams was better. Well, until Deron got traded to New Jersey.

  • LakeShow

    “it wasn’t even a discussion”

    It was a discussion. And I believe Paul was nearly always better except when nbk alluded to.

    My point is, give D-Will credit. He was option 1b at point guard for those years.

  • straight cake

    Bulls are a bigger threat than Pacers or Nets because for one Pacers struggle to score the basketball because last season Indiana was 19th in the league in offensive efficiency, averaging only 101.3 points per 100 possessions and Indiana also turns the ball over 15.1 times per game, seventh worst in the league last year.and the Nets still have to develop chemistry as a team meaning they could end up like the title winning 2008 Celtics or the 7th seeded 2013 Lakers.

    Plus there this guy named Derrick Rose best point guard in the NBA and Former league MVP returning to the Chicago Bulls:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtj-D8HT9BY

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    If you want to bring up numbers, let’s talk about those that matter. The Bulls only averaged 88 points a game in the 2010-2011 postseason (last time Rose played for a full postseason). The Pacers averaged 91 in the postseason last season. They pushed the Heat to 7 games in the Conference Finals…a series they probably would’ve won if they had a true PG. The Pacers have better offensive options. The Bulls have Rose and a prayer that Deng, Butler, Boozer and everyone else will help him score. The Pacers have Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and David West…who can all be trusted when it’s time to get a basket.

    I love D-Rose. My favorite player to watch, but he’s not the best PG in basketball. He’s probably the best player who plays the PG position, but when it comes to what PGs do and ways to affect a game, Chris Paul is that dude. Rose doesn’t control the tempo of games the way Paul does. And he doesn’t have his vision or his passing ability.

  • straight cake

    If Miami were fully healthy the Pacers would not have pushed them to 7 games because at times they were inconsistent during that series and only won games when they absolutely had to even though they were banged up. I think Miami also underestimated Indiana and played down to their competition and then as usual when their threatened they become a dangerous team.

    Bulls are better than then they were in 2010-2011 and have always given Miami problems. They also have Jimmy Butler (he can guard Lebron) and Kirk Hinrich who Rose has not played with since his knee injury, their strong defense will still be there and they also improved their bench, Noah is a Top 5 Center,Taj Gibson can still develop and they still have a Top 5 coach in Thibs.

    Bulls just need to stay healthy for the postseason.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    The Heat didn’t play down to their competition. They met a team that they didn’t match up well with. The Pacers are the 2nd best team in the East. Miami knows that the only team that can push them and may be able to beat them is Indiana. And if it’s not them, then it’s Brooklyn because Chicago will still struggle to score in the playoffs unless Jimmy Butler comes back as Scottie Pippen.

    How does a team lose 4-1 in a series and you say that they’ve always given the team who beat them problems? Just not true. When a team wins a series 4-1, it means that it wasn’t too much of a struggle. Miami’s beaten Chicago 4-1 twice in the postseason when they’ve met. The Bulls play a rough physical game, but they haven’t put any real pressure on Miami in the playoffs at all. Jimmy Butler can’t contain LeBron James. He can make it tough on him, but that’s really it because James will still get his. Kirk Hinrich isn’t a star player. He’ll help on defense and maybe hit a few jumpshots, but he’s not really going to put Chicago over the top at all. Noah is a top 10 center in a league that really doesn’t have too many real centers at all anymore.

    The Bulls need more than health. They need a two guard who can help Rose out with the scoring and creating. They’ve needed it since they lost to Miami in 2011 and they still don’t have that guy. So unless LeBron James gets injured and can’t play, which I highly doubt will happen since it’s never happened, the Bulls still can’t beat Miami in a series.

  • straight cake

    In the 2012 playoffs Miami beat Indiana pretty much by playing 2-on-5 Basketball and they won in six games and Indiana had all there players healthy in that series. Plus that Bulls/Heat series in 2011 was much closer than you think because it had overtimes and came down to a few plays down the stretch where the best team won. There were no blowouts in that series.

    A team that struggles to score consistently and struggles to take care off the ball is some how going to beat Miami…I dont think so. Plus the Bulls might play the Pacers before the Pacers even get to Miami again in the playoffs.

    In regards to the Brooklyn Nets he makes really good points using statistics and analysis:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHntcHNJTOE

  • straight cake

    Rondo averaged more APG with much less talent last season so its some what possible for D-Will with the Nets.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Rondo’s assist total also has to do with him not being able to score nearly as well as Deron can. He passes up open shots too much. His first and second option is to pass. Different kind of player and PG.

  • straight cake

    Rondo can score just as good or even better than Deron just ask Lebron and the Heat when they had to deal with him in the playoffs.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    No. He can’t. One game where he scored 44? lol. That’s not nearly enough to prove anything other than he got hot one game.

  • straight cake

    Boston does not push Miami to 7 games in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals without Rajon Rondo and he played very well that series as well second best player on the court that series to Lebron James.

    Deron Williams has done nothing in the playoffs lately plus they lost in the first round to a Rose-less Bulls team. Where was his scoring ability in that series and never mind the fact he got shut down by Kirk Hinrich. Brooklyn should have won that series considering they also had home court advantage in game 7.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    …None of that proves that Rondo scores just as well as Deron Williams.

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