Would You Want Deron Williams?

In the spring of 2009, Deron Williams was the best point guard in the NBA. His 21.1 PER, his 10.7 assists per game, his ungodly assist percentage of 47.8, his 19.4 points per game on 47% shooting, and his leading his team into the playoffs said so. Williams had the advantage over every other point guard…

Deron Williams Homecoming: One and Done?

Deron Williams has decided to opt-out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The last time Deron Williams was an unrestricted free agent he was pursued from coast to coast with all sentences beginning with 100 million. Those days are long past for the Dallas point guard who has not played a 70…

Deron Williams: Now What?

For Deron Williams, last season mercifully ended with a playoff defeat in Brooklyn, his transplanted home. There the metaphor lay. Nothing about Brooklyn was home, was comfortable, was peaceful, was happy. Even as Williams was thoroughly outplayed by Jeff Teague in game six, he (and everyone else) had a sense of what was coming next,…

Prokhorov’s Ownership Has Been A Nets Disaster

Mikhail Prokhorov, the man who made his billions in the metal industry, and who bought the New Jersey Nets in 2010 and then said they would be title contenders in three years, fired his head coach, Lionel Hollins. Given Prokhorov’s resume, this is the least surprising of the moves he has greenlighted in order to…

Deron Williams Returns But Was He Really Here?

Deron Williams will be a stranger tonight. He will wear the uniform of the Dallas Mavericks. He will walk into Barclays with a beard that covers his face but not his Brooklyn wounds; he didn’t make it here. He failed. He was given up on. He was maligned and vilified in the press. No amount…

Everyone Doubting Jarrett Jack

Three years ago, Jarrett Jack had a career year with the Golden State Warriors. His job was to replace Steph Curry and make something happen. Logging thirty minutes, Jack scored from the perimeter, controlled the pace of the game, averaged 6 assists coming off the bench, scored 13 points, was the spark for a Mark Jackson…

Deron Williams Back Where It Started

In his last game of the 2014-15 season, Deron Williams fluctuated between looking ordinary and being ordinary. The invisibility of his game was a striking contrast to what he used to be. On this night there was no hint of the Olympian and the All-Star. He was just an average player trying to keep his…

The Tortured Brooklyn Demise and Fading Light of Deron Williams

Now that the Brooklyn Nets have gone through extraordinary lengths to purge Deron Williams from their roster both Brooklyn and Williams can go back to their ordinary lives as if these past three years have been one of those invisible things you don’t remember because, frankly, nothing was accomplished. With Williams in Brooklyn the Nets…