There was a time when Deron Williams was considered by some as the best point guard in the league. So, basically, he would be a shoo-in for the All-Star game.
But ever since he got to the Nets, it hasn’t been all good for Williams. He has struggled from the field and was even accused of getting coach Avery Johnson fired.
This decline by Williams has taken him out of the conversation as the best point guard in the league. In fact, it’s probably taken him out of even the Top 5 Point Guards conversation.
And he’s noticed it. He was asked about whether he should make the All-Star game this season. Here’s Mike Mazzeo from ESPN New York.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is a three-time All-Star.
But he doesn’t think he has done enough this season to merit a fourth selection.
“I just think there’s people playing better than me,” he said Tuesday.
Williams also reiterated that he’s been fatigued and that he hasn’t taken a break since he played in Istanbul, Turkey during the lockout. And, as mentioned before, he wasn’t a fan of Avery Johnson’s offense, preferring Jerry Sloan’s flex offense in Utah.
While there may be excuses here and there, Williams has played better under P.J. Carlesimo. He’s averaged 17.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in the last nine games. Under Carlesimo’s guidance and Williams’ improved play, the Nets are 8-1. Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade are likely going to win the starting spots in the All-Star team but other guys like Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday are having better statistical seasons than Williams. But since the Eastern Conference is devoid of outstanding backcourt players, Deron can probably still make a case for making the midseason exhibition.
Yes, there are some guys that have played better than the Nets point guard. But sometimes, that won’t have anything to do with All-Star selection. Someone is always going to be squeezed out or snubbed in the selection process. And that someone could be some of the other guys I mentioned in favor of Deron Williams.