SH Blog: Deron Williams: “There’s people playing better than me;” Heat fan suing Popovich

It seems Deron Williams was very candid about his play and his likely spot in the 2013 All-Star game during pregame media availability tonight at the Barclays Center.

Tim Bontemps of the New York Post with the news:

Deron Williams has played like an All-Star for the past two weeks. But the Nets point guard said before Tuesday night’s game against the Raptors that he shouldn’t be headed to Houston next month based on his play over the course of the entire season.

“No,” Williams said bluntly when asked if he was having an All-Star season. When asked to elaborate, he simply said, “I just think there’s people playing better than me.”

Since the calendar turned to 2013, Williams has been terrific, averaging 19.5 points, 8.3 assists and shooting almost 47 percent from the field heading into the game against Toronto in Brooklyn. For the season, he’s averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 assists, both of which would be his lowest totals since his second season in the league.

Colleague Chris Bernucca was on Williams’ case a couple weeks back, but Williams’ coach, P.J. Carlesimo, apparently disagrees:

PJ jokingly said that Deron needs to “work on his answers” when asked about his All-Star comments.
Tim Bontemps

Williams hasn’t had the most impressive season of his career statistically, especially shooting the ball from the perimeter… But in the wake of Avery Johnson’s riddance from the Nets on December 27th, the Nets have collectively picked up their play and stand at 22-15 heading into their matchup with Toronto tonight.

Williams surely deserves some credit for the team’s turnaround, but perhaps he has a point. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday and pre-injury Raymond Felton all merit consideration.


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