Three years ago, while still in Utah, Deron Williams had a breakout season, establishing himself as one of the elite point guards in the league. Williams’ complete skill set finally earned him league-wide recognition, making him an All-Star 3 years in a row. This year his All-Star streak could come to an end, at least if you believe Williams himself.
According to an ESPN report, Williams had this to say of his chances to earn his fourth selection in a row:
“I just think there’s people playing better than me,”
“I haven’t taken a break since before I went to Istanbul [in 2011, during the lockout],”
It is true that Williams might have worked too much, taking little time off basketball, which also reflects in his numbers.
Williams is averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds this season, compared to last year’s 21 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
With the addition of Joe Johnson to the Nets froncourt, it is only natural that Williams doesn’t get as many looks on offense, averaging 13.6 shot attempts (17.5 last season).
Although it is unlikely that Williams will be an All-Star starter this season, as he is trailing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade by over 325,000 votes, he could still be voted in as a reserve by the coaches.
Most people expect sophomore Kyrie Irving, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, to make his All-Star debut this season, as he is averaging 23 points and 5.6 assists per game. Jrue Holiday, of the Philadelphia 76ers, is also having a great year, but with Derrick Rose being out of the conversation this year, the competition in the East is not particularly tough beyond those names.
What do you think? Does Williams deserve to be an All-Star this year, or are there other players who would deserve it more? Let us know in the comment section below.
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