A lot of fans down in Brooklyn are excited. The team has assembled a group of veterans that essentially has a one-year window to win it all and the expectations are sky-high. Future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd has been appointed as the team’s head coach and he will push the team’s leader Deron Williams next season.
Williams averaged just 7.7 assists per game — a respectable number, but not for Williams, as the number marks his lowest average since his rookie season. Kidd’s point of emphasis seems to be to get the elite point guard back to dishing and to averaging double-digit assists.
“I’m going to push him. I want the best for him,” Kidd said after signing autographs at the Nets’ 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.”
“You don’t want to take away from Deron’s freedom and creativity of putting pressure on the defense,” Kidd said. “And I thought he did a great job of that in the second half of last season. When he lost the weight, physically he felt better. His strength is when he’s in the open court. So we’ll definitely talk about that on the daily, about him making things happen without having to set the ball up.”
Many people have speculated as to why Williams wasn’t peforming quite as well as we are used to, but he did look siginificantly better after the All-Star break. With a locker room full of stars there is no reason Williams shouldn’t average a double-double next season.