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Deron Williams not impressing anyone in Europe so far

Oct 6, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia Getty Images

Deron Williams has not looked good. At all.

There is no sugar coating it. A few games in playing for Turkish side Besiktas, the biggest name in the NBA to sign overseas has not impressed anyone.

Williams led Besiktas into the EuroCup last week, which is a second tier tournament that took place in Belgium, and he had 7 points on 3 of 13 shooting with 6 turnovers. The man who should dominate at this level watched his team get eliminated fast.

Days before that in D-Will’s debut for Besiktas he was 3 for 15 shooting.

The man the Nets are talking about building around is getting bumped around, reports the New York Times. The physical play allowed in Europe seems to throw Williams off his game.

Asked if he was still adjusting to the European game, Williams said: “I mean, I’ve played in a lot of European basketball. I’ve played in the Olympics. But this is definitely different. The way the reffing has been going has been different for me, but I’ve got to adjust.”

Williams also looks out of shape, tweeted Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, something echoed by others watching the feed of the game.

It is all something that should concern Nets fans. It in no way is time to panic — he’s playing his way into shape and getting his skills sharp just being out on the court — but it’s something to watch. After playing through injuries last season and missing the end of the year, Williams is still trying to find his groove.

  1. therealhtj - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Or maybe, just maybe, he never actually planned on suiting up for them? But now that the lockout actually dragged on this far, he’s had to put his money where his mouth is and lace ’em up. So now he’s playing just to not get hurt and risk the 30 or so million guaranteed he’s still got waiting for him stateside.

    And as for New Jersey worrying about him and how he’s playing? They shouldn’t – any with half a clue knows there’s no way he’s sticking around.

  2. Josh - Oct 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Ricky Rubio is somewhere smiling .

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