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Nets’ GM King believes in Deron Williams. Not that he has a choice.

Feb 12, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

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The Nets are invested in Deron Williams. He was the first star they got, trading with the Utah Jazz in a surprise move before they had moved out of New Jersey. They worked hard to keep him and gave him a max contract. Now he’s finally got some healthy other stars around him such as All-Star Brook Lopez, but make no mistake Williams is the face of the franchise.

And he just hasn’t been that good this year.

He hasn’t been bad — he averages 16.7 points a game and has an above average PER of 17.9 — but he has not been the guy once mentioned in the same breath with Chris Paul as the best point guard in the game. He hasn’t been nearly as explosive and since coming to the Nets he hasn’t shot better than the 41.7 percent he has this season, while in Utah he was regularly above 45 percent.

Now Williams is out through All-Star weekend to rest inflammation in his ankles, and he got the blood-spinning PRP treatment (the Kobe knee treatment) on those ankles.

People are down on D-Will, but Nets’ GM Billy King had his back in an interview with the New York Daily News. Not that he really has a choice — King is the guy who put the max contract offer in front of Williams last summer.

“Am I confident he’s going to get back to being Deron Williams? Yes.”

What is he supposed to say?

“You’re digging. You’re digging. And you’re asking valid questions, but (the inflammation to Williams’ ankles) is not a concern,” King said. “Kobe’s had the blood-platelet spinning on his knees, and guys have had it. It happens. So let’s not make this a bigger issue than it is. Let’s let him get through this, have a week off and get back to playing basketball. Let’s not put the dirt on him and say his career’s over at 28.”

So what is King holding out for? That the Nets will get healthy at the right time and make a surprise playoff run.

“You get in the playoffs, you’ve got a chance,” he said. “I look at the Boston Celtics last year, they were buried and they got to the conference final. This year, they were buried and now they’ve won 7 in a row. …I think the goal for us is to get back to playing good basketball.”

The Celtics play great defense. And they were only the four seed last year, by the way.

But what else is King going to say?

  1. mgscott - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Very average basketball team

    • money2long - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      not just average, but you say very average? what are we looking at, throughout all time?

    • money2long - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      because comparing them to the rest of the 29 teams, that is not very accurate of an assessment. they are definitely above the average bball team. average would be the bucks

  2. thetooloftools - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Yea, now just bring D. Howard in and you’ll never win anything. Williams nor Howard even remotely show ANY leadership skills.

  3. joshm5683 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Just because Kobe Bryant, 1 of the greatest of all time has had this treatment doesn’t mean everyone who gets this treatment will all of a sudden become great. Williams is a good PG, but was probably a tad overrated by everyone(including me, I thought he was pretty good) but he is what he is at this point…….

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