As we all know, the rookie Brooklyn Nets head coach has a rich history at the point guard position. Jason Kidd will ultimately go down as one of the top-five to ever play floor general. With that said, it makes sense that he is supporting and pushing his point guard to bounce back to the All-NBA caliber talent that he was just a few years ago.
Deron Williams landed with the Nets franchise before the new ownership, before Jason Kidd retired as a player, and before the team made the move to Brooklyn. When Williams joined the team in New Jersey, the supporting cast was sub-par to be nice. Now with the additions of talents such as Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry along with the already established Brook Lopez, Williams has no excuses not to produce.
Injuries have played a factor as well, as did extra weight that he added and Avery Johnson’s bland offense.
After signing autographs at a Nets’ merchandise store in Coney Island, Kidd talked about setting goals for his team, and in particular, his point guard.
“I’m going to push him. I want the best for him. 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.”
A season ago, Williams posted a mere 7.7 assists per game, the lowest since his rookie season. The last time that the Nets’ point guard posted double-digit assists was 2010-2011. However, that was the fourth consecutive season that he managed that number.