For the first time in the preseason, all-star point guard Deron Williams played in a game for the Brooklyn Nets.
Williams supposedly had an “outside shot” in playing in Friday’ game. The eight-year veteran didn’t just play, but he played well. Williams scored 11 points on four-of-five shooting in 10 minutes as the Nets defeated the Miami Heat 108-87.
Williams injured his ankle while participating in offseason workouts in Utah.
He made three of his four three-point attempts, hitting all three makes in a row, dished two assists and had a steal.
Maybe the most impressive part of Williams’ night was how he pushed the tempo, something first-year head coach Jason Kidd wants his star to do.
Overall, it was a very positive night for Williams and the Nets and it looks like they will enter the season mostly healthy.
Veteran power forward Kevin Garnett got the night off to rest while Brooklyn’s other prized acquisition from the Boston Celtics, swingman Paul Pierce, looked sharp. Pierce scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 20 minutes.
LeBron James sat out the game for the Heat.
The Nets will start their season Wednesday in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.