Apr 25, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) celebrates a basket during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Deron Williams with the crossover step-back (video)

It was a tough season for Brooklyn Nets’ point guard Deron Williams.

He was in and out of the lineup with various injuries and even toyed with the idea of coming off of the bench at one point (as did Paul Pierce, but other injuries, among other things, brought both veterans back into the starting five).

Williams averaged just 14.3 points, 6.1 assists  and 2.6 rebounds per game, a far cry from the player that recently made a realistic claim to being the best point guard on basketball.

On Friday, in the Nets’ pivotal game 3 against the Toronto Raptors, Williams looks a little more like the Williams of old, putting up 20 points and dishing out seven assists through three quarters.

He’s done an excellent job getting his teammates involved and has perhaps done an even better job of creating for himself.

His crossover and step-back jumper can be used as evidence.

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