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.