Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has still been productive this season, but he hasn't been the player he's been in years past. Part of the problem may be the fact that he hasn't had a break. Williams essentially played the entire 2011-12 season, played in the Summer Olympics, then began the 2012-13 season.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News suggests that the constant play has worn Williams down. Williams, when asked about that possibility, did not disagree.
“I didn’t take any time off. After last season, I never stopped working out. After the Olympics, the day I got back I worked out the next morning,” Williams said. “I thought it was the best thing to do, and now looking back, it probably would have been smarter to take some time off and get a little bit of rest, especially on my legs, and my ankles in general."Williams is averaging 16.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. However, he has averaged 17.5 points per game and 9.1 assists per game in his career. Last night, Williams was completely ineffective. He had just eight points and two assists in the game.
Despite Williams struggles, he has still been able to lead the Nets to a solid season. Brooklyn is 16-15 and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. They proved earlier in the season, though, that they are better than a near-.500 team. If Williams can shake off his funk, he may be able to spark the team back to a string of wins and put them closer to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.