Has LeBron James retired from the NBA and Jason Kidd was the only one to know? No, seriously.
The extraordinarily confident sixth man, Jason Terry, and head coach Jason Kidd have belief that Deron Williams will be in the conversation as an NBA MVP candidate.
Two new members of the Nets, coach Jason Kidd and sixth man Jason Terry, have said Williams should be in the MVP conversation in 2013-14. And that has D-Will pumped up. [Bleacher Report]
After a mediocre first half of the 2012-2013 season, mostly due to bone spurs in his ankle, Deron Williams looked like his old self after the All-Star break — averaging 23 points, 8 assists, 49% field goal %, and 40% from three point land. The Nets won seven of their last nine games, largely due to Williams’ play. He nearly earned himself an All-NBA third team selection just on the second half. D-Will is getting excited about his coach’s confidence in him.
“It definitely excites me when they’re talking about you like that,” he told Bleacher Report. “I feel like if we’re winning and I’m playing well, it will take care of itself. I don’t get caught up too much into that stuff.” [Bleacher Report]
He certainly has an opportunity to receive consideration for the award that’s been won by LeBron James four out of five past years. This is the best collection of players D-Will has played with — Paul Pierce’s all around skillset, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez’s inside-out game, Jason Terry’s scoring punch, and Andrei Kirilenko’s craftiness.
A lot of stuff has to go right, large in part health. If Deron Williams’ ankle issues linger throughout the season, presuming his production is similar to the first half of the 2012-2013 season, Brooklyn’s championship aspirations and Deron Williams’ MVP candidacy aren’t rational outcomes.
Having said that, Deron Williams is in a position to major damage next season. Whether his ankle holds up remains to be seen.