The Brooklyn Nets announced Thursday afternoon that Deron Williams would be undergoing surgery on both his ankles on May 27th.
Williams hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to injuries during his time in Brooklyn. And The Brooklyn Game put together a nice outline of how many times Williams has been hampered by injuries during his time as a Net (since Feb 2011).
On March 18, 2011, Williams injured his right wrist in a 110-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He was placed on the injured list with a strained tendon in his right wrist two days later amid whispers the Nets were shutting him down for the season. He returned to the active lineup on March 31st.
On April 6th, 2011, he was placed again on the injured list, with the official report a “sore right wrist” that would keep him out for the season. On April 11th, 2011, Williams underwent surgery on that wrist to remove bone fragments and scar tissue.
Williams wouldn’t miss any more games until January 4th, 2012, sitting out with sore ribs. Also my favorite Fred Kerber tweet ever.
From March 10th through 16th, 2012, Williams missed four games with a right calf injury.
Williams returned for a month before missing five more games from April 16th to April 26th, ending his 2011-2012 year year.
On October 27th, 2012, Williams said he might need offseason surgery on his left ankleafter receiving a cortisone shot to lessen inflammation in the ankle. He sat out two practices.
On November 1st, 2012, Nets general manager Billy King downplayed bone spurs in Williams’s ankle, saying they’d get cleaned out after the season.
Williams sat out December 26th, 2012 with a sore right wrist. Nets coach Avery Johnson was fired the next day.
On February 11th, 2013, Williams officially went on the injured list with an ankle injury, undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment and cortisone shots on both ankles heading into the All-Star Break. He also reportedly did a detoxifying juice cleanse. He returned to the active roster on February 19th.
On February 17th, 2013, Jerry Colangelo said that Deron Williams was “unfit” during the Olympics that summer.
On February 23rd, 2013, it was reported that Williams had received at least eight injections on his ankles in the last four months.
On March 17th, 2013, finally healthy, Williams admits that his ankles “felt like s—.”
On April 15th, 2013, Williams was placed on the injured list with a left knee injury. He was re-activated two days later in time for the playoffs.
On September 18th, 2013, the Nets announced that Williams had sprained his right anklewhile working out at his home in Utah within the month. He was fitted for a walking boot and was expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp, but did not return to contact in practice until October 22nd, and did not play until the team’s last preseason game on October 25th.
Three weeks later, Williams missed 11 games between November 16th and December 7th with a sprained left ankle. He originally injured the ankle on November 15th, returning to the Nets on November 20th and re-spraining the ankle on a bad fall. He was officially listed as day-to-day each day.
Williams missed three games between January 6th and 10th, 2014, telling team doctors hefelt pain in the ankle. Following an MRI, the team officially diagnosed him with a sprained left ankle.
The team officially put Williams on the IL on January 11th to undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment and cortisone shots. He missed the team’s week-long trip to London and was re-activated on January 20th. He came off the bench for six games before returning to the starting lineup.
Williams missed 18 games this season for the Nets and averaged 14.3 points and 6.1 assists per game — his lowest point and assist production since his rookie season (2006).