Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 3:12:00 PM with No comments
Plagued by ankle injuries, poor conditioning and run-ins with coaches Avery Johnson and Jason Kidd, it's widely believed that Williams' contract far outweighs his on-court value. The Nets point man averaged 14.3 points per game and just 6.1 assists per contest which was his worst output since his rookie year.
Williams missed 18 games in 2014 due to injury and underwent yet another ankle surgery this offseason. During his time in Utah, Williams didn't see eye-to-eye with Jerry Sloan which ultimately led to the head coach's resignation. Upon being traded to the Nets, Williams was hobbled by ailments to his wrist and ankles, while often criticizing the lack of fan support in New Jersey.
In the 2014 playoffs, Williams went scoreless and shot 0-for-9 from the field in a pivotal Game 2 loss against the Miami Heat. Once regarded as one of the league's premier point guards and a highly coveted superstar, Williams has quickly plummeted down the player rankings and is now an afterthought in the minds of fans and general managers alike.
Whether it's his lack of conditioning, poor body language or inability to work well with his coaches, 2014 could be Williams' last chance to prove his naysayers wrong and finally evolve into the leader the Nets franchise so desperately needs.