Deron Williams‘ falling from the elite point guard ranks in Brooklyn was a result of his injuries as well as his mental state, dialed in league sources told Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Another obstacle was the coaching changes during his time with the team. “The coaching rotating door really hurt him,” a person close to Williams said. “You had a different style offense and defense every year.”
Williams signed a two-year deal worth $10MM with the Mavs this summer and he shouldn’t have to deal with that particular problem in Dallas. The team employs Rick Carlisle, who is the third longest-tenured NBA coach, as Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors examined last month.
Here’s more from the Southwest Division:
- Williams will look to rebound from a dismal stint with the Nets, but not everyone is overly optimistic about his chances of recapturing the success he had earlier in his career, Berger writes in the same piece. “I don’t think he’ll be an All-Star again because of how good the West guards are,” one longtime executive told Berger. “I don’t think he’s a top-15 point guard right now, but I think he can eventually get there.”
- Jimmer Fredette believes he fits the system in San Antonio and is eager to earn a role on the team, Dick Harmon of the Deseret News writes. “I’m very excited about the upcoming season,” said Fredette. “I’m coming in with the expectation that I’m going to have to work as hard as I can to get playing time and work my way in the rotation. One thing I do know, if I’m on the team, they do give guys rests. So, I will have the opportunity to play and I think it is my type of basketball. I think I fit in the system really well, and I love the guys. They are really competitive, but they want to help you help them win games. I’m excited to be part of that kind of culture. I couldn’t ask for a better situation and I hope I can continue to work hard and play well.”