If you just started following pro basketball within the last 3-4 years, you would have absolutely no idea that at one point in time Deron Williams (Dallas Mavericks PG) was considered the top point guard or definitely in the top 3-5 in the Association. Chris Paul and Deron Williams had a rivalry that was supposed to set the stage for some epic battles for the decade following their entrance into the NBA in 2005. Chris Paul has gone on to cement himself as the premier point guard of his generation, meanwhile Deron Williams has gone from perennial All-Star, to coach killer, to a complete afterthought. He seems to have left his best years in Utah and New Jersey, but pairing with future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki has certainly aided in Williams’s progression from franchise player, to sidekick.
Last night’s 31-point, 16-assist performance leave many D-Will fans and critics alike wondering what could have been. His shot was on the money, he pushed the ball with pace, made the defense uneasy with his handle and court vision — for a second I thought he was back in Utah. Williams has the body, the jump shot, and everything else a point guard needs to be elite. People have questioned his drive at times, but one thing is for certain, Deron Williams can BALL. Make no mistakes about it, injuries have robbed him of some peak years, but Deron Williams has left a lot to be desired as well. He seems to have found himself a comfortable place back home in Dallas, but as an admirer of his game early on, I hope that last night’s performance is more of a trend rather than a blip on the radar.