Deron Williams and Joe Johnson will need to improve their shooting for the Nets to reach their potential.credit: nydailynews.com
After deciding to re-sign with the Nets for the long-term during the offseason, point guard Deron Williams has yet to find his shooting touch. In 23 games, D-Will is only shooting 39% from the field, and 30% from the three-point line.
With their two best players struggling mightily, Williams and Joe Johnson, the Nets sit at 13-10.
At this point, D-Will claims that his struggles are mostly mental. Via the New York Daily News:
People around Deron Williams keep telling him that he’s going to snap out of his slump, that he’s too good to be this bad and he shouldn’t stop hoisting jumpers.
Williams, however, has exhausted all explanations for what has become his three-season romance with inefficiency.
“I think it’s mostly mental with me. It’s become mental,” Williams said recently. “I’ve tried getting up extra shots, I’ve tried not shooting so I don’t think about it. I tried shooting before games, not shooting before games, so I hopefully I snap out of it.”
If you’re a Nets fan, I guess this has to be good news. You’d rather your star player admit that his shooting woes are mental than physical.
For the Nets to be true contenders, Williams and Johnson need to play like they’ve proven they can. For two established players, it’s hard to imagine that their shooting won’t improve over the course of the long season.
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