Found August 27, 2013 on NY Sports 24/7:
Every NBA point guard needs a mentor. A guy that they can look up to as an example to follow, modeling themselves after whomever that may be to become the best player they can be. For Deron Williams, he’ll see his mentor every day. He’ll have him in his ear constantly, pushing him to be the best, wanting him to succeed. Williams is in that rare position where his mentor is his head coach. Jason Kidd has been through the same things that Williams has and will be through. Kidd, throughout his career, was an on-court maestro, the director of his team’s movie. Kidd was the quintessential all-around point guard, who could rebound, pass and, later in his career at least, shoot the three with some effectiveness. Kidd has now made it clear that he’s going to push his friend Williams to be the best he can be, saying he wants him to “get back to double-digit assists”. 2010-2011 was the last time Williams averaged that, a season that he split between Utah and New Jersey. His first full season in New Jersey, he averaged 8.7. Last year, his first in Brooklyn, he went down by one full assist, finishing with 7.7. This season, the 6’3 209 pound floor general has four guys who can all score alongside him in the starting five. Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce have made their careers off getting the ball in the basket, Kevin Garnett is an all-time great and one of the best big man midrange shooters ever and Brook Lopez can step out and hit from 10-15 feet. With Kidd emphasizing that he wants Williams to get back to double-digit assists, it means he wants him to get back to distributing the ball better. In Boston, when Rajon Rondo had Pierce, Garnett, and Ray Allen, he was always among the league leaders in assists. One of the best passers in all the NBA, Rondo used his great vision and passing ability to get his Hall of Fame teammates open looks. Williams has proven that he can distribute the ball – his career assist average is 9.0 – and, just like Rondo, combining great passing ability with having scorers around you is a huge plus. Williams really has a luxury in having a Hall of Fame point guard as his coach, too. With people questioning the Nets lack of heart last season, Kidd pushing Williams is a great thing – especially when he’s pushing the star, the leader, the floor general. Kidd once upon a time was the star, the leader, the floor general of his teams. He now has a desire to make Deron Williams play that same role. The best possible fit indeed.
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