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Deron Williams criticized his coach’s offense, and then Avery Johnson was (very curiously) relieved of his position at the helm by the Brooklyn Nets. Johnson’s dismissal leads us to two questions about D-Will, who and what, is he?

What is he? Well sadly, he’s NOT the elite point guard we thought he was. These last two seasons, Deron Williams struggles have been attributed to a talentless New Jersey Nets cast, and a few injuries that have held him back. This year, even with a revamped roster and a healthy streak, he’s essentially having the worst season of his career, shooting a tepid 39.8 % from the floor and 29.5 % from the three-point line. Is that kind of production really a result of the system Avery Johnson put in place? An elite point guard like Chris Paul for example, is helping the Los Angeles Clippers ride a 17 game winning streak into the new year, working with the multiple pieces and varying lineups that Del Negro puts on the floor. And for arguments sake, Avery Johnson has to be at least on par, if not better, than Clippers’ coach Vinny Del Negro.

Who is Deron Williams? This one is up for debate somewhat, but Williams’ track record is not on his side. After making similar comments that forced Jerry Sloan to resign in Utah, Williams’ snide comments forced the hand of the Brooklyn Nets after signing him to a max contract this offseason. Right now, he’s a coach killer. The future will determine what his legacy will be, as the Nets are now 2-0 since Johnson’s firing, but right now Williams seems to be the venom in Brooklyn’s locker room. Fair or unfair, the finger of blame is falling squarely in Williams’ lap.
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