2012 Olympic Basketball: Deron Williams Is Better Fit Than Chris Paul
LeBron James and Team USA have been destroying the opposition at the 2012 London Olympics.
Yet the issue is that team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski can't get enough of point guard Chris Paul. The reality is that Deron Williams is clearly the better player, and Coach K couldn't be making a bigger mistake.
For one, Paul and the Americans have gotten out to sluggish starts against teams they should outright dominate.
These first two games against France and Tunisia have been victories for the United States, but the team has failed to get out to quick starts. At the end of the first quarter against France, USA held a 22-21 lead. Against Tunisia, a team that on paper stood no chance against these gold-medal favorites, the USA was up just 13 at halftime.
The major reason for these incredibly poor opening minutes for Team USA is the play at the point guard position.
Through two games, it is clear Coach K has given significantly more minutes to Paul than Williams. Clearly, CP3 is the primary PG option for this team. However, upon giving Paul the extra minutes, he has failed to produce.
Against France at the start of the Games, the two actually both received 20 minutes of playing time. In those 20 minutes, Paul posted five points on 2-for-4 shooting, had one rebound, two assists and recorded two turnovers. Meanwhile, Williams had just three points on just 1-for-6 shooting, but had four rebounds and six assists in the contest.
Talk about a discrepancy.
This was followed by a win over Tunisia, in a game which Coach K elected to give Paul nearly 10 more minutes than Williams on the floor. As a result, Paul posted two points on 2-for-4 shooting, had one rebound, dished out three assists and posted three turnovers.
How did Williams perform?
In just 15 minutes of play, Williams had nine points on 3-for-5 shooting, four assists and failed to commit a single turnover. It was clear that Williams was the outright better point guard for the team, and Team USA began to score whenever he took the floor.
Williams is a big body at the position that controls the game significantly better in this international competition. Paul is far too small, and it is nearly impossible for him to find lanes to the basket. This is clearly why Williams is able to put up the better figures and run the offense with more fluidity.
When looking at the figures through two games, it is clear that Williams has to be the starting point guard for this team going forward. Paul may continue to get the nod, but it's Coach K's responsibility to take notice of the risk he makes in doing so.
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