How Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams Can Make Brook Lopez an All-Star
Brook Lopez is currently off to the best start of his career, and this type of production would put him in line to have the best season of his young career.
He's currently averaging 18.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 points per game. On top of that, he's shooting 57 percent from the floor.
All of this has been done in just 29 minutes, 6 seconds per game, the lowest of his career (discounting the five games he played in 2011-12).
Williams has the potential to make Lopez an All-Star.
Williams and Lopez have been executing the pick-and-roll to near-perfection over the first few games this season.
Lopez is the ideal candidate at center to run the pick-and-roll. He's 7' tall and capable of setting very strong picks. He's also pretty quick off the screen. This, and his athleticism in the paint, make him a perfect candidate for Williams.
Williams, the other half of the pick-and-roll, has the ability to draw the defense away during the play. He draws both defenders up, making it very easy for Lopez to make a break for the basket.
Williams' superb passing will also propel Lopez to more notoriety.
The two have been teammates since mid-way through the 2010-11 season, so Lopez is accustomed to Williams' ability to pass. The difference this season lies in the support system on offense.
With a few more players capable of scoring, defenses can't play as tight on just Williams and Lopez. Being that the defenses have to play a bit more spread out, Williams can capitalize and execute his great passes.
Williams has averaged 9.1 assists per game over the course of his career. While he's not the most flashy passer in the NBA, he knows how to feed his teammates the ball.
Though he's only averaging 7.7 assists per game this season, Williams could be encouraged to pass even more as the season progresses. With new weapons at his disposal—both in the starting lineup and on the bench—he could get comfortable looking to pass a little more than he shoots.
This would give Lopez even more opportunities to score.
Lopez and Williams have proven themselves to be a dynamic duo so far this season, and there's plenty of reason to expect more of the same in the coming months.
The more the two work together, the more comfortable they will get distributing the ball back and forth. With this in mind, we could see a lot of Williams-to-Lopez in 2012-13.
Lopez should be an all-star this season, and most of that will be because of the contributions of his point guard.
*All statistics as of Friday, November 16, 2012
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