You may not associate the word "headcase" with Deron Williams yet, but you know what, it might be time to start.
First of all, there were reports that Williams was the one who ran Jerry Sloan, an all-time great coach, out of Utah when he was a member of the Jazz. Sloan had never had any problems with star players in the past. He coached Karl Malone and John Stockton to two finals appearances, and they both loved Sloan. Why were there issues with Williams?
Maybe all D-Will needed was a change of scenery.
Well, now he is a member of the Brooklyn Nets, and with the Nets now muddling along after a strong start, he has already criticized Avery Johnson, saying that Sloan's offense was actually a better fit for him. So, he is saying Johnson's offense is worse than the offense of a coach that he ran out of town a couple of years back?
Talk about ironic.
What Williams really needs to do is look in the mirror and accept the fact that he just isn't the same player anymore.
Since coming over to Brooklyn (then New Jersey) in 2011, Williams has shot a paltry 39.8 percent from the floor. That is exactly the percentage he is shooting this season. This year, Deron's 16.6 points per game are his lowest since 2006-07, and his eight assists per game are his lowest since his rookie campaign.
Here is another interesting stat for Williams. During his first three seasons in the league, he took an average of 2.7, 3.2, and 2.6 three-pointers per game, respectively. Let's fast-forward to last season and this year. During the 2011-12 campaign, D-Will took a whopping 6.2 threes per game. This season, he is taking 5.5 a contest.
Obviously, this signifies that Williams has lost some quickness and just does not have the explosiveness to get to the basket like he once did.
Williams is only 28, but he appears to already be going downhill. That's not his coach's fault.