It's been a pretty rocky start to their first season in Brooklyn for Deron Williams and the Nets. After a 14-14 start, the team decided to fire head coach Avery Johnson, and even a shiny new arena and uniforms can't mask the disappointment of Williams' performance so far.
When the Nets dealt for Williams and his expiring contract, they were able to get the reward from their risk when he decided to re-sign with them this offseason.
Having him in the backcourt with the newly acquired Joe Johnson and with other solid contributors like Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez, this team looked poised to do some damage. That hasn't been the case thus far, as no one on the team has really stepped up to get the wheels rolling in Brooklyn.
Williams, however, is more than capable of doing so, and he's definitely the top candidate to lead this team back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Part of Williams' struggles so far may have had to do with the system Avery Johnson had in place as head coach, which may have been a factor in his firing.
Whatever the reason for the early struggles, Williams has shown he is talented enough to turn it around and bounce back into form as an elite point guard in the league. The Nets need a leader to emerge, and I'd put my money on Deron Williams, who should really benefit from a change of pace in the coaching staff.