As the Brooklyn Nets have started to turn around since the firing of Avery Johnson, Deron Williams seems to be realizing that he's having a down season, and shouldn't be included in the All-Star Game.
Williams has been confident in his abilities throughout his career, but he's very realistic this season, and he doesn't think he's been good enough to make it to the All-Star Game (via ESPN):
I just think there's people playing better than me.
Nets head coach, and Johnson replacement, P.J. Carlesimo seems to think that Williams has been good enough this year, probably to avoid another Latrell Sprewell incident.
I consider Deron an All-Star. ... I think he’s playing very well.
Well, if Carlesimo is basing Williams' campaign on his time as the head coach, then he's dead-on. Williams is averaging 17.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 45 percent from the field and 45 percent from the three-point line, all while the team has won eight of nine games.
Even those numbers seem to be a bit down for what he's done when he was at the peak of his career.
For the season, Williams is averaging 17 points, 7.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and a steal, while shooting just 40.9 percent from the floor and 32.8 percent from the three-point line.
With All-Star starters to be announced later this week, Williams was last reported to be third in All-Star voting in the Eastern Conference backcourt voting, meaning he's going to have to rely on the coach's selection to make it.
As he's picked up the pace, or at least the efficiency, in the past few weeks, he's got a chance to turn his season around a bit before the reserves are announced.
If Williams is able to continue on the pace that he's been on for the past eight games, then he might be a bit more deserving, but as of right now he's looking like the fifth-best Eastern Conference guard, at the very best.
Ahead of him lie two young up-and-comers at different stages of hype, Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday.
While Irving his just taking another step up the ladder (and will most likely grab a reserve spot), Holiday is having the best year of his career.
At this time, it seems incredibly likely that the coaches will overlook the big name of Williams and give Holiday the credit he has earned, as he's been better than Williams in every category, albeit for a slightly worse team.
The coming weeks will tell us whether or not Williams' analysis of his game holds up or not, but in the end I'm putting my money on him making the All-Star Game, deserving or not.
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