It’s been two games since Deron Williams re-injured his ankle and the Brooklyn Nets have looked completely lost without him as they lost both games to the Clippers on Saturday and then the Trail Blazers on Monday. D-Will is expected back on Wednesday against the Bobcats though as he told reporters that he feels “great” and expects to play.
D-Will has played in just eight of the Nets 10 games this season. He’s averaged 14.2 points and 9.2 assists per 36 minutes with an effective field goal percentage of 48.0 during those games. That’s fewer points and a lower shooting percentage compared to last season, but with more assists.
Williams has been limited in his effectiveness as he’s battled ankle problems since the offseason. He practically missed all of training camp with a sprained ankle and has been limited to just 25.4 minutes per game compared to 36.4 last season. At this point, he’s playing fewer minutes than he did when he was a rookie.
Shaun Livingston has taken his place in the two games that he’s been out and has been the best Net on the court in the two games D-Will missed. The problem is that Tyshawn Taylor is horrible defensively and has been a real liability as Livingston’s backup.