The Brooklyn Nets have played well with Deron Williams coming off the bench in the last five games, but it’s not going to last forever as head coach Jason Kidd explained that eventually he will plug him back into the starting lineup.
“Well, the second group has been great when you look at the stats,” Kidd told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “We’ll continue to look at it, but at some point we’re going to have to get him back with that first group.”
Kidd has been going with a starting back court of Shaun Livingston, Alan Anderson and Joe Johnson which has worked well with Paul Pierce at the four and Kevin Garnett at the five. The second unit of D-Will, Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche, Mirza Teletovic and Jason Terry has also looked solid as well which is probably why this rotation has lasted so long.
Obviously D-Will would likely rather start, but he’s been getting more minutes than the Livingston-AA combo anyway so it’s not going to be an issue. He says that he hasn’t put much though into starting again. “We haven’t talked about it. I’m going with the flow,” he said.
Joe Johnson actually went as far as saying that D-Will has enjoyed coming off the bench.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to continue but I’ve kind of had a chance to sit and talk to him and he’s enjoying it,” Johnson said. “He’s seeing it from a different perspective. He gets a chance to sit back, see how the game is going, and then he’s able to go out and kind of put his stamp on it.”
Either way, he’s likely to go back soon. It could happen Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but if not then Saturday against the Indiana Pacers seems likely especially considering it is a back-to-back game.
D-Will has averaged 11.2 points with 8.2 assists and a 42.6 field goal percentage while playing 30.8 minutes a night in his five games from off the bench. He’s averaged 15.6 points with 8.5 rounds per 36 minutes with a 46.7 FG% overall.