Deron Williams was criticized a lot this season, whether for his poor performances or whether for his 'attitude' and body language. No one however can deny that he has been brilliant in February. He has been, without doubt, what we all expected of him when he got here.
First of all, here are his stats for February:
He's scoring 25.7ppg in February, second only to Russel Westbrook at the point guard position, in a situation where he's the first-option scorer (thus he does not have the best scorer in the NBA who gets all the attention). Despite having a poor start to the season, he's still the 9th best scorer in the NBA (4th best for February and 2nd best in the last 10 games)and he dishes out 3 more assists per game than Westbrook, who is the only better scoring point guard (Westbrook scores 1.4ppg more, 3 asts count at least 6 points more). He's scoring career best at 22.2ppg and almost 27ppg in the last 10 games and almost 30ppg in the last 5.
True, his assists are the worst in his career since his sophomore year, and the TOs are the worst as well. In no way these are excusable, but considering that the turnovers could mean less assists since he has really no one to pass to but Morrow and Humphries for an assist who could really catch the ball and score, these number should go down with Lopez coming back in. Imagine DWill playing with Howard. And by the way, Jeremy Lin is leading the league in TOs with 5.2 per game.
Deron Williams is an allstar and he's playing like one. In the last 10 games, he was one of the NBA's best players. Despite our record, the Nets have the 10th best backcourt in the NBA as far as efficiency rating in the last 10 games. If Deron Williams continues to play like this, with our without Howard, things are looking good.