Deron Williams has been quietly broadcasting his return to health early this season, but finally, the NBA is taking notice of the D-Will renaissance.
The Brooklyn Nets point guard was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the games played from Nov. 3-Nov. 9, marking the fourth POTW honor of his career.
D-Will led the Nets to a 3-1 record in that span with one loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and victories over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic and their crosstown rival, the New York Knicks.
He tallied 17 points and nine assists, including 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line in a 116-85 blowout victory over OKC. After that, he notched 19 points and six assists in a matchup with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio. To cap the week, he recorded 18 points, seven assists, four boards and two steals in a 104-96 win against the Magic.
The driving force behind his POTW honor, however, was his 29-point, six-assist outburst against the Knicks. Deron went 10-of-15 from the field, 2-of-3 from three and 7-of-10 from the line as his team cruised to a 110-99 triumph.
D-Will averaged 20.8 points, seven assists and 2.5 rebounds in 37.3 minutes per game while shooting 56.9 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free throw line.
This is the first time he has earned the honor since joining the Nets. He was last named POTW in November 2010 while with the Utah Jazz. He’s the first Net to take the award since Joe Johnson in March of last year. He was joined by fellow point guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who was named the West’s POTW.
“Before my injuries, I didn’t feel like anybody could stop me 1-on-1,” Deron said this week. “I just feel like if you put one person on me, it’s going to be hard to stop me, so I’m getting back to that. It’s just getting that confidence back.”
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- Deron Williams named Eastern Conference POTW (NY Daily News, Nov. 10, 2014)