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Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:09 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 11:58 am
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Williams has been recalled by the Nets.

Mostly, when a young player is sent to the D-League, it's about what the "D" stands for - development. But that wasn't the case for Nets guard Terrence Williams.

Because of issues with being late, Williams was sent to the D-League. Coach Avery Johnson says it was about giving him the opportunity to play, but most agreed it was a punishment of sorts aimed to give Williams a wake-up call.

But in his time in the D-League, Williams has absolutely torn up the world in the three games he's played with the Springfield Armor. He notched triple-doubles in his first two outings and in his most recent game Sunday against the Maine Red Claws, he scored 36 points, pulled in nine boards and handed out seven assists.

In the three games, Williams is averaging 28.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 1.3 steals a game. I guess sometimes it's not hard to tell when one is not like the other. Williams is clearly an NBA-level talent. But it's his head that's keeping him out of it.

With the Nets, Williams has been squeezed. He hasn't played much this season averaging just 19.9 minutes a game in eight appearances. He was drafted 11th overall out of Louisville in 2009 and seen as a player capable of exactly what he's doing in the D-League. But because of this recent issue, plus some odd exchanges he's had on Twitter, it's been easy to wonder where Williams' head is at.

Clearly his basketball ability isn't in question. He's one of the most athletic shooting guards in the league, had mid-range touch, great vision and the ability to be an above-average defender. Put all of that together and it's easy to scratch your head wondering why he's not playing in front of Anthony Morrow or even Travis Outlaw at small forward.

The Nets are in desperate need of playmakers and Williams can be exactly that for them. Maybe his stint in the D-League will show him what a player he can be and maybe get his head straightened a bit. Because he has the ability for sure. But it's a matter of if he has the head.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:26 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League


Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:15 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League


Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:03 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

Look man this man has not done anything illegal and it looked like Johnson had a person vandetta against him. It wouldnt be the 1st time a coach punished a player for no acceptable reason and how is sending him down to the D-League going to "develop character". He was already humbled by suspension and benching. So let the man play thats all im saying. We dont know T-Will personally so how can me assume that he has character issues. Last year they were sayin he is a hard working player so how can he have character issues now.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 2:03 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

Please come to the Bucks.  I will take anyone that can shoot a basketball, Terrence Williams, Jodie Meeks, the kid down the street, anyone.  John Salmons is terrified at driving to the lane and scared to put up a jumper.  Scott Skiles is too much of a moron to put Maggette at the 2.  Anyone, please, just walk into Bucks practice and make some buckets.

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:59 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

Playing for the Nets is the same as being in the D-league.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:09 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

Its a priviledge to play basketball for a living?   Terrence has the right to work anywhere he wants to within the law as long as an employer wants him. 

You have it wrong.  You meant to say Terrence should be gracious in being able to play basketball for a living.  Being thankful for the talent in his DNS, thankful that his work put in has translated into opportunities and successes catapulting him into the NBA.

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:59 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

Yeah, why bother developing a player's character, right? Talent is the only thing that matters in sports, as shown by the fact that there has never been a talented headcase who didn't make it...
I really hope your comment was sarcastic knicks09, because it would take a serious lack of understanding to actually believe what you posted.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:48 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

This was the best thing for him. Kids need to see that playing basketball for a living is a privilege not a right. Too bad Avery Johnson doesn't coach other players that need help. This kind of discipline is needed throughout sports because of the "I'm above the law attitiude". Good for your Avery, and hopefully good for Terrance.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:32 pm

Terrence Williams is destroying the D-League

I hate seeing talented players like Terrence Williams being put in a position where they cant be sucessful. This is a super-talent. Avery Johnson has not been transparent about his rationale for T-Will being in the D-League. You can he is a bad person or he has a bad attitude but that is a lot of players in professional sports. I don't if it is personal or not but Terrence Williams is an NBA player. The Nets are losing and they need him. T-Will on the court plays hard every game and was a rapidly improving rookie in the second half of last season. The Nets are going nowhere so T-Will needs to be back at the 3 spot TOMORROW.

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