Brooklyn Nets' point guard Deron Williams has battled ankle injuries for years, and it's been a big part of the reason he's gone from being one of the best point guards in the league -- arguably the best point guard in the NBA -- to being someone who is no longer an All-Star. After another disappointing season in which he couldn't lead his team to contending for the NBA championship, Williams is looking to get healthier to get back to the form we all remember.
The team announced Tuesday that Williams had successful surgery on both ankles and will be back and ready in time for training camp at the end of September/early October. The surgery was performed by the Nets' foot and ankle specialist, removing spurs from the front and back of Williams' ankles. From the team's press release:
Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams underwent successful surgery today on both ankles, General Manager Billy King announced today. The surgery was performed by Nets' foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Martin O'Malley.
“The arthroscopic surgery performed today on Deron's left ankle included the removal of spurs from the front and back of the ankle, as well as a cleaning out of his ankle joint,' said Dr. O'Malley. “In addition, Deron underwent a procedure on his right ankle to remove a loose bone fragment that was below his right ankle joint. Deron is expected to be on crutches for 4-6 weeks and then begin rehabilitation. He is scheduled to begin light court activities in August, which will progress to full basketball activities in September. Deron is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the beginning of training camp.”
Williams played in just 64 games this season, averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 assists in 32.2 minutes. Those were the lowest averages in points, assists, and minutes for Williams since his rookie season. He's had multiple ankle injuries that limit his explosiveness and effectiveness over the last few seasons, and seems to only get real relief and progress when he undergoes multiple treatments on the ankles.
He just completed the second year of a five-year, $98 million contract he signed in the 2012 offseason. The Nets still owe Williams over $62 million over the next three seasons.