Debate's Over: Deron Williams is the Best Point Guard
Is anyone in the NBA playing better at "the one" right now than Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz? No!
This season, the University of Illinois product has certainly surpassed the point guard he's most often compared to: New Orleans' Chris Paul. CP3 has battled injuries this season and the Hornets didn't even make the postseason. Tony Parker is past his prime. Steve Nash is still transcendent (on offense anyway, not so much on defense). Chauncey Billups simply doesn't measure up to Williams. And Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings and Rajon Rondo aren't there yet.
Williams is looking like one day he'll end up with a better career than the guy most scouts compared to when he came into the league - Jason Kidd.
Yes, I know this reads like a "I have a deep man-crush on Deron Williams" type of column. Except this blog was triggered by recent comments made by Williams himself.
"It's stupid," Deron said of people who made a fuss about his recent comments calling himself the best point guard in the NBA. "I've said it before. I mean, I don't know how many times I've been asked that, and now it gets blown out of proportion."
"If you are a competitor, you are going to think you are the best at something," Williams said. "It's as simple as that. That's how you keep your edge. That's how you stay focused, stay sharp.
This postseason, Williams became the first player in NBA history to start a playoff series with five straight games scoring at least 20 points and dishing at least 10 assists. Only Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson, other than Williams himself accomplished four.
"Those guys are legends, man. It's great to be mentioned with them. I'm honored, but there's really no comparison," Williams said.
Part of what makes Williams just so good, and I mean soooooooooo good, is the fact that he plays the game with a chip on his shoulder. The last few years, he's been out to redeem the All-Star snub, and he's progressed from Carlos Boozer's second banana to indisputable Utah team leader and top gun. He's also changed the whole dynamic of the Deron Williams vs. Chris Paul debate. And it's an honest debate when you consider that Paul plays the exact same position and was taken one pick behind Williams in 2005.
In college at Illinois, Williams was overshadowed by teammate Dee Brown, who went on to have a cup of coffee in the NBA, and that's it.
In high school he was a kind of second banana to Bracey Wright, who went on to end up as Indiana's 15th all-time leading scorer. That's the extent of Wright's accomplishments. He's with Base Oostende in Europe these days.
So keep doubting Williams and he'll keep proving you wrong. Look at the progress of his career, he maybe the best Illini pro of the modern era already, as no other former Illinois baller in the past 50 years has made to onto Team USA and an NBA All-Star team.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.