Is Deron Williams a System Player or a Legitimate NBA Superstar?

December 18th, 2012 by Ethan Sherwood Strauss Leave a reply »
Deron Williams is stirring up some controversy after getting questioned about his poor shooting this season. Deron slighted his current offense relative to the Utah version, saying to the New York Post:

It's just more 1-on-1 isos. I grew up ... in high school, my coach wasn't one of those guys that just let us just throw out the balls and play. We were a system team. We had a staple of plays that we relied on for good execution. In college [at Illinois], we ran a motion offense, a lot of cutting, a lot passing, a lot of screening and making the extra passes. I'm used to just movement. So I'm still trying to adjust. It's been an adjustment for me. But it's coming along.

I'm sure that this quote, combined with Williams' similar statements to Howard Beck of the New York Times ("That (Utah) system was a great system for my style of play") will provoke some outrage among NBA fans everywhere. Regardless of what happened in Utah, Williams is seen as at least somewhat at fault for the split between himself and Jerry Sloan. 

Since Williams is the one casting blame on the system for his .388 field-goal percentage, he's begging the question himself: ...

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