Wednesday, May 30

Dead But Gold: Deron Williams' First Playoff Run

Deron Williams' First Playoff Run
April 21, 2007 - May 30, 2007

It was a good run, but it had to end some time. The San Antonio Spurs finally disposed of the hopeful Jazz in a 109-84 thrashing at home. My prediction was off by a game, but a series win is a series win. All I have to say is forget about all that. That's not even the story. We can put the whole series in the bottom part of the back page of an underground newspaper company located in the jungles of South Africa. Save for one glimmering light: Deron Williams.

Sure, Carlos Boozer was awesome as usual, but he already received his recognitions and praises; move over for Deron Williams. Deron Williams finished his playoff rise to point-guard-supremacy with only 11 points and 2 assists in a loss; he was game-time decision on playing on a sprained foot, but he gave it a go anyway. It wasn't such a great way to go for Deron Williams however, considering he has been a monster this series averaging almost 30 points per game before tonight's stinker. Series by series, Deron Williams has elevated his game to new heights with each challenge that is thrown in the way of his team. He had a good series in Houston, a great series in Golden State, and domination in San Antonio. This is definitely a stepping stone that Deron Williams has crossed to being named as one of the best point guards in the NBA today.

Check out his averages per series:

Against the Rockets: 16.2 ppg, 8.4 apg, 5.8 rpg
Against the Warriors: 16.8 ppg, 8.9 apg, 6.4 rpg (20.5 ppg if not for the Game 3 stink bomb)
Against the Spurs: 25.8 ppg, 8.7 apg, 3.6 rpg (29.5 ppg before tonight's stink bomb)

Deron Williams is GOOD. The best thing about him is the way he elevated his game in to the "dominating" status when his team couldn't do it themselves. This is most evident against the Spurs as all of Deron's teammates but Boozer disappeared; thus, needed to turn his game up a notch. He can dominate if he needs to, and play passer when the opportunity is created. Considering that San Antonio is one of the best, if not the best, defensive team in the NBA, I am surprised the Spurs were not able to find any way to contain Deron Williams in all but one game in the series with a little help from the sprained foot of Deron. I want to say it again, Deron Williams is GOOD. He has quickness, he has strength, and he is a winner.

Tonight, Deron's first playoff appearance lays dead in the Western Conference Finals in 5 games against the Spurs. Next season, be prepared for the resurrection of arguably one of the best point guards in the league today. Never again will the former Fighting-Illini's name lie under Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Baron Davis, or anyone else for that matter.

Tonight, despite the loss, Deron Williams is Gold and Glory; and he will always be remembered as one.

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