All-time great point guard to mentor his new on-court leader.
New Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd says he wants star point guard to live up to his billing as being one of the best assist men in the NBA.
Speaking ahead of his side’s pre-season camp, Kidd said he wants to get Williams back to the top of the tree in the league when it comes to finding open teammates.
Already in his impressive career Williams has more assists titles than he former foe and now coach, something Kidd is hoping to grow even further.
“I’m going to push him. I want the best for him,” Kidd said.
“When we sit down and talk about goals, team goals and also individual goals, I’m going to push him and I want to get him back to double-digit assists.”
With the Nets playing a isolation-laden offence last year, Williams ability to dish top open teammates was reduced to just 7.7 a game, his lowest mark since his rookie year.
However, with Brooklyn making over almost their entire roster and injecting inside scoring talent and wing shooters, Williams might get his numbers back up towards 10.7, the number he averaged in 2008-09.
With addition of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko it put a role player such as Reggie Evans back on the bench where he will provide defensive relief for Garnett.
Brooklyn’s big move to become a contender in the East should also inspire Williams who made the move from Utah to align himself with a championship contender.