The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the NBA as Jason Kidd was hired as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. The guys look at this hire and how it could and will most likely affect former Illinois guard Deron Williams. They look at how much success the two will have in Brooklyn and if Williams will win a NBA title with Kidd as the head coach.
Ricky: The hire of Jason Kidd by the Brooklyn Nets was a step in the right direction after my Chicago Bulls ousted them in the playoffs last season. He’s a hometown guy, has been to the Finals (twice) as a player, and played the point as traditionally as a player can (besides Steve Nash). Williams and Kidd will need to be the best of friends if Brooklyn wants to win a NBA title in the future, however, they need to build around Deron a bit better. Joe Johnson is a big contract and that’s about it and Brook Lopez is decent, but not a future star for the Nets.
The only downside I see with Kidd and Williams is their difference in play-style. Kidd was a tradional point guard while Williams is a create space on the floor and drive to the rim kind of guy. Brooklyn can be the 3rd best team in the East if they build around Williams better than they have.
Austin: With Jason Kidd taking over in Brooklyn, you have to imagine the guy is a players coach. I’ve never liked the idea of a “players coach’ and just a regular coach. Either way, your job is to coach your team the best you can. That being said, Kidd has been a floor general for over ten years, and a lot of players enjoy working with him. He has his work in Brooklyn cut out for him though, and his main piece, of course, is Deron Williams.
I feel Williams is the most underrated player in the NBA, as he is able to create space on the floor and he can drive to the rim with ease. If the front office is able to build around Deron, he could at least be a contender in Brooklyn. My only reservation with Williams winning a championship is the level of talent of other teams in the NBA. Whether it is Chicago (Rose, Deng, Boozer) or Miami and the “Big 3″, or a healthy Oklahoma City team, there are many teams that the Nets and Williams are going to have to get around in order to win the title. Do I think it is possible that Deron could win a title with Kidd? Absolutely. Do I think he will? My Magic 8 Ball says ask again later.
Ryan: Unless there is a solid upgrade to their roster, there is no way Deron Williams will ever win an NBA Title as member of the Brooklyn Nets. It doesn’t matter who is coaching them, the Nets currently do not have the firepower, or play with the consistency necessary, to get over the hump in a 7 game series with teams like the Miami Heat or Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference. I know they took the Bulls to a 7th game this season, but they were down 3-1 in the series and very easily could have been ousted well before game 7. Perhaps Jason Kidd can get them to level off their play and compete with more consistency, but until I see it happen I won’t believe it’s possible with their current roster.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Will Deron Williams have more success with Jason Kidd as Brooklyn’s head coach?
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