Cavaliers’ guard Deron Williams was brought in mid-season last year to provide veteran leadership and the ‘playmaking’ LeBron desperately craved heading into the playoffs.
By the time the NBA Finals had rolled around though, Williams was a shell of his former self. The former All-Star was unable to provide anything for Cleveland when he was on the court against Golden State, as Williams averaged a measly 1.0 point and 1.2 assists for the Cavs across the 5 games he played in.
— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) August 15, 2017
Now, it looks as though Williams’ entire tenure with the Cavaliers was short of enjoyable. On his podcast, Richard Jefferson makes it sound like Williams never loved his role in Cleveland and especially in the NBA Finals.
Obviously, Jefferson isn’t trying to put down Williams as a player, but there is some truth in RJ’s comments. Via the Road Trippin Podcast:
Hell yes, Richard Jefferson. Any NBA player that trashes Deron Williams is my hero. pic.twitter.com/UzlFEcr7PC
— Cheesecake Joe (@JoeyOnEarth) August 15, 2017
The Cavaliers gave Williams ample opportunity to come in and contribute straight away for the Cavs’ second unit, but as the season wore on, Williams became less impactful each game, finally resulting in the arguably the worst stretch of basketball in his long career.
I’m sure Deron is wishing he was still in Utah being compared to Chris Paul as people argued over who the best point guard in the NBA was.