MMPG: Player of the Week
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
Deron Williams was slow to recover from an ankle injury that forced him to miss 13 of the first 15 games of the season, but it's safe to say that the fourth-year point guard has returned to the form that made him an Olympic gold medallist. And, it could be argued that since Feb. 5, there isn't a point guard playing better basketball than Williams.
The fourth-year player has been on a tear since returning from a contusion on his right knee. It's no coincidence that the Jazz is rolling, too. In his past 14 games, Williams is averaging 22.4 points and 11.6 assists, and the Jazz has gone 13-1. Utah won three in a row last week against Houston, Denver and Toronto to extend their winning streak to 11 games -- the franchise's longest win streak since April 1999 -- and take over first place in the Northwest Division.
Williams had 26 points and 14 assists against the Rockets on Wednesday. Then, he had 25 points and 11 assists to lead the Jazz to a comeback win over the Nuggets and extend his string of consecutive games with at least 10 assists to 11 games. Williams's streak ended in Toronto, but he still had 25 points and nine assists as the Jazz won without Carlos Boozer, a late scratch because of an ankle injury. Williams has 2,483 career assists and is on track to reach 2,500 Wednesday in Atlanta -- against the same Hawks team that passed him over in 2005.
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