Yes, Deron Williams sat out 17 days (as expected) after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment on both ankles. That should sound familiar. It’s the same treatment Williams underwent last year heading into the All-Star Break, before he turned into a fire-breathing point dragon:
Williams shot better from the field on more shots per game, attacked the rim more often, and drew more fouls per game in a run of dominance unlike any he’d experienced in a Nets uniform.
Other than his career-high turnover rate and career-crippling ankle injuries, Williams has had a solid year on the floor. he’s shooting around 42 percent from three-point range and creating 26.3 points by assist per 48 minutes, the same as Stephen Curry. He’s matched well with Shaun Livingston in the backcourt, and has had brief moments of excellence when healthy.
Felton is a solid point guard, particularly in the pick-and-roll with Tyson Chandler. But he’s struggled with his shot this season, shooting under 40 percent from the floor. To compare, Williams has shot better from three-point range than Felton has from the field.
It’s impossible to accurately forecast how Williams returns from his latest injury, but in a vacuum, it’s hard to argue that Felton has any edge.