The Nets surprisingly fired Avery Johnson on Dec. 27, which immediately led to accusations of Deron Williams being a coach killer. Given Williams' apparent role in getting Jerry Sloan to resign while the two were in Utah, those accusations didn't appear too far-fetched.
Brooklyn replaced Johnson with P.J. Carlesimo, who has led the team to a 9-1 record through his first 10 games as the head coach.
Carlesimo's early success can easily be tied to the improved play of Mr. Coach Killer himself. Under Carlesimo, Williams has shaken off a near two-year shooting slump, hitting 45 percent of his field-goal attempts and 42 percent of his three-pointers over the last 10 games - percentages that are a lot closer to what we saw from Williams during his time with the Jazz than his first 94 games with the Nets.
With his shooting woes seeminly a thing of the past, Williams has started to produce like the first-round fantasy pick he was touted as before the season. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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