Starting Five: If D-Will starts, who sits?

January, 30, 2014
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Put yourself in Jason Kidd’s tie-less suit.

If you were the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, would you re-insert Deron Williams back into the starting lineup?

And if so, who would you remove?

Based on Kidd’s comments Wednesday, it appears Williams is returning to the starting five sooner rather than later -- perhaps as early as Friday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Williams has come off the bench the last five games. He’s done a tremendous job of anchoring the team’s second unit -- as the numbers in our previous blog entry show.

But the starting lineup has struggled recently -- and could use a spark, something the three-time All-Star Williams provides.

As a result, Kidd would then have to decide between Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson as to who goes back to a reserve role.

Williams and Livingston have played well together -- the Nets are 8.1 points per 100 possessions better with those two on the court in 124 minutes -- but Brooklyn would no longer have a true point guard who they trust coming off the bench.

And the team is clearly more effective having Williams or Livingston run the offense as opposed to say Anderson, who while doing yeoman’s work in filling in, isn’t a natural floor general.

If I’m Kidd, I’m sticking with a Williams-Livingston backcourt and making sure to manage the rotation so that one of them is on the floor at all times.

That appears to be the best option, at least to me.

Question: If you were Kidd, what would you do?

In case you missed it: Mason Plumlee will be in the Rising Stars Challenge.

That's messed up: St. Anthony legendary coach Bob Hurley’s team is currently without a gym due to water damage, so he asked the Nets to use their facility, and they were willing to oblige. Problem is, the NBA wasn’t, which angered Hurley. Read more here.

Up next: Another practice for the Nets Thursday.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
15.5 3.7 0.9 35.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 7.1
AssistsD. Williams 6.3
StealsJ. Jack 1.2
BlocksB. Lopez 1.6