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"It means I got 1,000 more to go to get 6,000," Williams joked Monday. "That's a great accomplishment, I think. Five-thousand assists is a lot of assists. And, like you said, there's only a handful of people that have done it. It'll mean a lot."
Williams (552 career games) will become just the seventh player since 1985-86 to record 5,000 assists in fewer than 600 games. He'll also become the third-fastest active player to get to 5,000, behind only Chris Paul (510) and Jason Kidd (531).
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo was asked about how D-Will gets his assists.
"A lot of his assists come from double teams, post-up positions," Carlesimo said. "It makes him different than some other point guards. There are some other point guards that post up, (but) there are also some smaller point guards that don't see that many doubles, except in pick and rolls, and who never get posted up.
"You think of so many of Deron's assist this year, particularly to Brook (Lopez), so many came out of isos that were double-teamed or isos where he was doubled-teamed. So you just see a lot more different passes from Deron because of his skill-set and the way he is used in the game."
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