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Monday, November 4, 2013
Starting Five: D-Will not 100 percent

By Mike Mazzeo

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is still working out the kinks.

Williams, who played just 10 minutes during the preseason because of a sprained right ankle injury he suffered during an offseason workout in Utah, is averaging just 8 points and 8 assists, while shooting 36 percent from the field in 25.3 minutes in the first three games of the regular season.

He has yet to score in double figures.

Clearly, it looks like it's going to take some time for Williams to return to All-Star form.

He's not 100 percent. That much is certain. As he's said, he doesn't have the same explosiveness he rediscovered at the end of last season, when he was finishing a reverse dunk in the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls.

The Nets cannot be considered an elite team if Williams is not playing like an elite point guard.

It's that simple.

In case you missed it: Jason Kidd's regular-season coaching debut didn't go well. The Nets admitted they had an unacceptable performance in Sunday night's 107-86 blowout loss to the Orlando Magic.

Today: The Nets hit the practice court. I'll have you covered from the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J.