(NEW YORK) — If new Brooklyn Nets’ head coach Jason Kidd hopes to have a successful first year on the sidelines, then he’ll likely need a big season out of point guard Deron Williams. Kidd is expecting just that and wants Williams to average double-digit assists this upcoming season.
“I’m going to push him, I want the best for him,” Kidd told the New York Daily News. “When we sit down and talk about goals, team goals and also individual goals, I’m going to push him and I want to get him back to double-digit assists.”
Kidd spent 19 years in the NBA, most recently with the New York Knicks just last season. Despite zero coaching experience at any level, he was hired nearly a week after retiring. He inherits a talented but aging Nets roster headlined by Williams.
Williams last averaged double-digit assists during the 2010-2011 season when he played 53 for the Utah Jazz before being traded to the then New Jersey Nets.
Even though he averaged 18.9 points 7.7 assists last season, it was still considered a down season for the 29-year-old Williams.
Before last season, Williams agreed to a five-year deal with the Nets worth $100 million.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN