By Jason Schott - @JESchott19
The Nets announced that point guard Deron Williams will have surgery on both of his ankles next Tuesday the 27th. This is the latest in the ongoing issues Williams has had with his ankles the last two seasons.
The surgery will be performed by Nets foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley, who said in a statement, "Deron will undergo surgery on both ankles next Tuesday. He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle. Deron is expected to make a full recovery."
It came out last Friday that D-Will wants out of Brooklyn. This certainly will hurt his trade value, as if moving the three years and around $60 million remaining on his contract wasn't hard enough. The fact also that Williams has proven to not be a clutch player just adds to the problem.
PLUMLEE GETS LEAGUE-WIDE HONOR: Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, along with the Knicks' Tim Hardaway, Jr., Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando's Victor Oladipo, and Utah's Trey Burke. He is the 13th player in Nets history to be named to the All-Rookie First Team.
Plumlee played in 70 games in his rookie year with the Nets, and started 22 times. The Nets were 16-6 in games he started, and he was a starter for the entire month of March when Kevin Garnett was out with back spasms and the Nets went 12-4.
Plumlee averaged 7.4 points-per-game, 8th most among rookies, on 65.9 percent shooting, which was the highest for a rookie. Plumlee scored in double figures 19 times, including 16 times after January 1st, and had four double-doubles.He also had 4.4 rebounds per game, tied for 4th among rookies, 0.70 steals, which was 7th, and 0.79 blocks, tied for 4th among rookies, in 18.2 minutes per game.
He was first among all qualifying rookies in player efficiency rating at 19.0, win shares at 4.7, and true shooting percentage at 67 percent. Interesting to note is that he played more minutes per game for a team that finished the regular season over .500 than any other rookie.