Kidd: D-Will 'maybe underappreciated'

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd went to bat for Deron Williams again, saying his point guard’s game is “maybe underappreciated.”

“I think his game, as a whole, is maybe underappreciated because he plays both ends. And he’s played hurt. And he hasn’t complained,” Kidd said.

“Publicly, maybe he’s said maybe too much in the sense that he lost confidence, but you can see that he’s playing at a very high level and he plays both ends of the floor, which as a coach and as a teammate you couldn’t ask for more from your point guard.”

Williams had said in early February: “[My confidence] is not at my highest. It’s been tough being in and out of the lineups, missing two weeks here and there [because of ankle injuries], I feel like I get my legs back in shape, get back in shape and then just do it all again.”

After getting the necessary rest and treatment on his ankles, Williams has been a force since the All-Star break. He came into Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves averaging 17.4 points, 5.7 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.7 turnovers per game over that span (20 games), while shooting 47.8 percent from the field -- 37.3 percent from 3-point range.