BROOKLYN - With the disappointing loss in the Eastern Conference semifinals still looming large in the rear view mirror, the Brooklyn Nets got a double dose of good news Thursday as they turn their attention to 2014-15.
G.M. Billy King announced that point guard Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both ankles on Tuesday. Williams is expected to make a full recovery.
Williams came to training camp recovering from a right ankle strain and bone bruise and sprained his left ankle four times in the regular season and playoffs. He toughed it out, playing in 64 games, averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and a career-best 1.45 steals in 32.2 minutes.
“I feel like I've kind of let people down, so I don't like feeling like that," Williams said after the season. "I take my job seriously, I work hard in the offseason, I work hard every day. It's just real frustrating not to be able to play how I'm capable of playing.
"I used to step on the court and feel like I was the best player no matter who I played against, so I gotta get back to that. Even if I'm not the best player on the court, I gotta feel like I am."
Mason Plumlee, who was not expected to be a factor after being picked 22nd in the NBA Draft, at times was the Nets best big man on the court.
On Thursday he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, the first Nets player to gain such recognition since Brook Lopez in 2008-09.
Plumlee averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 assists for the Nets, including 13 games with 10 or more points and eight games with eight or more rebounds after the All-Star break.
His highlight came on April 8 when he met LeBron James at the rim and blocked what would have been a game-winning dunk.
“I know a lot of people didn’t expect much out of me this season but those weren’t my expectations,’’ Plumlee said at the start of the playoffs. “My goal was to come in and contribute. Now I need to take the next step and become more consistent and improve in every area of the game.’’