MINNEAPOLIS -- If Stan Van Gundy wants to throw his name into the ring when the Nets start sorting out who'll be their next permanent coach, he's sure going to have a little explaining to do to Deron Williams.
Van Gundy, who was fired by the Magic last summer and hasn't completely decided if he wants to coach in the NBA again, essentially took a shot at the Nets' point guard during an interview with USA Today Tuesday. When asked who's the league's most overrated player, Van Gundy mentioned Williams -- along with another player New Yorkers are very familiar with.
"Jeremy Lin," Van Gundy said. "He's not a guy who should be third in the [all-star] voting. I never thought Deron Williams was overrated, but right now people still look at him as one of the top two or three point guards in the league. He hasn't been that ."
Williams was in a funk earlier this season and has said that if he were playing up to his capabilities, Avery Johnson might not have lost his job. But he's picked it up lately, averaging 18.8 points, 8.5 assists and 2.6 turnovers in January.
"I think he's playing very well," interim coach P.J Carlesimo said. "He's seeing a little more balanced defenses now than he saw in a long time . . . He's an excellent player and I think if you talk to the opposing coaches or opposing guards, I don't think you'll get a lot of, 'He was struggling or he wasn't playing well.' He's a handful every night."
The Nets made a little history Wednesday night. Their win over the Wolves marked the fourth time they've posted 10 or more wins in January since joining the NBA. They also accomplished the feat in 1983, 1998 and 2002.