The Nets have had plenty of success with Deron Williams coming off the bench, but don’t expect it to last forever.

Williams has spent the last five games coming off the bench — the first games he has played without being a starter since his rookie season in Utah — and the Nets have had success, particularly with the second group of Williams, Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Mirza Teletovic and Andray Blatche.

But Nets coach Jason Kidd said following Wednesday’s practice it’s just a matter of time before Williams is back in the starting five and being the last player announced during pregame introductions.

“Well, the second group has been great when you look at the stats,” Kidd said. “We’ll continue to look at it, but at some point we’re going to have to get him back with that first group. “

Kidd said Williams and Joe Johnson got Wednesday’s practice off as a rest day, so there wasn’t a chance to put him in with the first group. The coach hinted at the possibility of Williams rejoining the starting group for Thursday’s practice, but wouldn’t say whether Williams could rejoin the starters as soon as this weekend’s games against the Thunder at home Friday and in Indianapolis against the Pacers Saturday.

“We’ll see tomorrow how they feel, and if we have time to get [Williams] with that first group,” Kidd said.
Williams said the subject of returning to the starting five had yet to come up to him.