Deron Williams: Why the Brooklyn Nets Are a Top-3 Team in the East in 2013

July 3rd, 2012 by Bruce Chen Leave a reply »
The then-New Jersey Nets took a large gamble when they traded for Deron Williams in 2011, giving up young guard Devin Harris and highly regarded prospect Derrick Favors. They could have given up their future for nothing if Williams had bolted to Dallas, but sources from ESPN are reporting that Deron Williams is staying home.

Now, the new residents of the Barclay Arena are a trendy pick to make some noise in the Eastern Conference. The Nets finished 22-44 last season, but Brook Lopez was hurt for much of the season and Gerald Wallace came aboard late. Now you add Joe Johnson, a player who has been a perennial All-Star to the mix with Williams, and in a wide-open Eastern Conference, anything can happen.

The Brooklyn Nets are looking at fielding a starting backcourt of Deron Williams with Joe Johnson, who will form possibly the best tandem in the game. Johnson is grossly overpaid, but he's still been an All-Star five times and is a guaranteed 20-5-5 when he's on his game. He's been to the playoffs, and although he's never been in a Conference Finals, adds some experience this team needs.

The front court consists of Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and B ...

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