Examining the Brooklyn Nets’ Decision to Build Around Deron Williams

October 16th, 2012 by Ethan Sherwood Strauss Leave a reply »
There is much excitement in Brooklyn these days, as a basketball franchise has finally glommed onto the ever-ascending borough. The Nets faithful are celebrating a wholly new team for this new occasion. Deron Williams was re-signed after a season-plus trial period and Joe Johnson was brought in to join Williams in the backcourt.

Gerald Wallace adds frontcourt quality and Human Novelty Brook Lopez returns from nearly a year in suits. This team could make the playoffs, and probably should. To so many Nets lovers, that particular end justifies the means of trading for Deron Williams in 2011.

To recap, Williams was sent to the Nets for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two additional first-picks. In 2011, the first of those picks became Enes Kanter, but could very well have become Jonas Valanciunas, Klay Thompson or Kawhi Leonard.

The pick also could have been squandered on one of a few disappointing prospects after that No. 3 selection. It's also worth noting that the Butterfly Effect of not making this trade would have resulted in near-infinite scenarios. All we tangibly know is that Derrick Favors went to the Jazz, a high 2011 pick went to the Jazz an ...

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