Brooklyn Nets 2012-13 Player Outlook: Deron Williams
Here in the Brooklyn Nets‘ section we continue to breakdown the Nets’ roster for the 2012-13 season. Today, we will take a look at one of the best players the team has seen in awhile, Deron Williams.
Williams joined the Nets in 2011 when he was traded from the Utah Jazz to the Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and a 2011 first round draft pick. Williams joined a team that was on the brink of going from mediocrity to god awful and even with him, the Nets still were god awful.
However, he has become the most recognizable face of the Nets, especially after his first full season with the club. In the 2011-12 season, he averaged 21.0 points and 8.7 assists per game. A bit better than his entire 2010-11 season with the Nets and Jazz.
This season is going to be extremely different from the previous year and a half he has spent with the team.
First, the Nets acquired a big piece in Joe Johnson to add to the team plus Brook Lopez will be coming back from his ankle injury that only let him play five games last season. Plus the developments of Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries will be far more advanced than last season. The roster this season is set up for Williams to flourish more greatly than he ever has been.
Williams agreed to re-sign with the Nets in a five-year, $98 million agreement. He was really close to going back home to the play for the Dallas Mavericks but talks of Dwight Howard coming to the team may have kept him here.
This season has the chance to be incredible. Williams could be the leader of the first Nets NBA Championship team. Well, if not that far then lead the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
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