With the recent news of Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo missing the remainder of the regular season with a torn ACL, there’s an open spot on the Eastern Conference roster for the 2013 NBA All-Star game. While there are numerous players worthy of taking Rondo’s spot, there is one player that seems to stick out from the rest–Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams.
The Nets have been one of the best stories in the NBA this season as they finally look like a strong contender in the Eastern Conference and there’s no question the team wouldn’t be where they are if it wasn’t for Williams at guard. Throughout his entire career, Williams has always been considered one of the league’s top guards and with the way things have gone this season, Brooklyn has a shot at making some noise once the playoffs roll around in a few months.
So far on the season, Williams is averaging 17.1 points per game to go along with 7.8 assists–which is a big reason why the Nets are in the position they are with the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Williams had every opportunity in the world to sign with a different team this offseason, but he clearly saw something special in the Nets for the 2012-13 season to stick around.
Williams has what it takes to carry this team on his shoulders for the rest of the season and if anyone is worthy of replacing Rondo in the All-Star game–it’s him.
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