Building Around Injured Stars Is Brooklyn Nets' Problem

By Ryan Gaydos
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets‘ franchise point guard Deron Williams is going to miss Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with, yet again, an ankle injury. This is Williams’ 12th game out of the lineup for the Nets, who are struggling in the lowly Atlantic Division to get any kind of wins. Williams is part of the ever-growing problem the organization has now and will have in the future.

Building around two injury-prone stars is the bad decision general manager Billy King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov made. With Williams missing already a lot of games before the first half of the season is over and with center Brook Lopez missing the entire season re-injuring his fifth metatarsal for the third time in his career, it really makes you wonder why the front office has invested so much money into these men.

The 2013-14 season was supposed to be the season to knock off the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. The huge trades the team made giving up future first round picks for veteran aging superstars seemed like a good idea in hindsight, but as the season starts heading into the middle of January, those same moves become head scratchers.

The Nets have committed more than $150 million over the next few years to Williams and Lopez. Both players have seen major time off the court and the injuries are going to continue. The egregious spending is starting to bite Brooklyn in the back side sooner than anyone ever expected.

Ryan Gaydos is an NBA columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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