On Sunday, Deron Williams scored 57 points, and although it was against the Charlotte Bobcats, the worst team in the league, other superstars had their chance to do it but didn't. Williams has become the New Jersey Nets leading scorer out of necessity. Since Brook Lopez, the team's leading scorer from last season, went down in the preseason, Williams has shown that not only can he be a distributor but a devastating scorer as well.
If Williams doesn't score 40 or more again, the Nets will go back into obscurity. That is unless they trade for Dwight Howard at the deadline, which will lengthen Williams stay with the Nets. If New Jersey Nets general manager Billy King does not swing a deal, the team should start fearing about their point guard's future.
While it will actually be better to wait for Dwight Howard to come in free agency so the Nets can keep all their assets, playing the waiting game leaves Williams and the team with more uncertainty.
Nobody knows what is going to happen in the next few months. Maybe the Orlando Magic makes the decision to keep Howard and they go on a Finals run, which persuades him to stay with his current team.
Maybe, over the course of a few months, Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks are able to make the proper roster moves in order to free up enough salary cap room to sign both Williams and Howard as free agents.
Here are five reasons the Nets should fear Williams’ future.