Going into this offseason, it felt as if there was a good chance that Williams was going to run to the Dallas Mavericks as fast as he possibly could and the trade for him two seasons ago was nothing but a huge waste.
Then the Nets traded for Joe Johnson and that seemed to convince Williams to stay. Now, when it is all said and done, could Williams go down as the greatest Net of all time?
Williams re-signed for five-years and $100 million. He is arguably the best all-around point guard in the NBA and the Nets are not strangers to having elite point guards.
Many consider Jason Kidd to be the greatest Net since they joined the NBA in 1976.
The Nets traded for Kidd in 2001 and he immediately changed the feeling around the team. The Nets were at the bottom of the league and were a struggling team. The season before acquiring Kidd, they won 26 games. The first thing Kidd did when becoming a Net was claim that they were good enough to win 40 games in his first season.
The Nets would actually win 52 games and finish in first place in the Atlantic Division. They would go on to make it all the way to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Lakers.
The following season the Nets would again finish in first place and make it to the Finals. This time, they would lose to the Spurs in six games. Those two NBA Final appearances that Kidd led the Nets to remain the only two that the franchise has ever been to.
In his time with the Nets, Kidd averaged around 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds a game. It is hard to ask for better numbers from your point guard.
Having said that, Williams has the potential to average around 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds a game. The biggest thing for Williams and his legacy with the Nets is going to be winning.
The Nets made several significant moves this offseason and have jumped from the bottom of the NBA, right into the top. They have one of the most balanced starting fives and have some depth.
Williams made it known that the only way he would re-sign is if the Nets can get significant players who are ready to play and win now. With the acquisitions of Gerald Wallace and Johnson, along with the other players the Nets have on their roster, there is no excuse or complaining about the talent.
So, what would it take for Williams to dethrone Kidd as the greatest Net of all time?
The answer to that question is winning. Williams needs to consistently get the Nets into the playoffs and lead them back to the NBA Finals.
Williams is in a great position to make the Nets relevant and is the face of the team as they make the significant move to Brooklyn.
Williams needs to win in Brooklyn and he will forever be a Nets legend. If Williams can win an NBA Championship with the Nets, he will be considered the greatest Net of all time.
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