Arguably one of the best point guards in basketball, Deron Williams, has been traded from the Utah Jazz to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and reportedly two first round draft picks.
Williams, who is averaging a career high 21.3 points/game to along with 9.7 assists/game, has been accused of driving long-time Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan out of town. His contract runs through the 2011-2012 season with a player option for the 2012-2013 season.
No question that the Nets still need more pieces to become a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference, but they have proven that they will not take a backseat to their cross town rivals, the New York Knicks.
Excluding this season, Williams has averaged 16.5 points/game and 8.3 assists/game against the Celtics. He is an extremely tough matchup for Rajon Rondo due to his physical stature and style of play.
Rajon Rondo loves going up against elite point guard talent and Williams is certainly no exception. Since becoming a starter, Rondo has averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.25 assists/game against Williams. It appears that this matchup should provide Nets and Celtics fans with a couple years of intense rivalries.
The Celtics will inevitability begin a rebuilding process in a couple of years with Rajon Rondo being the foundation. The Nets have added to the foundation of Brook Lopez by adding Deron Williams. If Williams decides to sign a long-term contract extension with the Nets, the NBA will have another great rivalry in the Atlantic Division.
Rumors have been swirling that Chris Paul would like to sign with the New York Knicks when his time for free agency arrives. Without knowing the parameters of the new collective bargaining agreement, this is complete speculation. Regardless, any division that features three of the top point guards in the NBA is must see basketball.