Deron Williams: Can the Utah Jazz Make the Playoffs Without Him?

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Deron Williams: Can the Utah Jazz Make the Playoffs Without Him?
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The Deron Williams era has now come to a sudden end in Utah.

The Jazz traded away their All-Star point guard to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks.

At first glance, it's obvious Utah is looking to the future, while the Nets made a great counter-move after the Knicks landed Carmelo Anthony. The question now, of course, is whether Williams will remain in New Jersey and sign a long-term deal. With Utah, the question is simple: Can the Jazz still make the playoffs?

Weigh all the facts, and it doesn't lean heavily either way. I could make valid arguments on both sides and do have a hunch about what will happen. Tell me what you think:

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