Not wanting to be outdone, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov quickly regrouped and made a blockbuster trade of his own for a highly coveted guard in Deron Williams.
The New York Knicks might have been thinking that they had the spotlight all to themselves, but Mikhail Prokhorov all but burst back on top of the stage and took over the attention of the viewing audience.
What can we expect from Deron William in terms of fantasy production now that he’s on the Nets?
Considering that Williams will now be relied on to carry much of Nets’ offense and that New Jersey currently ranks 28th in assists per game (19.7 APG), don’t expect that stat to change with Williams running the point.
Williams’ current assists numbers (9.7 APG) will drop a little, but his scoring (21.3 PPG) will increase since he doesn’t have as many reliable options to choose from as he once did in Utah.
I’d expect Williams to eventually average 23-25 PPG and 7-8 AST.
Williams must be stunned, as I’m sure no one thought that Utah would get rid of their best player soon after Jerry Sloan resigned from his coaching job.
Williams could go through a slump of sorts, but I wouldn’t expect it to last long because Williams is smart enough to know that if he wants out of New Jersey, he’d have to sustain his value and marketability.
Call me an eternal optimist, but I think that Williams could be enticed to stay with the Nets as they move to Brooklyn.
Now that Derrick Favors experiment is over, I’d expect Kris Humphries to return to his double-double numbers. He won’t carry your team, but his worth is in his steady nightly output with occasional scoring bursts.
Grab him while you still can.
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