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The most important player on the Nets is Deron Williams. He has an opt out provision in his contract after this year. The Nets have made their whole focus on building a team around him. Without him, the team falls apart and goes back to competing for the worst record instead of the eighth seed in the playoffs.
After surgery in the offseason, he is healthy and recently scored 50 points in a game while playing in Turkey. He is a great point guard. He knows how to set up his teammates and still score when his team needs it. He is solid on defense and excels at the pick and roll and entry passes into the post.
The key to keeping Williams is to make sure that the team is heading in the right direction so that he will want to stay. If the Nets can sign Battier and Humphries, they will have a low post scoring threat in Lopez, a rebounder in Humphries, a top defender in Battier and a deadly shooter in Anthony Morrow in their starting lineup. That is a team that can be competitive most nights in the NBA.
Plus, the Nets drafted two promising role players in Marshon Brooks and Jordan Williams. Therefore, the Nets could legitimately put themselves in the running for Dwight Howard if he decides to leave Orlando.
To make sure the Nets keep Deron Williams, they need to make sure that they become competitive as quickly as possible.