NBA Rumors: Suns Would Be Brilliant to Replace Steve Nash with Deron Williams

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 3, 2012

It's been a growing possibility for years that Steve Nash could be done in Phoenix after the 2011-12 season, and the Suns would hit a home run if they were to land Brooklyn Nets star point guard Deron Williams for next season and beyond.

Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News said Saturday that if Steve Nash were to bolt from Phoenix, the Suns would be making a big push to bring in Williams, who's easily one of the league's top point guards. Per the Daily News:

“If they lose Steve, then they plan to go after Deron, hard,” said a person with knowledge of the Suns’ plans. “They know he loves golf and they’re going to try to sell him on going out there.”

You know he loves golf? That usually bodes well for basketball players

It's no secret that Phoenix wants to avoid parting ways with Nash, and it might go way out of its way to ensure that the franchise's best player in history goes out a Sun. But basketball is a business, and if the 38-year-old wants top dollar, the Suns should be more interested in a younger player who's still in his prime (like Williams).

I mean, we've seen what Williams can do with little to no talent on his team, so why couldn't he be that brilliant again? Why not use him as the centerpiece for a new team and replace Amar'e Stoudemire as well?

Then again, it's not necessarily assured that Williams would be interested in the Suns. He's made it clear that his first priority is winning championships, and the Suns are obviously a couple of pieces from being title contenders in a league dominated by the Heat, Spurs, Thunder and Bulls

Phoenix isn't very far from an elite team.

The Suns made the Western Conference finals in three of the last six years, with Steve Nash as the hub of the team with two MVPs in back-to-back seasons in 2004-05 and 2005-06, but they weren't top-heavy like many of today's star-studded teams. They were always well-balanced with scorers and facilitators, which is why Williams could succeed there.

If Williams could have similar, or better, success than Nash did in Phoenix, wouldn't you think that's enough to go there? He won two MVPs, and the Suns were as dominant as you can be in the Western Conference for many seasons without winning it all. 

A franchise point guard is usually the first step to building a dynasty, and Williams has only proven greatness in his time in the NBA. A chance for him to build his own team could be enticing. 

We have no idea where Williams will land by the end of the offseason, so all we can do is anticipate. But given his priorities and his past showcase of skills, he's got a lot of options from which to choose. 

Time to hit the golf course, Phoenix. 


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