Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson are integral pieces to the puzzle, but the main reason the Nets have become as relevant as they have is because of the acquisition of Williams. This team goes only as far as he can take them.
During his days as a member of the Jazz, he was consistently known as one of the top three point guards in the league. Some even considered him the very best, period. Those days are long gone now, and you wonder if he’s even the best point guard in his own division. One of the issues that has caused his downfall has been the state of his body.
Word has been – since he became a Net, really – that the once-great guard has been dealing with an assortment of injuries, from his wrist to his ankles. In fact, he has been ailing all season with ankle issues and will have them treated during the much-needed All-Star weekend, from Tim Bontemps of New York Post: