24 hours after losing out on Carmelo Anthony, the Nets quickly recovered and landed one of the premier point guards in the NBA.
Striking a deal with the Utah Jazz, New Jersey landed Deron Williams, a two-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist in 2008. Desperately trying to land a star player prior to moving to Brooklyn in 2012, the Nets offered four first round picks, and two players to Denver in exchange for Anthony.
The Nuggets decided to move Anthony to the Knicks, forcing New Jersey to find another star to target.
Entering the most anticpiated off-season in NBA history, Prokhorov and the Nets had an opportunity to swiftly erase the memories of a 12 win season in 2009-2010.
The proclamation of turning the struggling Nets into a contender seemed impossible, especially after the Knicks landed two superstars within eight months.
After failing to trade for Anthony, Prokhorov landed Williams for half the cost.
The acquisition of Williams marks a new day for the Nets franchise.
Although New Jersey should be competing in the New York market for fans, the Nets have struggled to secure a fan base.
Ranked last in attendance with an average of just 13,113 fans per game, New Jersey desperately needed a star player to draw fans to the Prudential Center.
The trade for Williams brings one of the top players to the franchise.
Playing six stellar years in Utah, Williams established himself as one of the best point guards in the NBA.
There are no weaknesses in his game. Standing 6-foot-4, Williams can post up smaller defenders, guard taller defenders with his tremendous strength, is an elite passer (9.2 assists per game average) and can adjust his game to any situation.
Playing his first five years with Boozer, the oft-injured power forward, Williams facilitated the offense around him when he was on the court.
When Boozer was out, Williams became the top scoring threat on the team.
Increasing his scoring average each of his first four seasons in the league, Williams is averaging a career high 21.3 points per game along with 9.7 assists.
In New Jersey, Williams will bolster a starting lineup that includes Brook Lopez, a 22-year-old center.
The Nets begin the second-half of the season with a 17-40 record, ranking fourth in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference.
Williams has never been on a sub-.500 team in his career and only missed the post season as a rookie.
New Jersey is headed to its fourth-consecutive losing season and its reward for a long season, a lottery draft pick, now belongs to Utah.
As the Jazz begin its rebuilding effort, New Jersey has finally landed the first piece necessary to become relevant again.
The play of Williams can help lure free agents to the Nets.
The only problem facing the franchise now is securing its star point guard. Williams is eligible to become a free agent during the summer of 2012 and by trading for him without a long-term contract, the Nets took a bit of a risk.
Hoping to convince him to be a part of the franchise as it prepares to make its debut in Brooklyn, the Nets finally have the star they’ve been desperately seeking.
Prokhorov has his first piece towards becoming the championship team he promised and with plenty of cap space and draft picks, the Nets have a foundation.
While Williams has the chance to become the biggest star in Brooklyn.