- Kevin Pelton
Each Monday throughout the NBA season, ESPN Insider will investigate the latest trends in the NBA. Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton is keeping an eye on all the numbers and will have a first look at how players, teams and the league as a whole are evolving.
Trending team: New Jersey Nets
Because of a strained right wrist that sidelined him Sunday, new Nets point guard Deron Williams may see his season end prematurely. Still, in the month Williams has played for New Jersey since being acquired from the Utah Jazz last month, he's offered a glimpse of the positive effect he can have on the Nets' offense. In Williams' seven games, New Jersey has scored 108.1 points per 100 possessions -- a rate just below league average (108.7). Before adding Williams, the Nets had an offensive rating of just 103.4.
Kevin Pelton spotlights three NBA trends to watch. While his wrist injury may have hurt his shooting touch, Deron Williams has made his new teammates much better. Plus, how James Harden is surging in OKC and what to expect in first-round playoff upsets.