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Deron Williams revitalizes Nets offense

Despite shooting more poorly than he did in Utah, D-Will makes his teammates better

Updated: March 21, 2011, 1:03 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
Deron WilliamsGlyn Kirk/AFP/Getty ImagesBefore his injury, Deron Williams had a huge impact on the Nets' offense.

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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.


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