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2012 Free Agents: Deron Williams

ESPN Insiders look at what the future holds for the Nets' star point guard

Originally Published: August 2, 2011
By Chris Broussard, Ric Bucher, David Thorpe and Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider
Deron WilliamsJesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesDeron Williams has several options to weigh between now and summer 2012.

After witnessing the frenzy caused by the 2010 NBA free-agent class that included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade et al, this year's free-agent crop simply paled in comparison. However, the potential 2012 class -- featuring Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Dwight Howard -- is sizing up to rival 2010. This week, ESPN Insider's NBA experts will profile these three free agents -- and several others -- better than the FBI. Today we take a look at Williams.

Scouting breakdown

David Thorpe: Unlike Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, who can be the most elite players at their respective positions while playing in any system, Deron Williams needs some help if a team truly wants to maximize his talents. That's not to say he wouldn't be an All-Star in almost any system, because he probably would. But given his size and power as a point guard, there are some fits that are better than others.


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