Feb 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) talks with forward Kevin Garnett (5) during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 97-90. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball Roundtable: What Do Kevin Garnett And Paul Pierce Do For Deron Williams?


The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the NBA as the Brooklyn Nets will acquire Kevin Garnett, Paul Pirece, and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics. The guys look at this by the Brooklyn Nets and how it could and will most likely affect former Illinois guard Deron Williams. They look at how much success the Nets will have next season and if Williams will win a NBA title with this new team.

June 5, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (right) greets power forward Kevin Garnett (left) during the second half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat of the 2012 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Arena.Boston won 94-90. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky: Brooklyn is trying to “win now” by trading for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, but will it really work? My answer is no. Yes, the Brooklyn Nets will be a Top 4 team in the Eastern Conference (maybe even Top 3), but they won’t be able to get past the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.

For Deron Williams, the trade will help him find a better role on the team with new head coach Jason Kidd. Kidd was a pass first point guard in the league and expect him to teach Williams more of this after the trade. Williams doesn’t have to do it all anymore. He can be the leader of the Nets, but rely on more players on the team.

Ryan: The acquisition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry gives Brooklyn a much better shot at making a deep playoff run next season. It gives their offense some immediate scoring help and will lessen the burden on Williams to be a primary scorer in addition to his point guard duties. Deron will now be able to be a facilitator as opposed to being a primary scoring pillar propping up the offense.

That said, Brooklyn still needs to address the bench if they hope to have an NBA Championship caliber team. Simply put, KG and Pierce are getting long in the tooth and are not capable of logging the bulk of the minutes while maintaining their career productivity levels. They will have to be rested and ready to contribute when called upon come playoff time. Their acquisition definitely helps Williams on the court, but it doesn’t automatically make them a title contender.

Austin: Garnett and Pierce coming to Brooklyn creates an atmosphere of “win now” in the Nets organization. They lacked the big time playmakers that great teams have, and with the addition of two of the better ballers in the NBA, Deron Williams will improve in two areas: in his ability to create shots and his ability to dish the ball to guys. His ability to create shots will rise because there are now two other guys on the floor that can take over a game and can really create a lot of offense. On top of that, teams playing against the Nets have more bodies to worry about, thus taking some defensive pressure off Deron. His assist numbers should also rise, as Garnett and Pierce will have the chance to get the ball from one of the better court vision guys in the NBA. Don’t be surprised to see a career year from Deron Williams this year.

What do you think, Illini Nation? Will the Brooklyn Nets be a contender in the East next season? Does the trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce help Deron Williams?

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