The Nets have lost five straight, including two games with Deron Williams at the point. Not a problem. Marc Stein moves the Nets up four places to #23, while John Schuhmann keeps them at #25.
Stein remarks, "They know there's a long way to go before D-Will warms to the idea of Brooklyn. Yet as risky as the deal was, given the assets surrendered for a guy who can leave in 16 months, they couldn't say no."
Not that the Nets will see the real D-Will this season, writes Schuhmann. "He dished out 29 assists, but bothered by a strained tendon in his right wrist, Williams shot just 8-for-25, including 0-for-7 from 3-point range in his first two games with New Jersey."
Stats guys John Hollinger and Jeff Sagarin don't the future influence their decisions. Hollinger has them at #26, Sagarin at #23. Meanwhile, David Aldridge joins Hollinger in saying it's too early to tell if the Nets are winners or losers at the deadline. Wait 17 months. Oh Okay.
- Perkins trade will shake things up at the top - John Schuhmann - NBA.com
- NBA Basketball Power Rankings - Week 18 - Marc Stein - ESPN
- 2009-2010 John Hollinger Power Rankings - Week 18 - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider
- The Jeff Sagarin's NBA ratings - Week 18 - Jeff Sagarin - USA Today
Recapping the craziest trade deadline in 25 years - David Aldridge - NBA.com