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We were going to say Brook Lopez, not just because he’s a good player but because there’s something cool about guys who have prep-school-WASP first names and Hispanic surnames. But upon further speculation and even though he played just 12 games with the Nets last season, Deron Williams is currently the most valuable player on the team, besides being a two-time All-Star guard. During his brief stint with the Nets, he averaged 12.8 assists per game. This season, Williams is going to be the straw that stirs the drink. Unfortunately, that drink might be Turkish coffee; as we go to press, if the NBA lock-out situation isn’t resolved, he might well be continuing his fine play for Besiktas. Think about it. If Williams goes to Turkey then returns to the Nets, he’ll have collected jerseys from Utah, New Jersey, Turkey, and Brooklyn—all in the space of three seasons. That’s got to be some kind of a record.

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