3. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
2011-2012 Stats: 21 PPG 3.3 RPG 8.7 APG 1.2 SPG
2012-2013 Salary: $17.1 million
The man that started it all. Linsanity began when Jeremy came off the end of the Knicks bench to put 25 points on Deron and sparked seven straight wins. Williams got his revenge, though. He scorched Lin for 38 in their very next meeting. D-Will is a score-first point guard that gets others involved, but doesn't necessarily make them better. He can erupt at any moment, but he's just missing something. He carried the Jazz to four straight playoff appearances after a three year drought, but also drove Jerry Sloan out of town. Once Sloan and Boozer bolted, Utah barely made the playoffs. And as a member of the Nets, he hasn't exactly brought out the best of his teammates (even though they stunk of hot garbage). He's in Brooklyn now with Joe Johnson and a new look team to contend with. This is the perfect opportunity to show that he's a leader and deserving of his superstar status.