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Take two: Nets Brooklyn debut Saturday

Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets

Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets Credit: Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets. (Getty Images)

Brooklyn is back on the pro sports map, having lured the Nets from New Jersey. The Nets were originally set to make their regular season debut in Kings County on Thursday against the Knicks, but Hurricane Sandy forced the game to be postponed.

Now, they'll begin their Brooklyn history against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday at the Barclays Center.

The core of the Nets was kept intact when they re-signed star point guard Deron Williams, center Brook Lopez and forward Kris Humphries.

But beyond those three, nearly the entire roster is new.

And no offseason acquisition was more vital to the Nets' future than All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson.

Williams credits the deal with bringing him back to the franchise, when he could have left to play for the Dallas Mavericks.

A high-level scoring threat, Johnson should free up Williams to create more opportunities for himself and his teammates.

The other key holdovers from the New Jersey Nets are Mar'Shon Brooks, a second-year guard who surprised by averaging 12.6 points as a late first-round pick, and veteran Gerald Wallace. The Nets landed Wallace from the Portland Trail Blazers last March, and his well-rounded skill set makes him a key asset for Brooklyn.

Other moves were more subtle, such as the signings of C.J. Watson, Josh Childress, Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche to fill needs off the bench.

Nets TV info: Nets host Raptors at 7:30 Saturay night on YES

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