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2011 Year in Review. December 9. Torrington's Williams, Nets reach two-year agreement

POSTED January 01, 2012
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia



2011 Year in Review. June 22. At the home of former Torrington HS star Jordan Williams on the night before he was drafted by the New Jersey Nets of the NBA.

It’s official.

Torrington’s Jordan Williams officially inked a two-year guaranteed contract with the New Jersey Nets on Friday.

The length and guarantee of the contract is significant as NBA teams generally do not give second round picks multiple-year deals. Clearly, the Nets have high hopes for Williams, who was taken with the 36th pick in June’s draft.

Due to the lockout, training camp began on the same day players were eligible to sign so Williams is already in New Jersey working with his new team.

On a local historical note, the similiarites between Williams’ ride to the league to fellow Naugatuck Valley League alum Ryan Gomes is pretty remarkable.

Gomes, from Wilby and currently a Clipper, was drafted in the second round by the Boston Celtics in 2005. Not only that, he was awarded with a rare two-year contact for a second–rounder and has parlayed that into a very solid career as he enters his seventh season in the NBA this week.

Gomes’ career is a great model for Williams to follow and if he does, he will have done very well for himself.

The signing of Williams wasn’t the only news surrounding the Nets on Friday as the team is currently considered a favorite to land Dwight Howard, Orlando’s All-Star center. However, tampering charges have been filed by Orlando against the Nets, so if a deal were to be done, it may take a while before that is resolved.

While there’s uncertainly regarding the Howard situation, one certainty for the team is that Jordan Williams will be on it.

After the draft combines, the draft itself and the lockout, you can bet Williams is happy to move past the business of basketball off the court and get to work on it.

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