Bring on the warm weather!
With both the All Star break and trade deadline behind us, we shouldn’t be too far away from just that. But that feels funny typing that out in the middle of Indiana right now. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the trade deadline deals and the next few match ups in the NBA Mascot Fight. Shawn is along again for some help with covering this mascot beatdown.
Also, before we get too far in we want to express that our thoughts are with Derrick Rose and Bulls fans. It has to suck to have this stuff keep happening. Rose is an exceptional talent and by all accounts, a stellar person. We wish him a speedy recovery.
NBA Mascot Tournament
Today we'll look at the final results of week one.
All Star Weekend.
All Star festivities in New York were pretty standard fare. One of the best shooters of all time catching fire in a three point contest and winning it. Oh, and Zach LaVine had the best dunk contest in years and one of the best ever. I mean, just look for yourself.
While Zach LaVine certainly made a name for himself for the average viewer, what will have an impact on this season and those to come is the flurry before the trade deadline. Today we’re going to take a look at some winners and losers of the deadline.
Oklahoma City Thunder. While, this could end up being a loss if Durant bolts for another team, I think most of that damage was already done in the James Harden trade.They took a pass on getting Sideshow Bob’s brother and chose to take a player on in Kanter, that provides quality big man minutes for them and with better defense for a much cheaper price. In Singler and Augustin they got shooters unafraid to take big shots. The kind of players the Thunder should be stocking up on with the dynamic talents of Westbrook and Durant attracting attention. Still, if they don’t make enough of a splash, the pressure will soon build on a team that has yet to reach its championship aspirations.
Miami Heat. Getting the best player moved during the deadline activity is a big plus. Dragic is a terrific ball handler and will take a lot of pressure off of Wade if he can ever stay on the court. Getting the news shortly after concerning Bosh certainly puts a damper on this season. And the Heat will still have to pay Dragic. Still, they netted their guy. We hope the best for Chris Bosh.
Portland Trailblazers. I really like Afflalo. I especially like him in more of a spot up situation and extra ball handler. He’s a tough defender and good character guy. The Blazers made a good move here.
Phoenix Suns. I know we just listed the Heat as a winner for getting Goran Dragic off of the Suns roster. But Phoenix has picked up a player in Brandon Knight that is not as good but is much cheaper and will be a nice trade chip. The young roster should develop and by the time it does, Dragic would be exiting his prime years. The move has to be hard to swallow for now Suns fans, but your front office probably made the right move. Especially after Dragic’s public push to leave.
Boston Celtics. I’m not really sure what Ainge is doing here. Isaiah Thomas is a decent player but plays the same position as their best young player. It’s a little puzzling unless Thomas is being used as a trade chip in the near future.
Philadelphia 76ers. They already attract a ton of attention for the bold style they’re using to try and improve their team. The moves today may actually improve their chances to keep along that same path. But the fan base won’t wait forever and they’ve insured that games this season in which they were fun to watch won’t keep up. MCW may not have been the franchise centerpieces, but losing KJ McDaniels all because of their cute contract maneuvering has to hurt.
Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks have made defense their calling card under coach Jason Kidd. (Which is finally maybe not weird to say.) Michael Carter Williams will fit right along with the rest of the long armed onslaught the Bucks throw at opponents. But losing Knight makes it that much harder to find a ball handler able to find others and take it upon their self for tough buckets late in games.
A bonus winner of these deals may be Danny Granger playing in Phoenix. Their training staff is the stuff of legend. As a Pacers fan, I hope they can do for him what they did for Grant Hill, Steve Nash, and others. Good luck Danny.
Thanks for checking out another edition of The Backdoor Cut. Have a great week.