NBA Trades: Ramon Sessions and Players Who Will Shine with New Teams
Now that the trade deadline has passed, we get to analyze what has happened instead of what is going to happen. There were a surprising number of trades that came down in the last couple of hours yesterday, and in many of them, there are players who are going to shine in their new digs.
There are two reasons players tend to get traded. They are either traded "away," or they are traded "for."
Generally, when players are traded "for," it's because teams they are going to wanted them there. They are going to get a chance to shine in their new digs.
Here are seven such players who will shine the brightest.
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JaVale McGee is a player who could really benefit from a change of scenery—a lot.
If "stupid plays seen hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube" were a stat, then McGee would lead the league in it. The weird thing is that, with all of them, there's a a silver lining behind the stupid cloud.
He's an incredibly athletic player, and for all the questions about him, he plays hard. Being on a new team where he's not just known for being stupid is a huge deal for McGee.
In particular, he's going from a team where the word "share" is something you have to look up in the "English to Wizards" dictionary, and it says "untranslatable." Not only does the word not exist in Washington, the concept doesn't.
For a big man like McGee, that's a big limitation. Now, he's going from a team that was 29th in assist ratio to fifth. That's just a lot of a big of difference.
Look for McGee's numbers to grow.
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Stephen Jackson went from the outhouse to the guesthouse to the White House, metaphorically speaking. First, he was that player you trade "away" when he went to Golden State, but then, San Antonio traded "for" him.
In Milwaukee, he was persona non grata. In San Antonio, he walks back onto a team where he once won a ring with teammates who he won it with and a coach he won it under.
Not only that, but he replaces one of the worst contracts that San Antonio ever handed out—which is partly because San Antonio just doesn't give out bad contracts.
Jackson is happy as a clam right now, and why shouldn't he be? He's historically been a player who can put up impressive numbers when he's motivated, and he'll be motivated.
Watch for a huge boost in Jackson's numbers in San Antonio.
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Nene was that piece in the auction where the bidding just gets out of control for some reason. It becomes more about "winning" the auction than getting the piece.
Denver won the bidding at $13 million, but the question is whether he's worth that much. At least, that's the question that Denver started to ask right after they signed him.
Now, they have traded him to Washington. His numbers are down this year, but that's in part because his minutes are down. He's played just 29.5 minutes averaging 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. His per-36-minute stats aren't that bad though. He's averaging 16.4 points and 9.1 boards.
In Washington, look for his numbers to go up, chiefly because his minutes will go up.
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Nick Young has, at times, looked like a superstar in the making. At other times, he's looked like he's just in a stupor. He's not the perfect shooting guard, but he does the one thing that the Clippers really need right now.
Some might argue that he shoots too much and is a bit of a chucker. They would be right. But he's also played in a system and on a team where everything was out of control.
Playing on a team that has some internal discipline, and most importantly, alongside a point guard like Chris Paul, should help with that.
Young is young, but he'll mature with Paul. He'll be what the Clippers need, and they'll be what he needs.
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Pretty much, Deron Williams could make me look good, so what's he going to do with Gerald Wallace? I mean think about it, he makes Kris Humphries a threat.
What's he going to do with a real talent like Gerald Wallace?
Wallace is one of the best players in the NBA at creating shots without the ball. He averages 1.1 points per play off screens, and he averages 1.3 points per play off cuts. He averages 1.09 points per play as the roll man on a pick-and-roll.
Wallace will form a dynamic partner for Williams as they will team up to form more than two "W's" between them.
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Monta Ellis was traded—what seems like a season-and-a-half ago now—but he has yet to play his first game with Milwaukee. Ironically, his first game with Milwaukee at Golden State is tonight.
The new-look Bucks team should be plenty interesting. The Bucks have been heating things up lately as their schedule has gotten a lot easier. Ersan Ilyasova has been blossoming; Drew Gooden has been playing well. He's averaging 18 points and eight rebounds as a starter.
This is a team where adding one more player could really make a difference. A backcourt of Ellis and Brandon Jennings might have some liabilities defensively, but it sure will be exciting offensively.
With one of the NBA's easiest schedules the rest of the way and clinging to the last playoff spot in the East, Ellis will be key to helping the Bucks to hold on.
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Perhaps the biggest explosion waiting to happen is Ramon Sessions, who is stepping into the perfect situation for his skill set. He's a very solid pick-and-roll point guard.
The Lakers kept Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Kobe Bryant has been showing signs lately of committing more to getting the inside-out game going.
Sessions will have the role and ability to distribute. He'll have all the players that he needs to distribute to. How many point guards have the enviable task of trying to figure out whether to give the ball to Gasol on the elbow, Bynum in the post or Kobe on the wing?
Sessions is not a "great" point guard, but he is a good one. He averaged 7.6 assists per 36 minutes with far less effective weapons. You can only expect that number to go up in Los Angeles.
Look for Sessions to put together some rather gaudy assist numbers for the rest of the year. Double digits is not only reasonable, it's probable.