NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Predictions for Top Players in New Places

Haddon Anderson@HaddonAndersonAnalyst IMarch 16, 2012

NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Predictions for Top Players in New Places

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    The 2012 NBA trade deadline has passed, and teams didn't end up making as much noise as everyone anticipated.

    The marquee names, such as Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Deron Williams, didn't move anywhere.

    With that said, there were still some deals made that should cause major impact. It's time to look at certain players who are relocating and analyze how they will fare in their new locations.

    Here are the predictions for the top players headed to new places.

Ramon Sessions: L.A. Lakers

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    Ramon Sessions gives the Lakers the upgrade at point guard they desperately needed. Will his career take off in L.A.?

    In the season's second half, expect him to spark the Lakers to a strong regular season finish. He'll most likely tally around 12 points per game and six assists an outing. 

    Such numbers, while not overly impressive, would surely help the Lakers and could prove pivotal down the stretch.

    Come the playoffs, expect Sessions to shine in the early rounds, but his presence won't be enough to carry them back to the NBA Finals. Despite the Lakers deadline deals, it's tough to foresee them ousting the surging Oklahoma City Thunder.

Stephen Jackson: San Antonio Spurs

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    Captain Jack is back in San Antonio, where he won his one and only championship in 2003. 

    Jackson should prove to be a wise addition for the gritty, veteran Spurs. While he is 33-years-old, he's not far removed from averaging around 20 points per game.

    Don't expect him to average anywhere close to 20 with San Antonio, but if he can produce 12-14 PPG as the starting small forward (or sixth man), that will be crucial for the Spurs.

    What's more, he possesses loads of playoff experience and his presence will be valuable in the playoffs. If this aging Spurs bunch is able to make one last deep playoff run this season, it's safe to predict that Jackson will be a key component. 

    The Spurs' acquisition of Jackson was a minor move, but expect it to have major impact as the season unfolds. It could even push San Antonio over the hump and help them return to the Finals.

Gerald Wallace: New Jersey Nets

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    This is somewhat of a mysterious addition for the Nets, but they're apparently seeking to stockpile players to appease point guard Deron Williams (in an effort to keep him beyond this season).

    Expect Wallace to tally decent numbers in New Jersey, potentially 15 points, seven rebounds and a block per game. 

    But don't expect Wallace to be enough to Keep D-Will around. In fact, Williams is already indicating that he plans to opt-out after this year. 

    This is clearly a desperation move by the Nets and there's no reason to think this will pay major dividends.

Andrew Bogut: Golden State Warriors

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    Andrew Bogut most likely won't return this year due to a fractured ankle, so the prediction for him must be for the long-term future.

    The No. 1 overall pick in 2005 has never really developed into a dominant big man. Productive, yes, but not dominant.

    And he's also battled injuries.

    Expect him to piece together a few quality seasons with the Warriors, averaging around 14 PPG, 8 RPG and 2 BPG. 

    But as he hits his thirties, don't be surprised if injuries begin to mount and his career begins to spiral downward. 

    Bogut's a solid player, but it's easy to wonder if the Warriors gave up too much to get him by dealing leading scorer Monta Ellis.

Nick Young: Los Angeles Clippers

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    Nick Young knows how to score, there's no doubt about that.

    The problem is he doesn't do much else.

    On paper, it will probably look as if Young's really helping the Clippers. He'll most likely average between 12-15 PPG.

    But since he doesn't bring much to the table in other areas, it's tough to say that he'll end up really impacting things in Lob City.

    Young will have some big games throughout the course of the season, but don't expect him to be the final piece to the championship puzzle for the Clips.

Nene: Washington Wizards; JaVale McGee: Denver Nuggets

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    This deal doesn't make the Denver Nuggets any better, nor does it improve the Washington Wizards.

    But it also doesn't make either team worse. 

    The main difference between these two is that Nene has five years left on a hefty contract, while McGee is going to be a free agent come the summer.

    Nene will produce efficiently in Washington for the next few years, but they're going to need much, much more for he and John Wall to lead the Wiz to the playoffs.

    And McGee will accumulate his usual lofty rebound and block totals in Denver, but his future there beyond this year is uncertain.

    Nene and McGee were two of the more quality players dealt, but this deal doesn't look like it will carry major impact.

Monta Ellis: Milwaukee Bucks

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    Monta Ellis was the best player dealt during the deadline week and he'll almost assuredly have the greatest impact.

    He joins Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee to form a potent backcourt tandem.

    Furthermore, young big man Ersan Ilyasova has really shown promise lately, giving the Bucks a handful of talented players.

    The Bucks are currently fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It will likely come down to them or the New York Knicks squeaking into the playoffs.

    Expect the presence of Ellis in Milwaukee to push them ahead of New York. He'll average around 20 PPG and suddenly give the Bucks a starting five who can compete with anybody.