Was The Allen Iverson Trade a Good Idea?

Drew RappleyContributor IFebruary 18, 2009


The Allen Iverson trade was a horrible idea, one of the two worst moves ever by Joe Dumars, along with drafting Darko Millic when Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade were the next three All-Star players drafted.

When I first heard of the trade I was kind of excited, though I was sad to see Chauncey leave. I thought, "hey, Allen Iverson is really good; he'll help us a lot!"

No, he really hasn't. I mean sure, he hits 20 points, or even has a 30 point game every now and then. He's a great scorer, but as far as I know he plays no defense, which is something Chauncey did.

With the trade, Detroit has taken quite a dip in the standings. They went from being one of top three teams in the east with Chauncey, to barely making the playoffs as a #7 seed currently.

People have said "ohh, it'll take some time before they really gel; just give them some time." Well, it has been about 2-and-a-half months, and I haven't seen any indication as to why Detroit will finish the season successful, and make a great run in the Playoffs.

Who knows, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Rasheed will realize he's not a guard, and he'll stop shooting 3's, and actually get in the paint where he belongs and where he can be successful.

Detroit still has a quality starting five and good bench players to compete with Boston and Cleveland. But they have failed to play consistent defense ever since their last NBA finals appearance in the 2004-2005 season.

The thought of playing defense in Detroit has left the Pistons mind.