The 2013 NBA trade deadline was absolutely loaded with activity, sending a handful of the league’s star players to different locker rooms.
Please tell me you understood the sarcasm of that first sentence, because the biggest name to be moved at the deadline was Orlando’s J.J. Redick.
The 2013 trade deadline was, well, disappointing. Despite a flurry of rumors being churned out via Twitter and elsewhere, no true big-name players were moved prior to the deadline.
Despite that fact, the moves that did occur will directly impact a variety of different players involved. While marquee NBA players like Josh Smith, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson will carry on as per usual, players connected to deals (directly or indirectly) will be impacted in a variety of ways.
Note: Only NBA players who played a role prior to being traded - OR - who will see an increase in minutes following a trade - OR - who will see a decrease in minutes following a trade will be included. So while the Phoenix Suns added Hamed Haddadi, he didn’t play a single minute for Toronto, and that likely won’t change behind Marcin Gortat and Jermaine O’Neal.
In arguably the most minor trade I’ll cover, Anthony Morrow was shipped from the Atlanta Hawks to the Dallas Mavericks for Dahntay Jones.
It’s unlikely that either of these players will make too big of an impact in their new threads considering that they’ve averaged just 25.2 minutes per game combined.
Again, like all of the trades at the deadline, this is not a blockbuster. However, the trade seems to make less sense for the Mavs.
Both players have expiring contracts this summer, so both teams will have money coming off the books. Nevertheless, a tweet by Mavericks beat writer Dwain Price deserves some attention:
The #Mavs basically traded defense (Dahntay Jones) for offense (Anthony Morrow). Will adding another new face to the mix be the difference?
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) February 21, 2013
Morrow is a great outside shooter. He’s shooting an impressive 39.5 percent from beyond the arc this season in limited minutes. However, the Mavericks already have plenty of offense. They are in desperate need of instilling some defense.
Prior to this trade, the Mavs ranked seventh in the NBA in points per game and 28th in the NBA in opponent points allowed.
Adding another shooter, who plays the same position as O.J. Mayo no less, isn’t going to make a positive impact.
Either way, don’t expect more than a handful of minutes from both guys.
Despite Ronnie Brewer’s atrocious shooting statistics of 36.6 percent from the field, 31 percent from beyond the arc and 41 percent from the free-throw line, the defensive-minded swingman started 34 out of 46 games played for the New York Knicks.
Prior to the deadline, he was shipped west to Oklahoma City. If anyone should be happy in this deal, it’s Brewer himself. He left an Eastern Conference team in playoff contention for the Western Conference Thunder with championship aspirations.
Although Brewer did start 34 games for the Knicks, he only averaged 15.5 minutes per game. It’s unlikely that his minutes will see an increase in OKC, because he’ll be spelling Kevin Durant when the superstar needs a breather.
If, however, the Thunder decide to play a small lineup with KD at power forward, Brewer could squeeze his way into the rotation as a defensive specialist.
Brewer’s offense has been terrible this season, but the Thunder have plenty of offense already with Durant and Russell Westbrook.
Poor, poor Toney Douglas. After a year with the New York Knicks spent buried on the depth chart behind an aging Baron Davis and Mike Bibby’s corpse, Douglas actually carved out a niche as a nice role player with the Houston Rockets.
Now he’s going to a disaster zone.
It’s almost as if the Sacramento Kings’ franchise-building goal is to add as many shoot-first guards as possible. Douglas will join a logjam of a backcourt that already highlights Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Aaron Brooks, Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton.
Douglas is dreaming if he thinks he’s going to get meaningful minutes for the rest of the season.
Patrick Patterson is a solid NBA role player, but giving up on a lottery pick (Thomas Robinson) who was drafted fifth overall just last year to get him and save a small amount of money is a mistake.
With that said, Patterson is a scoring power forward who shoots a respectable 36.5 percent from long range. Despite that bright spot, he collects a very disappointing 4.7 rebounds per game. He's a good (not great) defender, and as a bigger guy at 6’9” and 235 pounds, Patterson plays more like a small forward.
Whether or not his skill set will open up minutes over Sacramento Kings like Jason Thompson and James Johnson remains the big question.
Even so, it’s logical to think that Patterson will receive a healthy amount of minutes when you factor that he doesn’t have to compete with the roster’s seven guards.
Okay, if the Phoenix Suns organization thinks they’re going to sell more tickets the rest of the way because they now have identical twin brothers on the roster, they’re sorely mistaken.
The Suns have been abysmal this season without Steve Nash, and they’re in last place in the Western Conference as a result. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Markieff and Marcus are excited to play together again, but does Marcus even fit the Suns roster to begin with?
Marcus Morris reinvented himself to some degree with the Rockets, shooting 38.1 percent from downtown.
Despite carving a niche in Houston, Marcus will have to fight for playing time with Jared Dudley, P.J. Tucker, Michael Beasley, Luis Scola and his brother Markieff at either the power forward or small forward spots.
The Suns have nothing to lose moving forward, though, so they could start the twins together if they want to play up the gimmick. I wouldn't be surprised if Marcus sees less minutes in Phoenix than he did in Houston, though.
When Alvin Gentry was still head coach of the Phoenix Suns, Sebastian Telfair was utilized as the backup point guard who led the second unit, provided a defensive spark, knocked down some threes and played with great energy.
Following Gentry’s departure, first-time head coach Lindsey Hunter benched Telfair in favor of getting rookie point guard Kendall Marshall more minutes and NBA experience.
Now that Telfair has been shipped to Toronto, Marshall’s position as backup point guard to Goran Dragic has been solidified moving forward.
As for the Raptors, they’ll gain a high-energy defender to back up Kyle Lowry. As a result, shoot-first, shoot-second backup point guard John Lucas III will likely be relegated to third on Toronto’s point guard depth chart.
Telfair should be thrilled to get out of Phoenix, where he was being passed on to develop the rookie. I suspect both Marshall and Telfair will see increased minutes, while Lucas will see a dip in his.
Finally, the Portland Trail Blazers will add someone to the league’s worst bench. Unfortunately for Portland, they’re adding a bench guy behind one of the team’s best players.
The Trail Blazers' bench is not only the lowest scoring bench in the league at 16.7 points per game, but their bench also notches the lowest average minutes per game of any team (13.3), according to HoopsStats.
Adding a solid perimeter defender off the bench is a step toward improving the worst second unit in the league. However, with Damian Lillard averaging 38.5 minutes per game out of the point guard spot, that doesn’t leave much time for Eric Maynor to make an impact.
Portland could choose to play Lillard and Maynor simultaneously, but that leaves Wesley Matthews out of the mix at shooting guard.
I like the move to improve a terrible bench. I’m just not sure how much of an impact it will make when Maynor is behind Lillard on the depth chart.
Again, this isn’t exactly an eye-popping deadline deal. However, as Bill Simmons of ESPN and Grantland.com wrote, “My rule with these things is that, if the contracts are equal, you always want the guy who can walk over the guy who can't walk.”
Simmons is poking fun at the fact that Jordan Crawford was acquired by the Boston Celtics for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins. Barbosa is currently out for the remainder of the year with a torn ACL.
The fact that the Washington Wizards essentially gave Boston Crawford could be seen as a red flag. Either that or Crawford will play with a chip on his shoulder now that he’s part of a playoff team.
Crawford is known for his egregiously terrible shot selection. He’s shooting just 41.5 percent from the field this season on 11.8 shot attempts per game. Granted, that’s just about the same shooting percentage as Roy Hibbert, who is shooting 41.6 percent as a 7’2” center.
Despite Crawford’s negatives, ESPN Stats and Information pointed out a rather bizarre stat via Twitter:
Jordan Crawford is 1 of 7 players to average 18 pts, 5 ast, & 4 rebs per 36 min this season (LeBron, Wade, Kobe, Westbrook, Manu & Harden).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 21, 2013
Crawford will join Avery Bradley, Jason Terry and Courtney Lee in Boston’s backcourt, sharing time to replace Rajon Rondo by association.
Meanwhile, in Washington, Bradley Beal’s minutes just opened up even more.
Considering that Thomas Robinson was the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, his numbers during his rookie year have been disappointing.
He’s shooting 42.4 percent from the field, averaging 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
That said, T-Rob was getting just 15.9 minutes per contest in Sacramento. And, oh yeah, the guy was a top-five pick last year! You don’t give up on a lottery pick that quickly, Sacramento!
In all seriousness, Bill Simmons pointed out in a recent article that Chris Webber, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Joe Johnson and others were all underachieving lottery picks that got traded before they became great players. It may be too early to lump Robinson into that group, but don’t be surprised if that happens.
I love the fact that Robinson will be learning under Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, one of the greatest power forwards of all time. If McHale can provide Robinson with a variety of post moves, he could be downright terrifying.
Don’t forget, T-Rob averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game during his final season at Kansas.
The change of scenery is 100 percent positive for Robinson.
J.J. Redick was the biggest NBA name moved before an admittedly boring trade deadline. He’s played fantastic basketball this season for Orlando, averaging career highs in points (15.1), assists (4.4), rebounds (2.4) and field-goal percentage (45 percent).
Milwaukee should be excited to add him for spare parts, even if he is in the final year of his contract.
Although Redick has put himself in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation for his play off the bench, it will be interesting to see how Redick fits into a backcourt that already has the dueling banjo tandem of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
Considering that Ellis is a paltry defender who is shooting a nausea-inducing 22.8 percent from beyond the arc (while taking a ludicrous 3.5 attempts per game from downtown, mind you), any minutes the Bucks can get from Redick that will relegate Ellis to the bench could be seen as a net positive.
As for the post-Redick era in Orlando…Tank Mode Engage!
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