NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Players Who Will Excel with New Teams
After weeks of rumors, speculation and, yes, even some actual trades, the dust has finally settled following the NBA trade deadline. Some teams were able to pull off moves they hope will provide a boost down the stretch, while others were forced to stand pat.
For the players who were traded, it's a chance at a fresh start. Regardless of how they were playing or what their role was with their previous team, the final few months of the regular season, and potentially the playoffs, are an opportunity to finish on a high note.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three players who are on the move and should fit in well with their new teams.
Thomas Robinson (Houston Rockets)
The first surprise of trading season came when the Houston Rockets acquired Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and cash.
Robinson was selected with the fifth overall pick in the draft but struggled to find a consistent role with the Kings. He was playing less than 16 minutes per night, and was averaging just five points and five rebounds.
He should see his role increase markedly in Houston, especially with Patterson getting shipped out in the same trade. His athleticism should make him a perfect fit playing alongside James Harden and Jeremy Lin with the high-scoring Rockets.
Which of these players will be the best pickup?
Jordan Crawford (Boston Celtics)
Leading up to the deadline, there was plenty of talk about the Celtics subtracting at the deadline.
Instead, they decided to add.
Boston traded Leandro Barbosa, who is out for the remainder of the 2012-13 season after recently tearing his ACL, and Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards in order to land Crawford.
The third-year guard was third on the Wizards in scoring, and the Celtics were able to acquire him without giving up any impact pieces. The emergence of Bradley Beal made him expendable, and it allowed Boston to get him cheap.
Suddenly, the Celtics rotation is reinforced with another wing scorer capable of taking some pressure off Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Crawford should pair with Courtney Lee to give Boston solid production from the two-guard spot.
Anthony Morrow (Dallas Mavericks)
One trade that flew under the radar was the Mavericks picking up Morrow for Dahntay Jones. It was a simple swap involving players that were struggling to find a role, so it should work out for both teams.
Morrow has more upside, though.
The Georgia Tech product was averaging just five points per game in 13 minutes per night for the Hawks. He had previous stints with the Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets where he was more productive but couldn't find the same niche in Atlanta.
He's one of the best shooters in the league.
For his career, he's shot 43 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the line. He should be able to provide a spark off the bench for Dallas, making him an underrated deadline addition.
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