NBA Trades 2013: Deals That Will Immediately Affect Postseason Picture

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2013

Feb 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Patrick Patterson (54) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NBA trade deadline came and went with hardly a peep. The most talked-about player rumored to be headed out of town, Atlanta's Josh Smith, went unmoved, highlighting one of the most lackluster deadline days in recent memory.

But just because this NBA trade season lacked the blockbuster, landscape-altering deals fans have become accustomed to seeing over the years, it doesn't mean that some big-time moves weren't made. There were a handful of trades at the deadline, some involving key role players like J.J. Redick, Jordan Crawford and Patrick Patterson

With the final stretch of the 2012-13 season upon us, and the playoff push upcoming, here we'll take a closer look at a pair of trades that will immediately impact the postseason picture.


Celtics Acquire Jordan Crawford for Next to Nothing

The Boston Celtics looked to be a playoff team in the days leading up to Thursday's trade deadline, but now they look even more certain to make the postseason after acquiring shooting guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Leandro Barbosa (out for the season with an ACL injury) and Jason Collins.

This trade does nothing for Washington in terms of helping it win, but Boston desperately needed an outside scoring punch in order to improve its spot in the standings. They needed a shooter to help avoid Miami and Indiana in the first round, and they got just that. Crawford, a third-year player out of Xavier, averaged 13.2 points per game this season with the Wizards.

Crawford made his Celtics debut in Friday's win over the Phoenix Suns, scoring 10 points in 17 minutes on 4-of-9 shooting from the field (including 2-of-5 from beyond the arc).

So long as Crawford can continue to give Doc Rivers 15-20 minutes and 10-15 points per night, the Celtics will be in good shape. The additional scoring boost should help Boston climb over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference standings down the stretch.

If Boston can continue to play sound team defense, the No. 4 seed in the East isn't out of the question.


Rockets Bring in Thomas Robinson at Expense of Chemistry

In a surprising trade just one day before the deadline, the Sacramento Kings shipped the No. 5 overall pick in last year's draft, Thomas Robinson, to Houston along with Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt. In return, the Kings received Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas. 

And while bringing in the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft is a big deal, the Rockets lost nearly 20 points per game by agreeing to send Patterson and Douglas to Sactown. Houston also sent Marcus Morris (8.6 PPG) to Phoenix in a different deal.

Don't get me wrong, I love what Robinson brings to the table as an explosive, energetic young player, but I'm not sure he's capable of making up for the lost production right away for Houston, which is bad news for the Rockets. After all, they are clinging to the No. 8 spot out West with the Los Angeles Lakers right behind them looking to push ahead.

James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin will continue to score points for the Rockets, but this trade is certainly enough to cost them a playoff spot this season. They are only three losses better than than the Lakers with about 25 games left to play.

Look for L.A. to continue to improve and ultimately chase down Houston for the final playoff spot out West.


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