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Do you think guarding each other is awkward?
Trading away a franchise point guard in Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans was certainly a random and slightly extreme move.
It also looks like the best move Philly could have made.
The Sixers must have known that Michael Carter-Williams would be a lock to deliver come opening night because he's been nothing short of sensational. In fact, let's take a look at how his 2013-14 season compares to Holiday's.
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We're only halfway through the season, but it doesn't look like the Sixers are missing Holiday's production too much.
Carter-Williams is doing just fine in his place.
The best part for the Sixers is that they haven't even seen the man they got with the No. 6 pick they traded for. Nerlens Noel has yet to play in a game because of a torn ACL suffered in February of 2013, but there's nothing wrong with that.
Bleacher Report's Dan Favale described how Philly will benefit from the trade in an article that broke down the deal:
This wasn't an easy trade to make. The Philadelphia franchise and its fanbase were exhausted after a season of trials and tribulations, and seeing their prized point man shuffle off to New Orleans is bound to sting.
Just know that it was for the better of this team.
Analysts considered Noel the easy choice with the No. 1 overall pick before he went down with an ACL injury in February. He's a shot-blocking connoisseur who excels when defending in transition.
Prior to the injury, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game. Even the injury proved that he is a defensive warrior. Noel tore his ACL while pursuing a chase-down block on the break.
That's the kind of effort he'll bring to Philly.
Noel hasn't played a minute of NBA basketball, but the Sixers have still come out on top of the trade based on getting a likely lottery pick in the 2014 NBA draft and deciding to take Carter-Williams with the No. 11 pick.
Add a healthy Noel to the mix and Philadelphia could be one of the East's better teams in a couple of years.
It might be the result of moving Holiday to New Orleans.