Can any NBA draft day trade top the 1998 night when the Dallas Mavericks swapped their No. 6 pick—Robert Traylor—with the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki?
Traylor, who spent seven years in the NBA before calling it quits after the 2004-05 season with Cleveland, averaged a mere 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in a career that saw him play for four different teams.
Nowitzki, meanwhile, is a perennial All-Star who averaged 25 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1 block per game for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2009-10 season.
Completing his 12th season in the NBA, Nowitzki has career averages of 22.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.02 blocks per game.
In addition, Nowitzki is a career 38 percent shooter from beyond the arc while draining 87.6 percent of his shots from the charity stripe.
Damn good deal for the Mavericks in my opinion.
But will Nowitzki still be donning Dallas blue next season?
And, will there be a 2010 draft-day trade that one day will make this list?
It appears as though New Orleans, who chose Kansas junior Cole Aldrich with the No. 11 pick in this year’s draft, have made a trade with Oklahoma City—but will that pan out to be a major draft-day deal?
Only time will tell, but stay tuned to Bleacher Report for the latest breaking news concerning NBA trades and draft day moves…
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