2010 NBA Draft: Top Seven Draft-Day Trades of Past 25 Years
With the 2010 NBA Draft just barely in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to quickly take a glance at some of the biggest trades ever made on draft day.
For a matter of time-reference, let’s look at the past 25 years of NBA draft nights and some of the main moves made on that day.
Teams began looking towards their future during the 2010 NBA Draft. It began when the Washington Wizards selected John Wall at No. 1. And today we’re going to look at seven of the largest draft-day trades of the past 25 years.
Let’s begin with No. 7, in a trade that occurred during the 2006 NBA Draft…
7. 2006: Rudy Gay (No. 8, Houston) for Shane Battier (Memphis)
On NBA draft night in 2006, the Houston Rockets exchanged their No. 8 pick in the first round—Rudy Gay—for Shane Battier of the Memphis Grizzlies.
And looking back, it appears to have benefited both teams.
Since donning a Rockets jersey, Battier has done plenty to help lift Houston to an NBA championship-caliber level.
The same can probably be said about Gay since he’s made Memphis his home.
Last season, Battier averaged 8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists with the Rockets. He also shot 36.2 percent from beyond the arc while doing plenty of the infamous “non-stats” that make him so popular in the NBA—including taking charges.
Gay, meanwhile, averaged 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists with the Grizzlies during the 2009-10 season. He also shot 32.7 percent from three point range.
6. 1996: Stephon Marbury (No. 4, Milwaukee) for Ray Allen (No. 5, Minn.)
On draft night in 1996, the biggest trade of the evening occurred when the Milwaukee Bucks (choosing Stephon Marbury with the No. 4 selection) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (taking Ray Allen with the No. 5 selection) swapped picks.
Marbury, who has 13 years of NBA experience, garnered career numbers of 19.3 points, 7.6 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
And in the 2008-09 season, his final year in the NBA, Marbury averaged 3.8 points and 3.3 assists per game.
Allen, meanwhile, just completed his 14th season in the NBA as a member of the Boston Celtics, averaging 16.3 points and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc curing the 2009-10 season.
In addition, Allen has career numbers of 20.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.18 steals per game.
5. 1998: Antawn Jamison (No. 4, Tor.) for Vince Carter (No. 5, Gol. St.)
One of the biggest NBA Draft night trades in 1998 occurred when the Toronto Raptors (taking Antawn Jamison with the No. 4 selection) and the Golden State Warriors (choosing Vince Carter with the No. 5 selection) swapped picks.
Jamison, with 12 years of NBA experience under his belt, averaged 18.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009-2010.
In his career, Jamison averages 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.05 steals per game while shooting 34.7 percent from three point range.
Carter, meanwhile, averaged 16.6 points and 3.1 assists per game for the Orlando Magic during last season while draining 36.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
In his career, Carter averages 22.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.20 steals per game.
4. 1993: Chris Webber (No. 1, Orl.) for Penny Hardaway (No. 3, Gol. St.)
On the evening of the NBA Draft in 1993, the biggest trade of the night occurred when the Orlando Magic (choosing Chris Webber with the No. 1 selection) and the Golden State Warriors (taking Anfernee Hardaway with the No. 3 selection) swapped picks.
Webber, who spent 15 years in the NBA, put up career averages of 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game.
Pretty impressive if you ask me.
Penny Hardaway, on the other hand, had an injury-plagued career but was able to spend 14 seasons in the NBA.
Hardaway averaged 15.2 points, 5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game—although his highest scoring years came from 1994 through 1997 when he was a member of the Orlando Magic.
3. 2007: Jeff Green (No. 5, Bos) for Ray Allen, Glen Davis (No. 35, Sea)
On NBA Draft night in 2007, the biggest movement took place when the Boston Celtics (taking Jeff Green with the No. 5 selection) and the Seattle Sonics (choosing Glen Davis with the No. 35 selection) swapped picks—along with Ray Allen packaged into the deal sending the All-Star to Boston.
Green, entering his third season in the NBA, averaged 15.1 points and 6 rebounds per game for the Oklahoma City in the 2009-10 season.
In his career, Green averages 14 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Allen, meanwhile (and as mentioned earlier), just completed his 14th season in the NBA while averaging 16.3 points and 2.6 assists per game for the Boston Celtics in the 2009-10 season.
Davis, also a member of the Celtics, averaged 6.3 points and 3.8 rebound per game for Boston last season as a key member of a deep bench.
In his career, Davis averages 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while playing approximately 17.6 minutes per contest.
2. 1987: Scottie Pippen (No. 5, Sea.) for Olden Polynice (No. 8, Chi.)
One of the biggest draft day trades, and arguably No. 1, occurred in the 1987 NBA Draft when the Seattle Sonics (choosing Scottie Pippen with the No. 5 selection) and the Chicago Bulls (taking Olden Polynice with the No. 8 selection) swapped picks.
Pippen, who spent 17 long years in the NBA and won numerous rings alongside the legendary Michael Jordon as a member of the Chicago Bulls, put up career numbers of 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2 steals per game while shooting 32.6 percent from three point range.
Polynice, on the other hand, spent 15 years in the NBA while averaging 7.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
And after averaging 20-plus minutes per game in back-to-back seasons with the Utah Jazz from 1999-2001, Polynice spent two games with the LA Clippers in the 2003-04 season before retiring.
1. 1998: Robert Traylor (No. 6, Dallas) for Dirk Nowitzki (No. 9, Milw.)
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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