After the completion of last night's games, over 20 percent of the 2010-11 NBA season is now in the books.
Hard to believe, right? It seems like just yesterday we were crowning the Heat for their fifth straight NBA Championship and still determining whether the Clippers had a realistic playoff chance.
As the season continues to unfold in the next few weeks, we're going to start to get a really clear picture of who the actual contenders are as the low- to mid-level teams start to expose their faults and weaknesses. When that happens, you can expect to hear a lot of trade talk.
One name that's already been thrown into the mix by ESPN's Ric Bucher is Steve Nash. It's not a guarantee that Nash will inevitably be traded—he loves Phoenix, the city embraces him and the Suns, despite their 8-9 record, are in second place in the Pacific Division and are by no means out of the playoff hunt.
At the same time, they are what they are. The loss of Amar'e Stoudemire has really hurt their production from the power forward spot this year, and they're not getting better...or younger. So, if an opportunity comes along to move Nash while acquiring some younger players and draft picks, saving money and allowing Goran Dragic to take over at the point, then it's probably in Phoenix's best interest (long-term) to do so.
There are more than a handful of teams that could use Nash's services, but there is one middle-of-the-pack team that could be bumped up to contenders if they acquired him: the Atlanta Hawks.
I'm not trying to break down the semantics of an actual trade. Maybe Jordan Crawford, Jamal Crawford's expiring contract and a few future draft picks are enough.
Or maybe Atlanta would have to give up Josh Smith and absorb one of Phoenix's long-term contracts, like Hedo Turkoglu or Josh Childress (eligible to be traded after Dec. 15).
But allow me to present five reasons that Nash and the Hawks would be a perfect fit for each other.