NBA Trades: Grading the Hawks' Kirk Hinrich, Wizards' Mike Bibby Deadline Deal
Atlanta Hawks Get:
PG Kirk Hinrich and C/PF Hilton Armstrong
Washington Wizards Get:
PG Mike Bibby, G Jordan Crawford, SF Maurice Evans and a 2011 First round Pick
Atlanta's Grade: D+
It gives them a seven-year veteran who's known to be a hard-nosed defender who rarely turns the ball over. The Hawks adding Hinrich made complete sense. This season the Hawks have had a severe drought at the point.
Mike Bibby isn't the same Mike Bibby he was 10 years ago—leading the Kings to the Western Conference Finals.
Jeff Teague has built a small resume in the NBA—logging only 11 minutes per game—and most likely won't be leading the Hawks anywhere.
Hinrich could get the backcourt into a more fluid motion in the second half of the season.
However, I still have to give the Hawks a D+ grade.
The acquisition of Hilton Armstrong makes little sense. He's a four-year veteran who is 6'11" and looks like a twig ready to snap in half. He's never averaged more than 2.5 rebounds and can't score worth a lick, averaging 3.2 career points per game.
Not to mention, neither Hinrich nor Armstrong are worth a first-round pick.
As stated above, Mike Bibby isn't even close to the same player he used to be. On the other hand, he will give the Wizards a solid veteran off the bench—which they have lacked for years. Along with the minutes, Bibby gives rookie John Wall a great mentor—thanks to his solid track record.
Maurice Evans, gives the Wizards a subpar veteran and isn't worthy of a conversation.
The Wizards won this trade by a long-shot by acquiring Jordan Crawford and a first-round pick in the upcoming draft.
Crawford, (the same Crawford who dunked on LeBron James) was a first-round pick in last year's draft.
He can do a variety of things with the basketball. With a knack for creating his own shot, matched with the ability to catch and shoot, he's a hybrid guard.
The first round pick that was part of the package is a good asset. However, it most likely will be a pick in the early 20's, since the Hawks will likely be in the playoffs.
In the end, this trade makes more sense for the Wizards as they continue to build through the draft and let their younger players see more of the hardwood.
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