Rudy Fernandez: Why Fernandez Makes Mavericks NBA Title Favorites in 2012
The Best Trade In The NBA Happened To Involve Rudy Fernandez
For the last three years, Rudy Fernandez has provided a spark off the Portland Trailblazers bench. He plays for about 24 minutes a night and gave his team a decent scoring option. Now he finds himself on the World Champion, Dallas Maverick's roster.
Dallas traded the 26th and 57th pick in a three team deal that involved Portland and Denver. The Mavericks received Petteri Koponen and Rudy Fernandez in the trade. When the trade was announced I was shocked that a team coming off a title, could acquire someone with such talents. Dallas gets Fernandez and all they give up is two players that haven't proved anything.
This is a pivotal point in Fernandez's career. The time has come for Fernandez to start for an NBA team. He is a great guard/forward coming off the bench and would be a player that the Mavericks have to see starting at the two. Again, for two unproven draft picks, this trade is a steal for Dallas!
Fernandez is only 26 and adds youth to a very veteran team. I see him as a fixture on the team for years to come. Vegas has already put Miami as the favorites to win and NBA title, but I have to believe to be the best you have to beat the best. However, the Mavericks are getting old. Dallas needed to add more talent in the offseason, to stay at the top for the next few years, and succeeded.
Rudy's numbers will only get better with time increased on the court. Dallas get a viable starter and a weapon this offseason. It is clear that the Mavericks aren't resting on their accomplishments.
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