Did the Corey Maggette Trade Make the Charlotte Bobcats Better?
The only real blockbuster trade that occurred on draft day was a three-team trade with the Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats. The deal sent swingman Corey Maggette and the seventh overall pick to the Bobcats, Stephen Jackson, Beno Udrih, Shaun Livingston and the 19th pick to the Bucks, and John Salmons and the 10th pick to the Kings.
The Bucks acquired the best player traded in Jackson, but did the Bobcats come out winners with the acquisition of Maggette and the drafting of Bismack Biyombo?
Jackson and Maggette are similar players in that they are both known for their scoring and their lack of motivation on defense. Jackson was the team captain and leading scorer last season for the Bobcats. They followed their first playoff appearance in franchise history with a disappointing 34-48 season that saw the franchise's only All-Star, Gerald Wallace, traded to the Portland Trail Blazers mid-season.
Jackson's stats dropped slightly from last season but he still posted averages of 18 PPG, 5 RPG and 4 APG. Maggette struggled to adapt to the Bucks' system last season and was slowed by a preseason ankle injury.
He posted averages of 12 PPG, 3 RPG and 1 APG. With the departure of Jackson and the mid-season trade of Wallace, Maggette will likely be counted on to be one of the Bobcats' main scorers next season.
Some of the things Maggette will bring to the Bobcats are an excellent scoring ability and the ability to get to the free-throw line consistently—and knock them down (82 percent career free-throw shooter). He is a good mid-range jump shooter and is good at getting to the rim and finishing or creating contact to draw the foul.
While he may not be the defender or the mismatch that Jackson was, he can play both the shooting guard and small forward positions and can, and probably will, be the Bobcats leading scorer next season. With the drafting of Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo, along with the acquisition of Maggette, I'm seeing the Bobcats as the winners of this trade down the road.
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