Earlier today, the Denver Nuggets swapped Allen Iverson for Detroit's Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb.
Denver has lacked a good true point guard for years now. Chucky Atkins and Anthony Carter are solid players, but they don't compare to Billups. Billups is one of the premier point guards in the NBA, and he brings playoff experience along with his talent.
McDyess also adds playoff experience and a veteran presence to a Denver team that has not survived the first round of postseason basketball since Carmelo Anthony was drafted.
McDyess will find his ways to contribute to this team that has a solid big man in Kenyon Martin, but no spectacular post presence after the departure of Marcus Camby.
Billups will obviously assume the starting point guard position, and J.R. Smith will take over for Iverson at the two.
This one-two combination may make opponents worry more when they roll into Denver. Smith has improved drastically since coming to the Nuggets, and the entire offense will prosper from having Billups as their pilot.
Detroit got 'The Answer,' but this answer may create a problem.
Iverson is not a Detroit-style player. He can play defense well, which was stressed by Flip Saunders and most likely will be echoed by new coach Michael Curry. However, Iverson is the kind of player who needs to put up a minimum number of shots per game.
Unfortunately, that minimum is rather high. Iverson is a scorer. He definitely knows how to pass—he has a 6.3 assists per game average for his career—but Detroit won't be able to use him for his best ability.
Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince are good scorers, and Rasheed Wallace loves to shoot the ball, so Iverson may not get as many shots as he did with only Anthony as his main offensive competition.
Without Billups, Rodney Stuckey should be the floor general. The second year point guard from Eastern Washington was impressive in his rookie campaign, but he is no Chauncey Billups.
Curry may have some trouble creating a starting lineup.
It makes sense to keep Iverson at his natural position of shooting guard, but that would take away a starting job from either Hamilton or Prince.
If Iverson plays point guard, the Pistons will have a scoring machine constantly controlling the ball. 'The Answer' was decent when he played point guard for Denver, but he is definitely more comfortable at his natural position.
Denver is left with no complexities after the trade, but the Pistons have some problems they will need to deal with.
It doesn't make sense for Detroit to give away players who were vital to the team's Eastern Conference success in previous seasons.
Denver walks away with the better deal.