The following slides contain important information about three current NBA forwards that could potentially be on the trading block in 2011-12. These three players for the most part have proven that they belong in the league and can contribute in a positive manner.
These players can be starters for a number of teams, as they have both started and played off the bench throughout their careers.
Let’s meet the players!
Coming out of Rider University and being selected in the first round by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 NBA Draft,Thompson has seen himself fall out of the regular rotation recently. During his rookie year, Thompson averaged 11.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 82 appearances (including 56 starts). In 2009-10, Thompson averaged a career-high 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in 75 appearances (including 58 starts).
Due to the inflow of new players and coaching changes in Sacramento, Thompson saw his scoring average fall to 8.8 points per game in 2010-11, and as a result, could be a target of those teams that want to add depth in the frontcourt. With the Kings acquiring J.J. Hickson, there may not be enough minutes to go around for DeMarcus Cousins, Hickson and Thompson which means that one of them is likely to be moved.
After an amazing career at the Syracuse University and winning a NCAA Championship in 2003, Warrick has improved his NBA game since his second year in the league. Warrick has spent time with the Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls, before agreeing to a sign-and-trade multi-year contract with the Phoenix Suns in 2010.
During the 2010-11 NBA season, Warrick averaged 8.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 80 appearances (including six starts). Even though Warrick signed a multi-year contract with the Suns, he has seen his minutes and spot in the rotation fluctuate. With the addition of Marcin Gortat along with already having Robin Lopez and Channing Frye on the roster, Warrick may be seeing his minutes being regulated more as the season progresses.
Bass struggled early in his career after entering the 2005 NBA Draft out of LSU. Bass was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets, but was a non-factor in the two years he spent there.
Bass signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2007 and saw an opportunity to become a contributor seeing his scoring average rise from 8.3 points per game in 2007-08 to 8.5 points per game the next season. This improvement led Bass to sign a multi-year contract agreement with the Orlando Magic during the summer of 2009, where he averaged a career-high 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 2010-11.
With the Orlando Magic in a potential quandary regarding what to do about the Dwight Howard situation, could Bass be moved either along with Howard, or in another deal to bring in a player to put alongside Howard?
It remains to be seen what the Orlando Magic do about this complicated situation.