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Winners and Losers after the NBA trade deadline

Winners

Houston Rockets

They are on pace to hit over 1,100 3 pointers, and that was prior to acquiring the 6th man front-runner Lou Williams. In a trade with the Lakers, Sweet Lou is having a great year with minimal minute consumption at only 24.2 and is currently shooting 39% from 3PT, 88% FT and 18.6 PPG all career bests. The Rockets to me just became the 3rd best team in the League with an arsenal of shooters with MVP candidate, Harden.

New Orleans Pelicans

The surprise blockbuster of the NBA was acquiring DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi for practically nothing from the Kings. Now the Pelicans have the best front court in the NBA with the Brow 27.7 PPG / 12 RPG / 2.2 AST / 2.5 BLK + Boogie 27.8 PPG / 10.6 RPG / 4.8 AST / 1.3 BLK = Deadly AF! They are one good PG away from really being something incredible. Word has it that Boogie has stated he won't sign an extension with any team he is traded to, but by the looks of it he looks happy in Nawlens.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Walking Triple Double just got help! OKC traded for Taj Gibson (11.6 PPG / 7 REB) and Doug McDermott (10.2 PPG) greatly increasing their win probability and adding more bullets to the Westbrook gun. Maybe the addition will attract Durant back, if not they sure look good for upcoming Free Agents.

Toronto Raptors

Just got better on defense and faster on transition by picking up Ibaka from Orlando for Terrence Ross. Ibaka is going to be a better offensive player (15.1 PPG) than Ross with a huge presense in the paint with his 1.6 Blocks. Granted they are not the top contender in the east, but they sure got better and fun to watch.

Losers

Sacramento Kings

They gave up the best center in the league for an under performing 6th Pick (Buddy Hields), re-acquired an injury prone Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a top 3 protected pick. The worst part of this trade is the lying and secretive handling by the Kings Front, reasuring Boogie's agent they were "not trading him and intending on signing long term" On Feb. 6th Vlade went on ESPN and stated "We're not trading DeMarcus. We hope he's here for a long time".

Hatred for and relief of ridding Boogie from the organization from the play by play announcer Grant Napear "There has been a dark cloud over this franchise for years! That cloud is now gone" "The Kings just became a team again!" and so on.

Los Angeles Lakers

All I have to say, Best scorer off the bench IN THE LEAGUE, 4th quarter closer, 24 minutes per game, vet-leader having career highs, so best the Lakers can get, on Magic's first day and trade mind you, is Brewer and a 1st round pick (which will end up being a late draft pick)..... Paul George, Boogie and Jimmy Butler were all out there. Could've packaged him up with a Pick, Nick and a lower tier young player or packaged him with Deng and rid that ugly ass contract.

Boston Celtics

They are the 2nd best team in the East thanks to their young brilliant coach, young nucleus and surprise star Isaiah Thomas. I know they are 1 key player from really over taking the Cavs. With 4 potential draft picks in 2017 something could've been made to get better with proven talent as oppose to drafting and developing, maybe they can shock the world come playoffs.

Denver Nuggets

Any team with Roy Hibbert as their trade target and destination just did bad. The once promising Center was traded to the 3rd team (Hornets-Bucks-Nuggets) this year for a future 2nd round pick. He won't be available to play for at least a week and has been having the worst scoring performance, rebounding and blocking. Fortunate for Denver they have youth...?



Honorable Mention:

As of right now, The Mavs acquiring Nerlens Noel was great because he has been under performing, and will have the opportunity now to show what he can do. Him and Harrison Barnes is going to look good in the long run. So I'll go Winner.


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5 Teams with the BEST #YouthMovement

     The present belongs to the Warriors, Spurs and whichever team LeBron is in, but in the next 3-5 years some of these teams that are wiffing in F.A. and are building through the draft can be the next contender, possibly even the next Championship Dynasty team. Keep in mind, not everyone comes in to a Magic Johnson situation where they are a championship contender with super stars. Some of these guys are re-building from a disaster of an organization because even the top drafts need time to develop and learn how to win in the pro level. Best example; Durant, drafted 2007, didnt have a winning record until 2009 and he had Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka and a great bench, first finals was in 2012. This list has 5 teams who have drafted high these past few years, traded for top picks and/or have more than 2 players with a high potential in becoming super stars at 26 or younger. Honorable mentions for individuals that need to be built around Devin Booker and Kristaps Porzingis.




Utah Jazz 34-22 5th

Looks like missing the playoffs last year by half a game and having Kobe drop 60 on the final game of the year pushed the Jazz to develop and make sure they don't miss again. They are and have been a playoff team all year long with signs of improvement. I do not believe they can win a championship

Dante Exum (21) Guard: 2014 1st Round (5th). 6 PTS / 1.8 REB / 1.7 AST

Derrick Favors (25) Forward: 2010 1st Round (3rd) by Nets. 9.4 PTS / 6.1 REB / 1.1 AST

Rodney Hood (24) Forward: 2014 1st Round (23rd). 13.7 PTS / 3.6 REB / 1.9 AST

Rudy Gobert (24) Center: 2013 1st Round (27th) by Nuggets. 12.9 PTS / 12.7 REB / 1 AST

Gordon Hayward (26) Guard: 2010 1st Round (9th). 22.2 PTS / 5.6 REB / 3.4 AST


Milwaukee Bucks 24-30 9th

Unfortunately Jabari can't catch a break and stay healthy. They are just outside the Playoff picture being lead by The Greek Freak, who is starting to turn heads and is getting highly regarded as one of the best up and coming Small Forward in the league and he isn't alone. I don't believe they are set for a championship

Thon Maker (19) Forward: 2016 1st Roubd (10th) 3.5 PTS / 1.6 REB / 0.1 AST

Malcolm Brogdon (24) Guard: 2016 2nd Round (6th) 9.4 PTS / 2.7 REB / 4.2 AST

Greg Monroe (26) Forward: 2010 1st Round (7th) by Pistons 11.3 PTS / 6.8 REB / 2.1 AST

Jabari Parker (21) Forward: 2014 1st Round (2nd) 20.1 PTS / 6.2 REB / 2.8 AST

Giannis Antetokounmpo (22) Forward: 2013 1st Round (15th) 23.2 PTS / 8.6 REB / 5.5 AST


Minnesota Timberwolves 21-34 13th

Besides the fact that their high flying star guard is out with a torn ACL and could potentially affect his athleticism in the future, they still have a top 5 Center and Small Forward both under 22 with more growing room and no signs of slowing down. I believe they can win a championship within 7 years if they all remain together.

Shabazz Muhammad (24) Guard: 2013 1st Round (14th) by Jazz 9.3 PTS / 2.9 REB / 0.4 AST

Zach LaVine (21) Guard: 2014 1st Round (13th) 18.9 PTS / 3.4 REB / 3 AST

Andrew Wiggins (21) Guard/Forward: 2014 1st Round (1st) by Cavs 22.6 PTS / 4.2 REB / 2.5 AST

Karl-Anthony Towns (21) Center: 2015 1st Round (1st) 23.7 PTS / 11.8 / 2.9 AST


Philadelphia 76ers 21-34 13th

The highly anticipated debut of Ben is approaching, possibly after the All Star break. This team has been a lottery team and joke for years after Iverson was gone. Those picks are going to start making their way up. A roster with Simmons running the point, Embiid as a versitile Center and Noel as defensive presence, only thing that awaits is if they keep Okafor or trade him and for what they receive in return. I believe they have the pieces to win a championship within 6 years if they all remain together.

Ben Simmons (20) Guard/Forward: 2016 1st Round (1st) Undefined

Robert Covington (26) Forward: 2013 Undrafted 11.6 PTS / 6.1 REB / 1.6 AST

Nerlens Noel (22) Forward/Center: 2013 1st Round (6th) Pelicans 8.6 PTS / 4.9 REB / 1 AST

*Jahlil Okafor (21) Center: 1st Round (3rd) 11.6 PTS / 4.8 REB / 1 AST

Joel Embiid (22) Forward/Center: 2014 1st Round (3rd) 20.2 PTS / 7.8 REB / 2.1 AST


Los Angeles Lakers 19-37 14th

The Kobe Bryant era is over and the future is in the hands of not 3 or 4 ,but 8 potential stars. Since Kobe tore his achilles the organization has taken multiple hits in the chin and has become a disastrous lottery team. Prior to 2014, the last Lakers 10 or under draft pick was in 2005 (Bynum 10th), since then they were always contending and winning. Now the rebuilding mode is on with no restrictions and I believe it will start paying out in at least 2 years. I believe they can win a championship in 5 years if they all remain together.

Thomas Robinson (25) Forward/Center: 2012 1st Round (5th) by Kings 3.9 PTS / 4.4 REB / 0.7 AST

Ivica Zubac (19) Center: 2016 2nd Round (2nd) 6 PTS / 3.9 REB/ 0.6 AST

Tarik Black (25) Forward: 2014 Undrafted 6.1 PTS / 5.6 / 0.7 AST

Larry Nance Jr. (24) Forward: 2015 1st Round (27th) 7 PTS / 5.6 REB / 1.4 AST

Brandon Ingram (19) Small Forward: 2016 1st Round (2nd) 8.1 PTS / 4.1 REB / 1.9 AST

Julius Randle (22) Forward: 2014 1st Round (7th) 13 PTS / 8 REB / 3.6 AST

Jordan Clarkson (24) Guard: 2014 2nd Round (16th) 13.7 PTS / 2.8 REB / 2.1 AST

D'Angelo Russell (20) Guard: 2015 1st Round (2nd) 14.2 PTS / 3.8 REB / 4.8 AST


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Top 5 Underrated Players in the NBA

       In a Basketball world focused on LeBron competing to repeat against a stacked up Warriors team, others stick out as contenders and MVP candidates. Russell Westbrook with 24 Triple Doubles has OKC sitting in 6th after Durant dipped out on them. James Harden has the Rockets sitting 3rd with D'Antoni as head coach while getting his 14th Triple Double and 2 being with 5o point. Spurs as always, still looking strong as a whole with Kawhi and LaMarcus leading the pack. Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry all killing it and putting their respective teams on their back

. Damian Lillard is finally getting recognition, but unlike Harden and Westbrook with the triple double accolades and strong contention. But at times the league overlooks players that don't stick out as much because either the team as a whole is under performing, the team already has an Elite or Superstar taking up the lime light. These players sometimes mean more to the organization and perform beyond expectation while remaining under the radar. LeBron if you're reading this, hit up 1 and 3 for help.....


1. Eric Bledsoe PG (Phoenix)

Because he's had a history of severe injuries and knee surgery, while being on the worst team in the West with little to no chemistry and the attention being on the Suns rising star Devon Booker hasn't affected Bledsoe's game. He is playing at a very high level with no signs of slowing down. Currently averaging 21.4 PPG / 5 REB / 6.3 AST and 1.45 steal on the season, he can be an instant game changer for a team in contention missing a piece and looking for a scorer with stamina. Last 10 games he's averaging 26.2 PPG / 5.1 REB / 8.1 AST on 36.3 minutes.


2. C.J. McCollum SG (Portland)

Most if not all of the attention is pointed at the newest All Star Lillard, yet C.J. is averaging 23.5 PPG / 3.6 REB / 3.6 AST on the season. good enough for 14th in the league in scoring. In the last 10 games alone hes averaging 22.9 PPG and 16 steals. Lit up GS for 28 points and put in work from all over the floor in the loss. Huge playmaker and shot creator.


3. Harrison Barnes F (Dallas)

Let's face it, their have been few bright sides to the Mavs season and it's a miracle they are not in last place given how many have been in and out with injuries this season. After having to leave a championship team, he made a new home and has thrived in Dallas. From bench player to starter, Harrison has really showed the league he is one to change the dynamics of a team as he can spread the floor and be in the post. Averaging 20.4 PPG / 5.2 REB.


4. Bradley Beal SG (Washington)

John Wall has been going off this season, but a big part to the Team's success is also coming from a huge contribution from Beal and his 21.8 PPG / 2.9 REB / 3.6 AST. They can arguably be the leagues best back court. Beal is both young and athletic, with signs of improvemnet ranked 23rd in the league in scoring.


5. Rudy Gobert C (Utah)

A huge reason for the Jazz success is coming from the league leading shot blocking entity in the paint with 2.55 per night Center who is also averaging a Double Double on the season with 12.8 PPG & 12.5 REB. It also helps that he has the league's 2nd best FG%.


Honorable Mentions

Lou Williams G Lakers

18.2 PPG on 24.4 minutes per game off the bench

Jabari Parker F Bucks

20 PPG / 6 REB / 3 AST

Marcin Gortat C Wizards

11.4 PPG / 11.4 REB / 1.6 AST



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