Last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline was the craziest one I’ve ever witnessed.
It’s not even about how many trades there were.
It’s about how fast the trades happened and how close to the deadline they happened.
I remember in 2014 when my Twitter timeline blew up after it was reported right after the deadline that then-Philadelphia 76er Evan Turner had been traded to the Indiana Pacers for Danny Granger.
In 2015, that trade wouldn’t have even been a talking point.
Goran Dragic getting traded to the Miami Heat, Brandon Knight being shipped off to the Suns, Reggie Jackson going to the Pistons and Michael Carter-Williams getting traded to the Bucks are all bigger surprises than Turner to the Pacers was last year.
Dragic was the best player dealt at the deadline. The Heat received, who at his best, a top-10 point guard who almost immediately made Miami a contender in the Eastern Conference.
We’ve learned since the deadline that the Heat’s best player, All-Star Chris Bosh, is going to miss the season with a blood clot in his lung, which will almost certainly negate Miami chances at any sort of playoff run. However, I still liked the Dragic deal the best out of all the trades that transpired on Thursday, and I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see the Heat return to championship form next season.
The Milwaukee Bucks trading Knight was definitely the biggest shock of the trade deadline. There had been rumors of Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and even Carter-Williams, but Knight was a borderline All-Star.
Of all the moves, this is the move I like least. I’m not a huge Knight fan, but I am off the Carter-Williams bandwagon.
Bucks head coach Jason Kidd believes he can turn Carter-Williams into an elite defender and improve his shot enough to make the youngster a top-level point guard.
I’m not so sure.
Carter-Williams hasn’t played in any sort of offense, doesn’t know how to win, is a turnover machine and is one of the worst shooters in the league.
If Kidd can turn Carter-Williams into a legitimate starting point guard, he might be the best coach in the league.
Sure, Carter-Williams was Rookie of the Year. But, he’s strictly a stat-stuffer and nothing more.
I think we’ll see that on the Bucks.
Bottom line, the 2015 NBA trade deadline was one of the craziest of all time.
In my opinion, the Heat came out big winners.
The Bucks, not so much.