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Mar 06

OKC trade, perhaps, Overrated?

By Herr
  Maybe a bit of homerism here, or maybe the NBA is just once again underrated Portland because, despite their success in overcoming the obstacles along their path, the NBA thinks they're nothing, at least compared to Oklahoma City.  Who knows.  First off, I tip my hat off to Rich Cho.  I will admit I was very nervous with our new GM, especially with the reports of trade rumors that, in my opinion, would hurt the team.  So I applaud you, Mr.Cho, on your success as the new Blazers GM.  I wouldn't be surprised to hear chants of "In RC we trust".  I'm about to chant that myself.

  However, still many NBA analysis say that OKC made the best trade, and the Bobcats made the worst trade.  But, is it perhaps a bit overrated, or maybe, contradicting to think that OKC made the best trade, and not Portland, but the Bobcats made the worst trade?

  Let's look at what Oklahoma City gains in this trade.  They gain a defensive presence in Kendrick Perkins.  They gain an energetic player in Nate Robinson (who, might I add, gave Celtic fans headaches).  They also gain an supposed offensive center in Nazr Mohammed (7.2 ppg, 5 rpg, 17 mpg).  However, will Nate Robinson, Kendrick Perkins, and Nazr Mohammed make up the lack of offense that Jeff Green provided?

  Jeff Green, on the Thunder, was the third option for scoring.  The first two being Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.  So, who is the new third option?  James Harden?  Serge Ibaka? Thabo Sefolosha?  Nate Robinson?  Nazr Mohammed?

  Those players do not have the offensive capabilities that Jeff Green had.  So Durant (who plays 39.3 minutes a game) and Westbrook (who plays 35.2 minutes a game) will now have more of scoring load.

  We saw in last seasons playoffs that the Thunder had troubles with the Lakers when Durant was unable to produce.  Durant, who leads the league in scoring, shoots 44.6%.  In last seasons playoffs, Durant shot a whooping 35%.  28.6% from 3 point land.  Westbrook shot 47.3%, and was the savior of that series to prevent the Thunder from getting swept.  Yet, he had one of the oldest point guards (Derrik Fisher) guarding him.  Durant had one of the best defensive players, Ron Artest on him.  Green shot 32.9%, and 29.6% downtown.  But yet again, he had to go against the Lakers bigs.

  Meanwhile, the Blazers gave up size for talent.  They hardly sacrificed rebounds, with Gerald Wallace averaging 6.2 rebounds for his career.  They also gained another huge scoring threat, with Gerald Wallace averaging 47.4 FG% for his entire career, and 13.3 points.  These are including his days in Sactown, in which he hardly got minutes.

In his recent playoff series, he averaged 9 rebounds, 47.7% shooting, and 17.5 points.


So, I'll leave it up to you.  Who made the better trade?  I say Portland.

4 Comments

  1. I am still skeptical of the trade for Wallace for just the reason you mentioned - lack of size. I get he's a talented guy (not that you would know it necessarily from his play so far on the Blazers), but with the loss of all of our bigs at one point or another to knees. I'm just not convienced Camby's not going to come tumbling down with another injury...then what? But o.k. I see your point about the Thunder's lack of shooting options, but Miami is only playing three guys against five and they are doing alright for themselves.

    by DustyGeo on 3/6/2011 10:41 PM
  2. I feel the Thunder will come together next season but not this season due to lack of play time together.

    by mbmurr1 on 3/9/2011 9:37 PM
  3. @DustyGeo, Miami has an exception. Wade and LeBron are, in my opinion at least, much better than Durant and Westbrook. However, that being said, Miami also has a horrible record against the elite teams in the league, which Wade and James are putting up 70-15-12 together most nights.

    by Herr on 3/10/2011 4:45 PM
  4. @mbmurr1, you bring up a good point. With Perkins being out, and playing in a totally different system, chemistry could be a huge problem. Perkins is fairly injury prone, and if he gets injured, that's a huge disadvantage for the Thunder, who honestly have been struggling a bit since the trade without the third option. Perkins isn't due back until around March 15th to the 20th. That gives him 31-26 days to learn the Thunder's system, and for the Thunder to learn him. If Perkins gets into foul trouble, the Thunder are still vulnerable and have one less scoring option.

    With the Blazers, they gave up height, and will likely resign Joel Pryzbilla and Jeff Pendergraph next season. With a (hopefully) healthy Oden, that's more than enough size.

    by Herr on 3/10/2011 4:47 PM
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