Analyzing The Post Trade Numbers
When the 3 PM NBA trade deadline passed on March 15th, many Wizards fans believed the team laid idle and did not make any moves. But the Wizards had been working on the details of a 3 team deal, and as it turned out had it completed in time. The news of the deal didn’t hit the media or even twitter for that matter until roughly 30 minutes after the deadline, and many fans felt relief that at least something was done. Here is the breakdown of the deal:
- JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets
- Nick Young to the L.A. Clippers
- Nene from Denver
- Brian Cook from LA, as well as a future 2nd round draft pick
In my opinion, the Wizards killed two birds with one stone. They were able to get rid of two inconsistent players, one who was likely to walk in the off season, and one who was likely to command a very large salary (See -Overpaid). In return they get back a very skilled, defensive minded big man in Nene who is under contract until the 2015/2016 season. Injury concerns aside, when Nene is healthy he immediately makes this a different team.
I wanted to take a look at the numbers for everyone involved in the trade to see if there is a real winner or loser. Let’s start with the Ex-Wizards first:
JaVale McGee played his first game with Denver on 3/21. He has since appeared in 12 games, including a stretch as the starter for 5 games (ultimately moved back to the bench). He is averaging 21.1 minutes per game in Denver. His production for the Nuggets has dropped compared to his yearly averages, as he is only averaging 9.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in the new uniform. He is still shooting a high percentage, at 55.1% on 89 attempts.
Nick Young played his first game as a Clipper on 3/18. Similar to McGee, Young had a “tryout” in the starting lineup and started 3 games in a row, but was relegated back to a bench role after inconsistent play. He has appeared in 15 games for L.A. and is playing 24.9 minutes per game. Young’s production has also dipped, as he is averaging 10.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and .6 assists. As a Clipper, he is shooting 36.3% on 146 attempts.
Ronny Turiaf secured a buyout with Denver, and did not play a game. He then signed with Miami in search of that coveted ring. His first game in Miami was 3/23, and he has averaged 15.6 minutes in 11 games since signing. He is shooting 53.6% from the floor on 28 attempts, and carries averages of 3.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks with the Heat.
As it turns out, and luckily for the Wizards, the best part of this deal wasn’t even a player involved in the trade. Due to injuries to Trevor Booker, and the newly acquired Nene, Kevin Seraphin has been given a chance to show what he is all about. And he has not disappointed since the trade went down. He has played like a completely different player, showing flashes of offensive touch around the basket and signs that he will be a solid interior defender. Here is the breakdown of Seraphin since the trade:
Kevin Seraphin has played 17 games since the trade occurred, averaging 29.1 minutes on the court per contest. He has started 12 of these games, including the last 7. Last game he had career highs in points with 24, and also rebounds with 13, to go along with 4 blocks. Since the trade, he has averaged 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks while shooting 56.4% from the floor on 179 attempts. The big thing here for Wizards fans is that he is showing growth in his game night in and night out, which is a promising sign for the direction that Washington wants to go in.
Nene has only played 6 games for his new team due to a combination of a knee injury and back issue. However, his presence was felt immediately on both ends of the floor. It seemed like Washington’s defense did a complete 180 when Nene was patrolling the middle. He also has a very polished inside game, something that will help John Wall slow things down in the future. In DC, he has averaged 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, .8 blocks, and 1 steal per game, clocking in for an average of 30 minutes. He is shooting 54.5% on 66 attempts.
Brian Cook has only played 12.1 minutes per game in 10 games since being acquired. We have learned that he likes to shoot darts at the basket. He is averaging 4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and .7 assists in his limited time.
It is hard to judge a trade like this because there is a lot of adjustment that needs to be made both by the players and the teams involved. Based on the early returns, and when Nene was healthy and playing, it appears Washington made the right move. If I had to a pick a winner of this deadline deal, it is the Wizards.