All-NBA Trade Deadline Second Team
Thursday's trade deadline was awfully busy, with plenty of big names on the move. Goran Dragic is headed the Heat, Kevin Garnett is going back to the Timberwolves, Reggie Jackson is going to the Pistons and Enes Kanter is going to the Thunder, just to name a few.
But what about the lesser-known players? Don't they deserve to be recognized? With that in mind, here is the All-NBA Trade Deadline Second Team.
G - Cenk Akyol
The Nuggets acquired Akyol when they dumped JaVale McGee's contract on the Sixers. He's a 27-year-old Turkish shooting guard who was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft. The Denver Post has already given him a nickname: "50 Cenk." He now has three more NBA trades than he has games played in the league. The Hawks traded him to the Clippers for Antawn Jamison at the 2014 deadline. The Clippers traded him five weeks ago to the Sixers with Jared Cunningham for a 32-year-old Ukranian center named Sergei Lishouk.
G - Zoran Dragic
No, that's not a typo. Zoran is the younger brother of Goran Dragic and was included in the deal that sent Goran to the Heat. Zoran came over from Europe this season and appeared in six of the Suns' 54 games before he was traded. Goran and Zoran still can't compare to the duo of baseball brothers Rougned and Rougned Odor, though.
F - Cash
F - Chukwudiebere Maduabum
In addition to McGee and a heavily-protected first round pick, the Nuggets sent Chukwudiebere Maduabum to Philadelphia in their trade with the Sixers. Maduabum, also known as Chu Chu, is a 23-year-old Nigerian currently playing in Estonia. It's his second stint with Estonian club Talinna Kalev. He's also played in Mongolia, Qatar and the D-Leauge. When he was taken in the second round of the 2011 draft, then-deputy commissioner Adam Silver had no idea how to pronounce his name.
C - 76ers second-round pick (via Rockets)
The Rockets traded three second-round picks on Thursday. One went to the Sixers and two went to the Knicks. Because the Knicks are a hopeless, bumbling franchise, those picks will never amount to anything; they're destined to be the next Mike Sweetney. That Sixers pick, though? There's promise there. It could end up being the next Nerlens Noel.
- Dan Gartland