Fantasy Lab: Trade winners, losers
The NBA's trade deadline came yesterday not with just a flurry of activity, but with an East Coast-style blizzard of moves. The trade winds that had been floating around for months finally turned into a whirlwind of actual deals, creating new fantasy-relevant players in the process and rendering other useful contributors now useless. Like the North Star in a pitch-black evening, the Lab is here to guide your fantasy compass and point you in the right direction with analysis of the deadline winners and losers.
It's probably too late for you to make a move in competitive leagues for pre-trade deadline moves, meaning players like
Thomas owners have waited for this day all year long; however, the trade out of purgatory that is
Thomas' tag-team partner in VDN's bench purgatory, Salmons was plucked from the depths and should be inserted immediately into
While I feel that Martin and
A fresh start will do wonders for Martin's confidence and it's expected that he'll quickly return to last season's form as a top 30 fantasy player. The Lab wants to call Ariza the loser here, but he's already been branded as such by his own doing; check out his percentages and turnovers on the year and try to argue with me that he's actually hurting and not helping your team. You're not going to win this one. He hurts the most in smarter leagues where they count 3PT% instead of 3PM. (Shooting 3-10 on threes in a game shouldn't be worth more than someone going 2-4 from downtown.)
The Lab hasn't been a fantasy fan of T-Mac's in about a decade, but it is easy to deem him a winner in this trade simply because he'll actually get to play. And when that happens and Mike D'Antoni is your coach, it's cause for celebration. T-Mac should be riding high on cloud nine right now, meaning a honeymoon period will likely follow with McGrady playing his best ball right away as D'Antoni plays with his new toy. However, the luster should wear off shortly as T-Mac is a million times more valuable to the Knicks as "T-Mac, the $23 million expiring contract" versus "T-Mac, the basketball player." The team's lone goal now is to develop both
It turns out that Spanish Chocolate is actually the big winner in the Big Apple, not Me-Mac. The worst kept secret in the league is how terrible
While Landry excelled as a sixth man off of Houston's bench, it's abundantly clear that he's worth of a starting role, something he should land in Sacramento. The Kings were desperate for rebounders and de facto PF
Gibson is only a marginal winner, and it's more about the current circumstances of the Bulls than the direct result of the trade of Tyrus Thomas. With Thomas gone, there is less of a timeshare for minutes in Chicago at the PF spot, however, newly acquired
Adding Miles wouldn't be smart for standard 12-team leagues, but deeper ones should definitely give the young swingman a look. With
Dealing Jamison to Cleveland was the other big move the Wizards made as they blew up their team in the wake of the
It was fun while it lasted. At least the idea of Nate starting was given a try, and though D'Antoni found it to be unsuccessful, Nate did escape his doghouse and was producing enough to warrant a spot in standard leagues. That is no longer the case as the three-time dunk champ (though only one was warranted) is now a strict backup with no possibility of starting in Boston. Robinson's value was highest when he would have spurts of scoring and threes and some steals, forcing D'Antoni to ride the hot hand and see what came from Lil Him, who also happened to help sell a lot of tickets in NYC. Now in Boston, with serious championship aspirations, established stars and a stricter rotation, Robinson will struggle to see 20 mpg. Even if
That's all for this week. Fantasy Ball Above All, my friends.