Whats up with all the Finals Trades?

Written by Ian Ellis (iellis2018@yahoo.com)

Let’s take a break from the NBA draft and look at what’s happening in the rest of the association. First off, there was the NBA Finals. Lebron James put on one of the greatest (if not the greatest) Finals performances of all time only to watch as Steph Curry took his Warriors to getting a ring. During this, small ball ran wild, JR & Shump built houses and not didn’t live up to expectations (we’re all soooo surprised), Andre Iguodala won the Finals MVP and lots of other fun stuff. But enough of that, you’ve probably already heard a ton of this stuff, let’s look at the trades. Oddly enough two trades went through during the finals. This is interesting because this is probably the first time this has happened and these trades didn’t even involve draft picks as the draft approaches. Alright let’s look at these trades, the first between the Bucks & Pistons, the second between the Clippers & Hornets.

The Trades

Trade 1:  Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks

DET Got: MIL Got:
PF Ersan Ilyasova SF Caron Butler
SF/PF Shawne Williams

This trade is pretty straightforward. Detroit did this to get a stretch four to put next to Andre Drummond, similar to what Van Gundy did in Orlando by putting Ryan Anderson next to Dwight Howard. Milwaukee did this trade as a salary dump to get rid of the remaining 16.3 million dollars over the next two years that they owed Ilyasova.

 

Trade 2:  Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte Hornets Continue reading

The Best Moment from Last Night: Shawne Williams big dunk over Dwight Howard

Jameer Nelson Buries the Knicks, D.Howard Finishes Off Billups

The Knicks played well tonight and it looked like smooth sailing for a while. Midway through the 3rd quarter the Knicks were up by 10 and it looked like another great victory was coming. Of course, there are 4 quarters and the Magic stepped it up late. There is a lot to like about tonight but moral victories don’t count in the standings.

  • Jameer seemed unstoppable in the second half. Someone might want to guard him when he goes for a layup.
  • Howard is big and Knicks are not. They had no answer for him. Though, Howard had quite a dirty answer for Billups, knocking him out of the game by sticking his knee out on a screen.
  • 97 free throws tonight. That is a lot. Billups was a crazy 18-20 from the line.
  • Billups and Amare had 30 while Carmelo had 25 which is great but only 12 rebounds between the 3 of them and Billups had half of those.
  • Landry Fields seems always to dominate the +/- battle with a +9 tonight while Shawne Williams had a -17. Shawne actually looked good tonight but the bench was weak.  This team is not going to win consistently until they can get more help off the bench consistently.
  • Billups has got this team looking smooth on offense. He should be nicknamed Mr. Chemistry. I don’t know why I was resistant to swapping Felton for Billups.

Episode 32: It was the Glasses

Jay and Marc recap the last two games vs. the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat and talk about what to expect in the Detroit Pistons game.  We try to figure out who is going to play if Chandler, Stoudemire and Williams are all out, what happens in practice, if Mozgov is ready to get some minutes again, and if Roger Mason is going to hit a shot to double his shooting percentage.  We go over some ridiculous Miami Heat articles and top it all off with an interview with Stan from KnicksKnotes.com  Download Episode 32

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Knicks Roster Mid-Season Grades

Jay’s Grades

Kelenna Azubuike – Inc
Wilson Chandler   – A-
Eddy Curry    – F
Toney Douglas – C+
Raymond Felton   – A+
Landry Fields – A+
Danilo Gallinari – B-
Roger Mason – F
Timofey Mozgov   – D+
Anthony Randolph – D-   
Andy Rautins – Inc
Amare Stoudemire – A
Ronny Turiaf – B-
Bill Walker   – C+
Shawne Williams – B

Marc’s Grades

Kelenna Azubuike – Inc
Wilson Chandler   – B+
Eddy Curry    – F
Toney Douglas – B-
Raymond Felton   – A
Landry Fields – A
Danilo Gallinari – B
Roger Mason – F
Timofey Mozgov   – D
Anthony Randolph – D+   
Andy Rautins – Inc
Amare Stoudemire – A
Ronny Turiaf – B
Bill Walker   – C+
Shawne Williams – B