After studying all the trades that have happened this NBA Season, I've concluded that the below 8 trades could lead to great things for the teams that acquired the players. Check out my analysis!
DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento to New Orleans
The Pelicans are 0 and 3 since acquiring Boogie from the Sacramento Kings. I'm not that worried about it. Sure, I'm probably wrong that New Orleans makes the playoffs this season, but having Cousins and Anthony Davis in the middle is huge. Both guys can dominate while it's only been three games. It's going to take a few games for Boogie and AD to to learn how to play together.
The big thing that I've noticed is that Jrue Holiday hasn't gotten comfortable just yet. He had 4 turnovers to go along with 6 assists against Dallas. Versus Houston, a game that saw the Pelicans lose 99 to 129, Holiday only scored 6 points. He also had 7 turnovers in that one. Until Holiday gets used to playing with AD and Boogie, the Pelicans aren't going anywhere. I think it's only a matter of time.
Lou Williams from L.A. Lakers to Houston
The Lakers traded away their top scorer pretty much as soon as Magic Johnson took over as President of Basketball Operations. The Lakers are on a 3-game losing streak as of Feb. 25. Houston? Williams scored 27 points in the beat down of New Orleans in his first game as a Rocket. In his second game as a Rocket, Williams scored 17. Houston is 2 and 0 since trading for Williams.
It's hard to predict the future. But, since Williams can pretty much score at will, pressure should be off James Harden from carrying the load. I love Houston making a deal for Lou. He works perfectly in their system.
Ersan Ilyasova from Philadelphia to Atlanta
Like the Lakers, Atlanta has lost 3-games in a row. Atlanta's issues have nothing to do with Ilyasova, a hard trying forward that's good for a double-double on some nights. Ilyasova isn't going to solve Atlanta's inability to stop guards from burying them with threes. Atlanta is one of the worst teams in the NBA versus opposing guards.
I think trading for Ilyasova is a good move in the sense that he can play the 3, 4 or 5. What it means is that Atlanta could rest center Dwight Howard for long stretches of the game. He could also spell Paul Millsap, Atlanta's top scorer. Atlanta's team defense has to get better. If it does, especially if it somehow can keep guards from scoring at will, the Hawks could be tough in the playoffs.
Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia to Dallas
This is one of my favorite trades of the season. Noel is a great defensive player. In less than 30 minutes versus the Pelicans, Noel grabbed 10 boards and scored 9 points. That's exactly the type of game that the Mavericks want from Nerlens. Dallas just needed someone to take pressure off of Dirk. By holding Dirk's minutes down, Dallas could make a push for the 8th seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. This was a great move by the Mavs.
P.J. Tucker from Phoenix to Toronto
Toronto made 2 great trades before the deadline passed. Below, I write about the first trade that they made. The second trade, the one that got P.J. Tucker to the Raptors, is smart because Tucker doesn't have to start to be effective. Like Noel, Tucker is a tough, hard-trying, player that doesn't mind hitting the glass. In his fist game with Toronto, Tucker stole the ball 3 times. He scored 9 points, grabbed 10 boards, and dished an assist. P.J. fits in well with the Raptors.
Serge Ibaka from Orlando to Toronto
Ibaka's first game with Toronto turned out to be a great. He scored 15 points, grabbed 7 boards, blocked a shot, and had a steal. Ibaka's going to have to really step it up now that Raptors' point-guard Kyle Lowry is out for an extended period with a wrist injury. Because of his experience, I have no doubt that Ibaka will get it done.
Mason Plumlee from Portland to Denver
Jusuf Nurkic from Denver to Portland
Portland traded Plumlee to Denver for Jusuf Nurkic. Nurkic can develop into a starting center in the NBA. Since the Nuggets already have Nikola Jokic starting at center, they didn't need Nurkic. For the Nuggets, Plumlee is a great second string center who can spell Jokic when the big man gets into foul trouble or if Denver just wants to give him a rest.
For Portland, getting a real starting center is huge. Plumlee was never that guy. But, Nurkic can be that guy. Nurkic was great in his first game with the Trailblazers. He played close to 35 minutes. He scored 12 points, grabbed 12 boards, and dished 5 assists. Now that the Blazers have a scoring option in the paint, the team should excel. There aren't many squads in the NBA with a back court as talented as Damian Lilliard and C.J. McCollum.
Kyle Korver from Atlanta to Cleveland
In 21 games so far with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Korver is shooting over 52% from three-point range. That's ridiculous. Both J.R. Smith and Kevin Love should return by late March. LeBron is as good as ever while Tristan Thompson is averaging 9.8 rebounds per game. Korver might have been the missing piece the Cavs needed to bring home another NBA Championship trophy.