NBA Trade Deadline Analysis

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The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, along with the need to speculate the meaning of cryptic player tweets – looking at you Isaiah Thomas. Each of the league’s 32 teams now has a finalized roster. Some squads have even upgraded, hoping to win the NBA championship, while others aren’t thinking about a postseason challenge just yet; it’s clear the next date penciled into their calendar is the NBA draft lottery.

How did the week unfold? What were the blockbuster trades? Did any team get fleeced? And most importantly, how did your favorite team do? We examined the final days leading up to the trade deadline to look at some of the moves that may define the 2016-17 NBA season.

Day Trading

Here’s how the final days leading up to the trade deadline played out across the NBA.

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Monday

New Orleans Pelicans acquire center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings for shooting guard Tyreke Evans, point guard Langston Galloway, shooting guard Buddy Hield, a 2017 top-three protected first-round pick, and a 2017 second-round pick.

Talk about a blockbuster trade! New Orleans knew they needed a playmaker to play with their star, Anthony Davis, so they went and got one in Boogie Cousins. As the official Pelicans Twitter account claimed, this is the pairing of fire and ice. It definitely elevates the talent level of the Pelicans, even if they had to give up promising rookie Buddy Hield. Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated both awarded New Orleans an “A+” for executing this trade. As for the Kings, Bleacher Report awarded this trade an “F.” Ouch!

Outside @smoothiekingcenter! #pelicans

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Tuesday

Los Angeles Lakers acquire shooting guard Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick from the Houston Rockets for point guard Lou Williams.

Houston has clearly scrapped the idea of playing defense by adding another strong shooter to their roster. Coach D’Antoni may be adopting the philosophy that the best defense is a ridiculously potent offense by adding Williams. On his first night, Williams scored 27 points, had two assists and rebounds, and made seven 3-pointers. Talk about an immediate impact. The Rockets received “B” and “B+” grades for this trade, while the Lakers received a “B-.” Sports writers have questioned if they could have received more from Williams, who was only scheduled to be paid a $7 million salary next season.

Wednesday

Washington Wizards acquired small forward Bojan Bogdanovic and power forward Chris McCullough from the Brooklyn Nets for power forward Andrew Nicholson, shooting guard Marcus Thornton, and a 2017 lottery-protected first-round pick.

The Washington Wizards needed to get out of Andrew Nicholson’s contact – he was due $20 million a year for the next three seasons – and they paid a heavy price for it: their lottery-protected first-round draft pick. Given the Nets first-round pick belonged to the Boston Celtics, most felt this was a wise move to get the Empire State team back into the draft mix. They were given a grade of “A-,” whereas the Wizards received “B-” grades for their move. Most felt the Wizards didn’t significantly upgrade to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Eastern Conference’s presumptive favorite.

Thursday

Chicago Bulls acquired center Joffrey Lauvergne, shooting guard Anthony Morrow, and point guard Cameron Payne from the Oklahoma City Thunder for center Taj Gibson, power forward Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round pick.

McDermott adds firepower to the Thunder’s lineup. OKC ranked last in the league in a wide-open 3-point percentage, just over 32 percent, whereas the former Bull has been nailing over 40 percent of his uncontested shots from a distance. The Thunder received “A’s” for giving up handshake expert extraordinaire Cameron Payne to make this happen. Chicago earned criticism for downgrading their offense, even if they’ll be in a more enviable financial position at the end of the season.

Number 25 for your OKC Thunder, Doug McDermott. #McBuckets

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Pass or Fail?

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The Evolution of the Sacramento Kings Jersey

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The Sacramento Kings have only been around since 1985, but their time in the NBA goes way beyond that. The team started out in 1948 as the Rochester Royals with the Basketball Association of America. The Royals were one of 17 teams to participate in the merger of the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball League – creating what we know now to be the National Basketball Association.

Birth of the Sacramento Kings

In 1983, a group in Sacramento purchased the franchise for $10.5 million. When the team relocated, it already had a solid group of players including Eddie Johnson, Reggie Theus, Otis Thorpe, and LaSalle Thompson. The franchise then drafted Joe Kleine in the 1985 NBA Draft.  

Unfortunately, this starting roster didn’t do the trick for the Kings. Even though it did make it to the playoffs its first year, the team still had a losing record of 37-45. Success wasn’t to be had between 1985 and 1999, though. The Kings had 14 straight losing seasons.

Resurgence for the Kings

The 2001-02 season was a magical one for the Kings as they had their best year in the franchise’s history, ending the season with a 61-21 record – a huge improvement from years prior. The Kings kept improving and made playoff appearances until 2006 when they got out in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs.

While the Kings have gone back to their old ways of not being a top competitor in the NBA, they continue to have a great fan base, which supports them through the good times and the bad.

Jersey Evolution

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Though the Kings haven’t always played well, they’ve always looked pretty good. They’ve had many different jerseys in a short amount of time since they first moved to Sacramento in 1985.

 

Sacramento Kings 1985 Home Jersey

1985–1990 (Home): The team’s original jersey is a white jersey with “Kings” spelled out in blue and red script across the chest, with blue and red stripes also going down the sides.
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1985–1990 (Road): The King’s original road jersey is light blue with “Kings” written in the same red and white script.

Sacramento Kings Home Jersey 1994

1994–2002 (Home): The team changes the home jersey’s colors to white, purple, and black. “Kings” is also made bolder.

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2002–2008 (Home): The home jersey is kept white with a minor change in font. “Kings” is still placed across the chest, but now has a crown on top of the “i.”
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2002–2008 (Road): Instead of an all-black jersey for the road, the Kings change their road jersey to purple. They also change “Kings” to “Sacramento.”

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2014–2016 (Home): Today, you’ll see Omri Casspi wearing an all-white jersey with “Kings” written across the chest in purple, which is similar to the jerseys of 1994.

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2014–2016 (Road): Sacramento’s road jerseys are exactly like the home jerseys – just flipped. The team wears an all-purple jersey with “Kings” written in bold font across the chest.

Want Your Own Sacramento Kings Jersey?

If you’re heading out to a Sacramento Kings game anytime soon, you’ll want to head over to Fanatics.com to grab a jersey and root this team to victory! While the Kings have struggled, they’ve always had loyal fans … and loyal fans sport Kings jerseys.

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