NBA Stock Report
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In this, trade deadline edition, I rate the Orlando Magic, but trying to follow Dwight Howard’s movements is turning into a quantum mechanics experiment. I also look at two trade partners, the Bucks and the Warriors, as well as the champion Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers.
This week’s NBA Stock Report, in which I rate each team as a ‘buy’ ‘sell’ or ‘hold’ is based on play through Tuesday night.
Record: 24-10 (3-7 in last 10)
The champs are slip-sliding again. But why?
The Mavericks have struggled offensively. They don’t get to the line very much, and Jason Kidd has struggled; his shooting and even his passing aren’t as they were when he sported a bleached baby ‘fro.
The Dallas defense is still stiff, and it will need to be if this team is going to stay afloat in the competitive West.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
Record: 18-21 (6-4 in last 10)
This team just made a big move, dealing Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.
The Warriors are getting a guy who really can’t seem to stay on the court, and Captain Jack, who is bound to stir up memories of their “We Believe” playoff run. They lose Monta Ellis, who has been the face of the franchise since those days, but really, it’s just trading an inefficient gunner for the older model.
In trading for the the ailing Bogut and the aging Jackson, the Warriors are pretty much quitting on this season and banking on Stephen Curry, who has ankle issues of its own. It’s a gamble.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Record: 20-22 (3-7 in last 10)
It seems like the weight of Greg Oden’s knees, Brandon Roy’s knees, Marcus Camby’s age and Raymond Felton’s… weight have finally started to drag down LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers.
Aldridge has been brilliant despite mediocre results in the standings. Felton has been a huge (Get it? He’s overweight!) disappointment, and his one good season under Larry Brown is looking more and more like a fluke.
It’s a tight race in the west, but Portland is falling behind.
Record: 28-15 (7-3 in last 10)
Just leave already, damn! It has to be infuriating for a team in the playoff race in the East that this lame duck squad is still winning games.
It seems if Orlando fans can’t be happy, no one can! Give credit to Dwight Howard for playing through the maelstrom he created with his own big mouth.
It’s anyone’s guess what will happen by Friday, but my guess is that he sticks it out and the ducks keep quacking.
Record: 22-17 (2-8 in last 10)
The Bucks got Monta Ellis, Ekpeh Udoh and Kwame Brown in their deal with Golden State. The trade is the latest in a string of moves by the Bucks to add some scoring to a team that under Scott Skiles has been known for its defense.
First it was John Salmons, then Stephen Jackson, and now it’s Ellis. Yes, these guys score points, but they don’t do it all that efficiently.
The other thing is, Milwaukee’s offense has been average this season, and its defense has been bad. Ellis won’t help with that.
Here’s how I did last week:
Grizzlies – Last week’s rating: Buy (22-15), 2-2 since
Lakers – Last week’s rating: Hold (23-15), 3-1 since
Timberwolves – Last week’s rating: Buy (20-19), 2-2 since
Wizards – Last week’s rating: Sell (8-29), 1-3 since
76ers – Last week’s rating: Buy (22-17), 3-0 since