Yesterday, the Cavs and the Celtics made a blockbuster trade in the NBA. The Celtics received Kyrie Irving, and the Cavaliers got Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick, which had already was traded to the Celtics as part of the 2013 Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade. Today we are going to be comparing the two point guards and superstars in this trade. Please follow my Twitter and like my facebook page. Thanks!
Irving has played 381 career games and has averaged 21.6 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 5.5 assists per game. But last season he had better stats than his career average, with 25.2 points per game, and 5.8 assists per game. He is a 4-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year winner, All-Rookie, All-NBA, All Star MVP, and NBA Champ. Yet he was not happy playing for the Cavaliers because he wanted a role as more of a superstar and didn’t want to play alongside LeBron James. He is probably the best player in this trade, but it’s what the Cavs get back that makes the Cavs a winner in this trade.
Thomas was one of the best players in the NBA last season, with 28.9 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, and 5.9 assists per game. All of those stats were better than his career averages of 19.1 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game.
I think the Cavs are the winners in this trade because of the players they got besides Thomas and the draft pick. The Nets were the worst team in the NBA last season, and they didn’t make many upgrades in the offseason. So the Cavaliers could be getting the number 1 pick in the draft next season. Also, Jae Crowder averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game last season. He could be a key player coming off the bench at the small forward position for the Cavs.