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Denver, Philadelphia, Iguodala all winners in blockbuster trade

Aug 10, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

Andre Iguodala AP

Yes, we’re calling this the Dwight Howard trade. And yes, the Lakers certainly come out of this winners.

But two other teams in this blockbuster four-team trade did well for themselves — and it was a win for Andre Iguodala as well.

It’s a win for Iggy and Denver because he is a better fit with George Karl’s more open, up-tempo offense than he has been in Philly — Denver will use him in a way more like Team USA is using him in London. Denver played at the second fastest pace in the league last year and Iggy can finish at the rim. They move the ball and he will get good looks. Denver’s already good offense (third in the league in points per possession last season) gets a little better.

More importantly, he will dramatically improve what was the NBA’s 20th ranked defense last season, filling the Nuggets big need as an elite perimeter defender. (They need better defense from JaVale McGee, too, but that’s another story.)

Denver just got better. The problem is they are in the West — the Lakers, Thunder, Clippers and probably Spurs are still better, and Memphis is right there. Still, this was a great trade for Denver.

As it was for Philadelphia — Kwame Brown isn’t their starting center any more.

The up-and-coming Sixers now have the best center in the East — Andrew Bynum is an All-Star who is just coming into his own. He provides a real matchup challenge for Miami. Put him in a starting five with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young (who has earned the extra minutes) and maybe Spencer Hawes and you have a good team. And the core of that team is all under 25 — they will grow over the next couple years.

They now are maybe the third or fourth best in the East — Miami is the team to beat, but the Celtics, Pacers and now maybe Sixers are on that next tier. A Holiday-Bynum pick-and-roll is going to do be hard to stop. And Doug Collins has gotten this team to play hard and play defense.

  1. rajbais - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    And I the reader and the winner to because the “Dwightmare” is FINALLY OVER!!!

  2. somekat - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    As much as I like the main part of the trade for the sixers (Iggy for Bynum), I am a little hesitant with the “throw in” guys.Giving up a furture first, Vucevic, and Harkless is basically 3 1sts, and it beats up their depth. I would assume the starting 5 would be what is posted above (Holiday/Turner/Young/Hawes/Bynum), which is going to be a size nightmare in the east. But their bench is Richardson/Brown/Nick Young/Lavoy Allen and Brakens.

    I would of really liked the deal better if they could of given up Brakens or Allen and held on to Harkless

  3. magicbucs - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    No it’s not over. The rest of this season is going to be if he resigns with the lakers or not. The great thing for magic fans is that Dwight the coward is finally gone. Can’t wait to hear all the boos next season. Better yet, lets throw hot dogs on the court NBA fans, Dwight’s a big wienie…

    • dal24la - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

      Maybe for you, I guarantee you most Laker fans are not worried if he will leave an extra year worth $25 million, his summer home the last few years, Hollywood and a title contender to walk to a rebuilding team.
      Besides “sources” said he’d resign here, so whatever question’s he receives are nothing compared to what he’d have got in Houston.

  4. qwertify - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Bynum: 18.7ppg 11.8rpg 1.9bpg, scoring with a guy named Kobe who shoots on 95% of your team’s possession, rebounding and blocking alongside another 7-footer in Gasol, managed to stay healthy last season, quite immature, 24 years old.

    Howard: 20.6ppg 14.5rpg 2.2bpg, his talent was never questioned, can’t shoot free throws, coming off a major back injury, drama king, drama queen, 26 years old.

    Unless it’s hollywood we’re talking about, i’m not really sure Howard is an upgrade over Bynum as of the moment. Team chemistry will now also be an issue. If i remember correctly, Howard said he doesn’t want to be the second option behind Kobe.. Uh yeah, not happening. But we’ll see, time will tell.

    • 24thesho - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:03 AM

      At times, Howard wasn’t even the first option when was the the Magic, it seemed.

    • aboogy123456 - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      I’m a long time lakers fan, and I do think that Bynum and Howard are a lot closer than people think. That being said, the more I’ve thought about it the more I think that Howard’s strengths are better for the lakers. Bynum is better with the ball, but he needs the ball to be effective. Howard is much better without the ball, so this way the lakers can feed gasol and not worry about getting every one their touches. One of the big problems last year was that there was only one ball and Gasol couldn’t get the ball enough, but now it becomes a lot easier to work the offense through him and make him more effective.

      Also if the Heat and the Lakers do match up in the finals, I think Dwight will be quick enough to guard lebron when they play lebron at the 4, so it will be hard for the heat to force lakers to go small like they did against oklahoma. Then on offense the lakers have a huge size advantage.

  5. dal24la - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    “They now are maybe the third or fourth best in the East — Miami is the team to beat, but the Celtics, Pacers and now maybe Sixers are on that next tier. ”

    Uhm…so what about Brooklyn? Knicks are on that tier too, or at least close to it.

    • dbick - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      Man I haven’t laughed as hard as I just did in a while. Thanks for that.

      • bishopbengals - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        Why would it be so funny? What I find funny is that there are people out there that hate the Knicks so much that they can’t even put them into the same category as the Pacers? Yes, it may be a stretch for the Nets since they haven’t really played good ball yet, but it’s not too far fetched to call the Knicks a good team. Notice how I didn’t say elite team? The only elite teams are the Lakers, the Thunder, and the Heat. We all know they aren’t as good as Miami and Boston, but to sit here and act like there isn’t ANY chance they will get hot at the right time is just being a stupid NBA fan.

      • thesixersbench - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        G*ddamn, that was funny.

        Still in disbelief that the Sixers landed Andrew Bynum. It changes the entire direction and future of this franchise. And to think….it nearly never happened. Hey Daryl Morey…..how’s my ass taste?

    • phaden27 - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      It’s funny because both New York teams have been more overhyped than Tim Tebow for years, and they still blow, I figured that would be simple to understand.

    • passerby23 - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      I actually agree. I still have the Knicks and Nets ahead of Philly at this point. Certainly the Sixers got better, but we’ll see how Bynum plays as the focal point of the offense, the franchise player. Even if he lives up to that billing, I still don’t think they have enough parts to be the third best team in the East. I think they’ve moved ahead of the Hawks as maybe the sixth seed.

      I still find it interesting how everyone says the game has changed away from the traditional center, yet everyone wants Bynum and Howard on their teams. The only reason the “game has changed” is because of a lack of quality traditional centers available. They will come back again and teams will build around them again.

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Orlando is the biggest winner! Superman [sarcasm] is finally gone!

  7. vicktator - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    Dwight Howard will also never be a Net, so it is also a win for the Sixers to keep him out of the division.

  8. mungman69 - Aug 10, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    If Bynam stayes (and grows up) the Sixers could be kind of scary.

    • thesixersbench - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      Oh, it’s coming baby, it’s coming. Believe dat.

  9. isujames - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    This is a B
    S. trade, how did the SNAKERS pull this off???

  10. isujames - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    @ qwertif??? Howard is a upgrade Dumba$$ ask any laker fan, they have a pretty good starting five and ass much as I hate the lakers and their fanatics, they have to be the odds on favorites to win it all.

  11. isujames - Aug 10, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    This guy bynum will be coming off the bench in less than five years with his Derrick Coleman knees,helluva trade for LA.

  12. dls612 - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Orlando got bullied into this deal! The nets gave them a better offer! And on top of that they don’t even get gasol. The Lakers did it to teams once again!

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      The Magic blew this trade by not taking the Nets offer when it was available. All the Lakers did was show the patience the Magic lacked. The Lakers don’t “do” it to other teams, except on the court. What the Lakers do is deal from a position of strength and wait for the opposition to crumble.

      You can’t really assess this deal until you see what players the Magic draft with their picks. They’ll suck for awhile and thus will have their own high pick for a couple of years to go along with the low first rounders from Denver, Philly, and L.A. Those trying to argue that the Magic got hosed are assuming that Orlando won’t pick intelligently in future drafts. At least give GM Hennigan a chance to show if he learned anything in OKC before you knee-jerk yourself into a coma.

  13. ningenito78 - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    What about Brooklyn and the Knicks on that 2nd tier?

    • bishopbengals - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      People are just haters, to rate the Pacers as better and not acknowledge that the Knicks could have a good run is showing lack of unbiased knowledge. All it takes is a good run for someone to get deep in the playoffs, just ask Dallas.

      • phaden27 - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        “A lack of unbiased knowledge”, you’re using those words and I don’t think you know what they mean.
        Jason Kidd vs any pg in the east is a big laugh.
        J.R. Smith… need I say more?
        Melo isn’t letting go of the ball anyway.
        And Amar’e likes to throw temper tantrums and break things when he gets angry, not great in an already injury prone player.
        Oh yeah the Knicks look great this year…. derp.

      • thesixersbench - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        I have a feeling you’re in for a very long, disappointing and bitter season.

  14. unxpexted1 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    PHilly has given them self a nice core to grow together for the next couple years. Give this team 2-3 years and they are a legitimate contender with a couple solid offseasons.

  15. pistolpete0903 - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Not a great fan of Superman, but Howard is an upgrade over Bynum; especially in defense.
    He patrolling the paint does change a lot of shots/drives which you don’t see in the stats (like blocks).
    The knock would be on Kobe and Mike Brown if they don’t win it all this season.

  16. imbetterthanyou - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    “The up-and-coming Sixers now have the best center in the East — Andrew Bynum”

    some guy who wears #6 in blue and orange, currently in London, begs to differ…knicks are still bad. stupid dolan…

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      I like Bynum’s all around game better, not to dis Chandler.

  17. philadelphiafan - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    “It’s a win for Iggy and Denver because he is a better fit with George Karl’s more open, up-tempo offense than he has been in Philly”

    Kurt, I’m not sure how many Sixer games you watched in the last couple years but Denver and Philly run the same type of offense. They are both fast-paced, run the floor, and neither can execute a half-court offense. Denver is getting a tremendous defender in Iggy though.

    • thesixersbench - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Yes – but the Nuggets have more talent on the offensive end than the Sixers do. It will be more of a natural fit for Iggy, because he’ll have to carry less of the scoring load.

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