Saturday, July 25, 2009

NBA Trade Machine Fun

The NBA Trade Machine gadget on ESPN is incredibly fun to play with. It has all the stipulations of current NBA contracts and abides by all rules set forth by the Association. However it does not take into the ability of the actual players in question. So you can feasibly trade Larry Hughes for LeBron James.

In a recent Bill Simmons mailbag, a reader boasted that he was able to improve the Knicks 58 wins according to the ESPN Trade Machine. (After the most recent trade machine update, his trade has since failed).

Simmons came back with this trade and said he was able to add 66 wins to the Knicks.

Well, after playing around with the trade machine this afternoon, I added 73 wins.

What would their roster look like with this trade?


PG- Jameer Nelson [16.7 pts, 5.4 ast, 3.5 reb]
SG- Brandon Roy [22.6 pts, 5.1 ast, 4.7 reb]
SF- LeBron James [28.4 pts, 7.2 ast, 7.6 reb]
PF- Rashard Lewis [17.7 pts, 5.7 reb, 2.6 ast]
C- Dwight Howard [20.6 pts, 13.8 reb, 2.9 blk]


6- Mo Williams (PG) [17.8 pts, 4.1 ast, 3.4 reb]
7- LaMarcus Aldridge (PF) [18.1 pts, 7.5 reb, 1.9 ast]
8- Darko Millic (C) [5.4 pts, 4.3 reb, 0.8 blk]
9- Jordan Hill (Rookie)
10- Toney Douglas (Rookie)

Not to mention they could still land Nate Robinson and David Lee in free agency. And after September 25th, Darko can be traded for Greg Oden, Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum, which should add at least 8 more wins.

I'd be willing to bet that Knicks team would win a championship.

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