The Philadelphia 76ers made the biggest trade on trade deadline day by sending center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for small forward Justin Anderson, center Andrew Bogut, and a future 1st round pick.
I’m not sure how I feel about this trade for the 76ers because it is a major shame that they are giving up on 22-year old center Nerlens Noel despite him having so much potential. However, the 76ers might have made a smart move at the same time since the team already has a logjam in the frontcourt with players like Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, and Joel Embiid. Meanwhile, the 76ers will receive some young talent in this trade as they are getting 2015 1st round pick Justin Anderson and likely a 2017 1st round pick. Anderson has struggled in Dallas especially on offense, but his defensive abilities fit in well with what the 76ers want to do. Anderson is a major developmental project for the 76ers on the offensive side of the ball, but if he can become a decent scorer then he could be a really good overall shooting guard for Philadelphia. Also, the 76ers are getting a 1st round pick which is a heavily protected pick as it can only be in the top 18 which the Mavericks will highly likely fall into that category for the 2017 draft. We’ll see what type of player the 76ers get in the draft and that will be the key to if this trade fails or not for the 76ers. Philadelphia probably should have gotten more in return for Noel. However, I can’t give them a terrible grade since they needed to do something to clear up the logjam at the center position.
It is extremely difficult to find centers that have outstanding potential like Nerlens Noel has. Noel never succeeded during his time in Philadelphia, but the 76ers never gave him the opportunity to succeed. Noel probably won’t make a huge impact right away, yet once Dirk Nowitzki retires soon then Noel will be the Mavericks starting center hopefully for many years to come. Noel is only 22 years old and if he can become a good offensive player then there is a very good chance that he could be an elite player for Dallas. Meanwhile, the Mavericks didn’t give up too much to get him. Trading away Andrew Bogut made tons of sense since he is getting older and he wasn’t going to have much of a role with Noel now on the team anyway. Justin Anderson provided Dallas with solid defense, but he struggled mightily offensively and he probably wasn’t going to be very successful with the Mavericks anyway. The 1st round pick is the part of the trade that Dallas didn’t probably want to give up, but by acquiring a player with the potential of Noel then that is a worthwhile risk. Dallas will need to give up a large contract soon in order to keep Noel, but if they can do so then this is a very good trade that will help them for the future.