By acquiring stretch forward Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers, The Sixers become one of the top three contenders to win the Eastern Conference Finals. Harris is averaging 20.9 PPG this year and is shooting an incredibly high percentage from the three point line. The Sixers starting lineup is now a scary one with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and JJ Redick. The East has been put on notice.
Additionally, The Sixers managed to deal the much-maligned and perplexing case of Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic. In return, the Sixers received Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first round pick, and 2019 second round pick. Trading the top pick in the NBA draft is never ideal, but in this case, The Sixers salvaged a decent return for what appears to be damaged goods. Result: Winner
The Magic acquired former overall top pick Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers. Unless they have a magical cure for Markelle Fultz in Orlando, this appears to be a real head scratcher. Fultz has shown no signs of living up to hype of being a top pick. Fultz has not even proven he can be a productive NBA player. Markelle Fultz’s numbers are abysmal and his low energy level brings his teammates down. Markelle’s lethargic play, awkward jumpshot, and willingness to sit out are all flags. The Philadelphia 76ers problem is now the Orlando Magic’s enigma to solve. Result: Loser
Everyone is talking about the 76ers acquiring Tobias Harris, but what about The Bucks obtaining perimeter sniper Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic isn’t a superstar, but he is a consistent shooter and is averaging 16.7 PPG. Nikola Mirotic may be the piece that gets the Bucks over the top of the mountain. Mirotic will be another weapon to complement superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. There is a solid chance that the Bucks and 76ers will meet during the Eastern Conference Playoffs. If this intriguing playoff matchup between The Bucks and 76ers does come to fruition, It will be interesting to watch the play of Tobias Harris and Nikola Mirotic. The battle between Mirotic and Harris may determine the outcome of the playoff series between The Bucks and 76ers. Result: Winner
Never really welcomed at Madison Square Garden, Kristaps Porzingis will settle into Dallas just fine. Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic will be a fearsome one-two punch. But will it be enough for The Mavericks to compete in the star studded Western Conference? With the dynamic duo of Porzingis and Doncic, The Mavericks will most likely find themselves back in the playoffs as soon as next year. The Mavericks did pay a hefty price for Porzingis. Porzingis cost The Mavs point guard Dennis Smith Jr. along with two future first-round picks. It will all be worthwhile if The Mavs can get back to the NBA Finals with young superstars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on the roster. Result: Winner
The Grizzlies failed to get much return for washed up center Marc Gasol. Now The Grizzlies will sink further into the cave of mediocrity. Franchise player Mike Conley’s flame will soon go out in Memphis and it’s sad to see that help will not be on the way. The Grizzlies received a package full of mediocrity, which includes Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas, and C.J. Miles. Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas, and C.J. Miles are veterans that will help The Grizzlies resemble an NBA team; however, the future looks bleak in Memphis. The Grizzlies would of been better served to receive draft picks, instead of offensive minded players like Valanciunas and Miles. Penny’s Memphis Tigers might be the team to watch in Memphis for the next few years. Result: Loser