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Assessing the deals of the Atlantic division

Modified 26 Sep 2012, 23:39 IST

Best player deal

Andrew Bynum, Center

To: Philadelphia 76ers

From: Los Angeles Lakers

Influence: 80%

Benefits: Explosive center, efficiency in the paint, rebounding powerhouse, pick and roll playmaker, variety in the game, reduces dependency on the bench and possible new leader, gigantic physique, second best center in the game.

Weaknesses: Injury issues, temperament, fluctuation in form, departure of Andrew Iguodala and agility on the court.

Most over-rated deal

Joe Johnson, Shooting Guard


To: Brooklyn Nets

From: Atlanta Hawks

Influence: 50%

Benefits: Dynamic shooter, great dunker, clutch in the regular season, strong defender, remarkable playmaking and experience to support D-Ron-Williams.

Weaknesses: Age, OVER-PAID, zones out of the game in the second and third quarter, stats: 17 PPG, 3 RPG, and 3 APG – those could be Gerald Wallace numbers this year and extremely poor in the playoffs.

Best value deal

Jason Terry, Guard

To: Boston Celtics

From: Dallas Mavericks

Influence: 75%

Benefits: Experience, bench strength, championship winner, clutch, defensive powerhouse, playmaking, three point specialist, reduce dependency on Rondo and energetic marksman.

Weaknesses: Age, height, lack of ball at disposal, competition at the spot, lesser efficiency than Ray Allen with shooting and foul trouble.

Best draft deal

Jonas Valanciunas, Center

From: Lietuvas Rytas

To: Toronto Raptors

Influence: 80%

Benefits: Size, true center, defense, international experience, predicted stats: 15 PPG, 8 RPG and 2 BPG, spreads the ball on the court, coordination with Calderon, offensive rebounds and new leader on the roster.

Weaknesses: Ball handling, injury prone, accustom ability to the NBA’s fast paced and guard dominated game.

Best contract extension

Deron Williams, Point Guard

Deal: 5 years, 98 million USD

Influence: 85%

Benefits: production, true leader, ball control, defensive magnet, spreads the ball out, gets Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez in the game constantly, improves Kris Humphries and Joe Johnson and balances the team in every department.

Weakness: cap size – reduces it significantly, restricts the ability to sign other big names and known for detrimental relations with coach and management.

Published 26 Sep 2012, 23:39 IST
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