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Assessing the deals of the Southwest Divison

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Best player deal:

James Harden, Shooting Guard

Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

To: Houston Rockets

From: Oklahoma City Thunder

Influence: 80%

Benefits: Genuine play maker, pick and roll, variety in the game, reduces dependency on the bench, new leader, fast break perimeter threat and go to guy of this rejuvenating franchise.

Weaknesses: Man marking, inability to thrive against zone defense, momentum based player and temperament.

Most over-rated deal:

Elton Brand, Power Forward


Washington Wizards v Dallas Mavericks

To: Dallas Mavericks

From: Philadelphia 76ers

Influence: 60%

Benefits: Dynamic shooter, formidable competitor, clutch when on fire, great dunker and experience.

Weaknesses:  Over-paid, won’t get minutes to prove his worth, zones out of the game constantly, production doesn’t match the hype, and never been top notch despite years in the league, injury issues and hitting rock bottom of career.

Best value deal:

OJ Mayo, Shooting Guard

Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

To: Dallas Mavericks

From: Memphis Grizzlies

Influence: 75%

Benefits: Experience, bench strength, clutch, play making, strength and production column.

Weaknesses: Unsure how he will settle on game time, defense and sharp shooting.

Best draft deal:

Anthony Davis, Power Forward

New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

From: University of Kentucky

To: New Orleans Hornets

Influence: 85%

Benefits: Predicted stats: 14.5 PPG, 8 RPG and 2 BPG, spreads the ball on the court, passing machine, tempo and versatility in the paint, one of the best clutch shooting and defensive rookies, rebounds, agility threat, blocking and reigning national champion in college.

Weaknesses: Not a pure paint shooter, pick and roll, field goal percentage, foul trouble and physique.

Best contract extension:                                                           

Tim Duncan, Power Forward

Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Deal: 3 years, 36 million USD

Influence: 95%

Benefits: Team player, ball control, captain, defensive magnet, not too expensive of a deal, spreads the ball out, gets everyone in the game constantly, one of the best power forwards of all time, improves the youth and balances the team in every department, franchise player, great production column and has potential to be a future Hall of Famer.

Weakness: Injury-prone, defense, hitting rock bottom of his career and age.
Read more: Assessing the deals of the Pacific Division

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