Steve Blake showed significant improvement in his second game with the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 21. Blake, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 19, scored six points and dished out five assists in 16 minutes during the Warriors 93-86 victory over Brooklyn on Feb. 21.
Blake was acquired by the Warriors in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, the day prior to the NBA’s trade deadline.
Blake was 2-of-4 from the floor versus the Nets, with both makes coming from beyond the arc .
With the win over the Nets, the Warriors are 2-0 since acquiring the 10-year old veteran. Golden State has now won three straight and seven of its past 10 games. The Warriors are currently sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference, just 0.5 games ahead of eighth place of Phoenix and Dallas.
Blake scored three points, on just 1-of-5 shooting, in his first game with Golden State versus Houston on Feb. 19. He also grabbed two rebounds, had one assist and one blocked shot in 18 minutes of action.
Blake was averaging 9.1 points and 7.3 assists. He was also shooting 39.9 percent from the three-point line.
The Lakers are 1-1 since dealing Blake after losing to Brooklyn 108-102 on Feb. 22.
Bazemore, who was averaging just 2.3 points in 6.1 minutes of action with Golden State has produced two solid performances with the Lakers. He scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting in his first career start against the Nets.
Bazemore scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor in his Los Angeles debut against Boston (101-92 win).
Brooks has also been impressive in his two games with the Lakers after seeing very limited time with Golden State. Brooks is averaging 10.5 points a game and is shooting 10-of-21 from the field, which includes a 14 point game, on 7-of-11 hooting against the Celtics.
Brooks appeared in just seven games with the Warriors and averaged 1.2 points in 2.6 minutes of action.
The verdict: Very good. The Warriors get a very good backup for Stephen Curry. Blake is an excellent distributor and is a consistent three-point shooter – he averages a little over one triple a game and a career 39.0 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
Blake, who is a free agent after the season, also allows Jordan Crawford to just play his natural two position.
Bazemore and Brooks will get more of an opportunity with the rebuilding Lakers, who save $4 million dollars in salary and luxury tax.
Both Bazemore, 24, and Brooks, 25, are scorers though Brooks has struggled with his shot since after his rookie season with New Jersey.
The only questions are can Bazemore, who is known as a hard-nose defender, provide anything more than scoring and Brooks, who has four steals in his last two games, regain his form of his rookie season.
Brooks averaged 12.6 points while shooting 42.8 percent from the floor during the 2011-12 season.
The rest of the article will examine the NBA deadline day deals and whether they were good or bad trades. These deals involved the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, , Miami Heat, Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks.
The trade: Toronto Raptor trade Austin Daye to San Antonio for Nando de Colo
The details: De Colo, 26, has played in 26 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.
The 6-foot-11 Daye, the No. 15 pick in 2009 out of Gonzaga, has only played in eight games for Toronto this season.
The verdict: Good. In a very minor deal, the Raptors (31-25) bolstered their backcourt by adding size and a decent shooter. De Colo is shooting over 45 percent from the field this season and is a career 36 percent shooter from beyond the arc. He also will provide some rebounding help from the off guard position.
De Colo, who is unlikely to see a lot of playing time, grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist in his first action with the Raptors. He will be a free-agent at the end of the season.
Daye will not likely see much action with the Spurs (40-13). He has two-years remaining on his contract.
The trade: The Miami Heat traded Roger Mason Jr. and cash to the Sacramento Kings for a highly protected 2nd-round pick.
The details: Immediately after trading for Mason Jr., the Kings waived the nine-year vet. Sacramento alo received between $500,000-$1 million. The Heat probably won’t see the second round draft pick til at least 2019.
Mason averaged 3.0 points in 25 games for the Heat this season.
Verdict: Good. The Heat cleared a roster spot for a veteran wing player while the Kings received cash.
The deal: The Charlotte Bobcat acquired Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.
The details: The Charlotte Bobcats finally pried Gary Neal from the Milwaukee Bucks when they agreed to take on the contract of veteran point guard Luke Ridnour.
Neal was averaging 10.0 points a game in 20.0 minutes of action despite shooting 39.0 percent from the field.
Ridnour averaged 5.7points and 3.4 assists in 21.2 minutes of action.
Sessions averaged 10.4 points and 3.7 assists a game while Adrien averaged 2.3 points and 3. 8 rebounds in just 10 minutes of action.
The verdict: Good. Charlotte picks up two quality reserves who can both play either the point or shooting guard position.
While Sessions is probably the more consistent scorer, Neal and Ridnour are more reliable perimeter shooters. Neal is shooting 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and is a career 39.0 percent long range shooter while Ridnour is currently hitting 36/8 percent of his shot from the three-point line and is a career 35.1 percent shooter from long range.
Charlotte has won four in a row and is currently sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 27-30 record. The Bobcats are 21st in the NBA in scoring with 95.2 points a game and average just 5.8 made triples a game.
The Bucks save about a million dollars in salaries, the rest of the year and both Sessions and Adrien are free agents after the season.
The trade: The Sacramento Kings sent Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.
The details: Thornton averaged 8.3 points per game in 24.4 minutes of game for the Kings. However, he is struggled shooting from the field this season shooting 38.1 percent from the field including a career-worst 31.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Thornton averaged 21.3 points in 2010-11 and followed that up with 18.7 points a game in 2011-12. He possesses a career scoring average of 13.5 points while shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Brooklyn (26-28) has two-of-three games since trading for Thornton. Thornton has not appeared in any of the three games due to food poisoning.
Terry, who was acquired by Brooklyn along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, averaged 4.5 points in in 16.3 minutes of playing action. Terry, like Thornton, is struggling shooting from the field (36.2 percent) this season.
The 6-8 Evans, known for his rebounding, has appeared in 30 games and is averaging 2.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. He averaged 11.1 rebounds in 80 games last season.
Thornton is owed a combined $16.7 million for this season and next, and Terry will make approximately $10.7 combined and Evans $3.4 million in the same time span.
The verdict: Good trade. Brooklyn, which is 2-1 since acquiring Thornton, is currently 22nd in the Association in scoring with 97.4 points a game. Thornton has not appeared in a game since the trade due to food poisoning.
Thornton will serve as Joe Johnson’s primary backup and is expected to provide the Nets the scoring they much needed. The Nets are 22nd in the Association in scoring with 97.4 points a game.
For the Kings, the move gives them – in addition to some minor savings –a more proven backup point guard and a bruiser in Evans who will add toughness and experience to their defensively-challenged team.
Sacramento is 2-0 since the trade.
Evans grabbed five rebounds in eight minutes in his Kings’ debut against Denver on Feb. 23. Terry has not appeared in a game for the Kings and has decided to rehab his surgically repaired left knee. He will not play again this season.