Ben Leibowitz is a writer for Point After, a sports data aggregation and visualization website that’s part of the Graphiq network.More from Point After: Best NBA Players by Country | Top 35 NBA All-Star Game MVPs | Making Sense of the Tobias Harris Trade Tobias Harris, the first major domino to fall two days prior to the deadline, was sent from the Orlando Magic to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Jennings (expiring contract) and Ersan Ilyasova (non-guaranteed contract in 2016-17).
Greg Monroe proved to be a poor fit in that sense, so SVG moved on.
If Harris’ lone season as a solid three-point shooter was a fluke, that’s not ideal for Detroit’s outlook.
Of course, as a guy who once averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds as a 20-year-old for Orlando, there’s clearly plenty of upside here—especially since the fifth-year pro is still only 23 years old.
The Magic, meanwhile, didn’t even get a first-round pick in return.
Sports Illustrated's Ryan Asselta and Ben Golliver discuss how the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards all helped themselves, while the Orlando Magic made some head scratching decisions at the NBA trade deadline.
After plenty of trade rumors involving big names like Pau Gasol, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard and the Atlanta Hawks entire roster, the 2016 NBA trade deadline was limited to a handful of less splashy deals.Moves involving Jarnell Stokes, Brian Roberts and Shelvin Mack certainly aren’t blockbusters, but players on the move to contenders and potential playoff teams ensured some intrigue—even though, as a sequel, 2016’s deadline was like Men in Black II compared to the wildly entertaining 2015.The Point After team will run down the most impactful deadline deals using intriguing stats and interactive visualizations.Considering Van Gundy surrendered a first-rounder in a separate deal to land Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton from the Houston Rockets, that reflects very poorly on Orlando’s front office.The mustachioed Van Gundy brother puts a lot of stock in outside shooting, and if Harris can’t get the job done, Motiejunas (39% over the past two seasons) and Thornton (35.9% in his career) likely can.That being said, Motiejunas will have to get healthy.