Denver or Detroit: Ode to Allen Iverson
November 12, 2008 6:27pm CST
Ah yes, the NBA season has begun and already Joe D has brought forth the fruits of his promise to shake things up with his core unit. After loosing (again) in the eastern conference finals to the Boston Celtics Joe D proclaimed at the end of the season that there were 'no sacred cows'. with that he promptly fired head coach flip sanders, hired Michael Curry as new head coach and sign Kwame Brown. but there was no major trade to shake up the core players, until just 4 games into the season, Joe D pulled the trigger and traded Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Chiek Samb to Denver for Allen Iverson. Now I don't know about you, but this traded seems a little sudden but it has the potential to work out if there is chemistry involved. Allen Iverson now has to learn a new system and fit in with core players. Especially Rasheed Wallace. How do you feel about this trade. Is Denver or Detroit better.
15 Nov 08
Chemistry would not be an issue in the long run sheed and AI are flourishing well together, not to mention hamilton being free to take those jump shots because of AI's presence. Sheed's stats are just monstrous right now. and they just beat one of the top 2 teams in the league, the LA lakers
13 Nov 08
i think both teams got a good trade but this early i'd say detroit got the best of the deal. they get a legit star in ai without giving too much. billups is a good point guard but stuckey is quickly becoming a good player himself and with the added minutes, i see stuckey blossoming to be a great point guard. also, detroit kept a good number of their core players plus they have expiring contracts and make a run for lebron james when his contract expires. detroit will be a changed team and what's good is that they don't have to start from scratch. they still have price, wallace, and a good and deep bench. there are even talks that they'll resign dice when denver officially waives him. as for the nuggets, they will benefit from billups experience and leadership. there are times when the nuggets get careless and erratic in their plays so having the steady hands and nerves of steel of billups in the game will be a plus for them. with the deal, i think both conferences get better and the talent is shared amongst the teams. not saying that both teams will dominate their conferences but at least we see better competition this early in the season. also, expect other teams to pull off similar trades as the season progresses. just my thoughts.
13 Nov 08
Personally, I like the chances of Denver with the arrival of Chauncy Billups. Billups is a seasoned veterans who's into several finals appearances. And certainly, the Denver team has a champion player in their roster. As for Detroit, they are still formidable and a force to reckon with. Yes, their chemistry might be questioned this early, but as the tournament goes, they might jell together so well.
27 Nov 08
For me, I see that Denver got themselves the better end of this deal. Look at how well they've been playing with Chauncey Billups these days. It was just that AI was not a good fit in Denver, with him and Carmelo Anthony not having a good mesh in styles. True, the Pistons got a bonafide All-Star in their hands, but having Iverson in the team would really change the way the team plays as it would take time to integrate a shoot-first guard like Iverson into the mix. No doubt that Iverson could adjust but it would take time. It would slow down the development of Rodney Stuckey though as Iverson would really eat up a lot of playing time.