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Both Sides of the Blockbuster.

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Denver gets Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDysse.

Pros: Denver gets SOMETHING for Iverson as opposed to having him walk away for nothing at seasons end. Denver gets two players who used to play for the franchise and are familiar with the city, fans and altitude. Billups unlike Iverson is MORE of a traditional point guard who does not require an inordinate amount of shots to be effective. Billups also will make sure franchise player Carmelo Anthony is the focal point on offense and sharp shooter JR Smith should strive as well.

Cons: Billups for all his late game heroics and steady play is NOTHING more than a glorified role player. At this stage in McDysses career he is no more than a veteran bench player. He is actually an injury risk insurance policy to the injury prone player (see Kenyon Martin).

Detroit gets Allen Iverson.

Pros: A.I. is one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the NBA. He currently ranks 3rd All Time behind Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain in points per game average. For this season if he has another gear remaining he can guide the Pistons to an NBA Championship. Acquiring A.I. allows the Pistons at season end to dump $38 Million in salary as forward Rasheed Wallace also comes off the books. Young stud Rodney Stuckey eventually assumes the point guard duties without the awkward benching of an aging superstar veteran.

Cons: A.I. is A.I. and no one is teaching him new tricks. He has never been able to coexist with talented players and win. He coexisted in Denver but they were 1-8 in the playoffs with him. Should he go to the face (term for not being generous with distributing ball), things will be much more tumultuous in Detroit where anything less than the Conference Finals with A.I. will be a resounding failure.

The Verdict: Only time will tell who will be the ULTIMATE winner of this trade. If Denver makes it out of round 1 in the Super West then the trade certainly worked out for them. If Detroit is able to get back to the NBA Finals, never mind win the whole thing then you have to say they made the best move they could make. To me the winner is the team that can compete for an NBA Title right away and have the cap space to retool in the near future. Detroit is in the drivers seat an controlling their own destiny.


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