Just like last year’s NBA Trade Deadline, this year proved to be another bust. The Philadelphia 76ers moved a couple of their big pieces – Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner – but other than that, it was just another day at the office.
While there may have not been any huge blockbuster deals, it’s important for fantasy basketball owners to know which players across the league will have their minutes and roles affected by the deals that went down.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic: He wasn’t directly involved in any trades, nor were the Magic, but buying out Glen Davis was significant in terms of Harris’ fantasy value for the rest of the season.
Davis wasn’t part of Orlando’s rebuilding efforts, and the move will give the 21-year-old Harris plenty of minutes down the stretch.
Harris is averaging 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds in 35 games this season after missing 21 of the Magic’s first 22 games with a sprained ankle, but has improved of late, scoring 14.8 points and grabbing 8.0 boards since Jan. 2.
After Harris came over from the Milwaukee Bucks in one of last year’s trade deadline moves, he averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 1.4 blocks, and 1.0 3-pointer per game.
The 1.4 shots he was swatting last year is probably a little out of his range — although he’s picked it up a little in the block department (0.8 in last five games) of late — but owners can expect similar scoring and rebounding production from Harris, if not better.
Byron Mullens, Philadelphia 76ers: Mullens’ 2012-13 season with the Charlotte Bobcats was interesting, for lack of a better word.
Last year in Charlotte, Mullens averaged 10.6 points, with 30 percent of his total coming via the 3-point shot. Not the typical numbers you’d expect to come from a 7-foot center. His 38.5 field goal percentage, 6.4 boards, and 0.6 blocks per game would have you think he was a rookie shooting guard.
The Clippers took a chance on him this off-season, signing him to a two-year, $2 million contract, but he played just 6.2 minutes over 27 games in Los Angeles.
Trading him to Philly works for both teams, but it also improves Mullens’ fantasy value (I mean, it couldn’t get much worse).
Mullens is one of just nine players on the active roster signed through next season, so it is in the Sixers’ best interest to play their 25-year-old 3-point-shooting big man. The Sixers’ league-leading pace (102.5) bodes well for Mullens’ chances the rest of the season, and it’s possible he could average 12-14 points and 1.5-2.0 3-pointers the rest of the way.
Other Trade Deadline winners: Ramon Sessions (Bucks), Gary Neal (Bobcats), Tony Wroten and James Anderson (Sixers), Kendall Marshall (Lakers), Andre Miller (Wizards), Aaron Brooks – as long as Ty Lawson remains out (Nuggets)