It’s been a while since we’ve done a Daily Three-Pointer. Let’s recap the past few exciting days.
The NBA All-Stars have been announced, and the starters are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan, Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Ja Morant, and Andrew Wiggins. The reserves are Devin Booker, Jimmy Butler, Luka Doncic, Darius Garland, Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green, James Harden, Zach LaVine, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell, Chris Paul, Jayson Tatum, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Fred VanVleet. The All-Star draft between Durant and James will be on February 10th, live on TNT. You can read my breakdown of this year’s All-Stars here.
Trade(s) of the Day:
Caris LeVert was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday, but I’ll be doing a separate blog post on that later today. The Clippers and Trail Blazers agreed to a five-team deal in which the Clippers send Eric Bledsoe, Justice Winslow, Keon Johnson, and a 2025 second-round pick from the Pistons to Portland. The Blazers, on the other hand, are sending Norman Powell and Robert Covington.
The Clippers easily won this trade. It’s been made clear that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are unlikely to return this year, but if they do, their supporting cast has just been made a lot stronger. Powell is averaging 18.9 points per game this season, is 28 years old, and proven he can score when necessary. In his debut for the Clippers last night, he dropped 28 points! Covington is a proven defender, and can score when necessary; in his debut with the Clippers, he had a solid 13 points and 4 rebounds. What are the Blazers doing?
Question of the Day: Are the Celtics Legit?
The Boston Celtics look like a bunch of players that have finally gelled into a team, like they needed to. They’ve won their last five games, with three of them being double-digit blowouts. They now sit at 30-25, 8th in the Eastern Conference, giving Brad Stevens a difficult decision about what to do before the trade deadline. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are playing great, and Robert Williams III has stepped up as well. However, it is worth noting that while they did beat the Miami Heat by 30 points, their other wins in this winning streak have come against the Pelicans (without Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram), the Hornets, Pistons, and Magic. There are some very conflicting messages here. Let me know your thoughts on this team in the comments.
As the NBA trade season ramps up, there will be lots of trades announced, and there’s no better place you can go for trade breakdowns, fun facts, and daily news then the NBA Blog! Don’t forget to follow so you’ll never miss another basketball update, and as always, have an awesome day!