March 20, 2023

NBA Lineup Notes: Cavs, Clippers, Knicks, Rockets

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Extra 2023 NBA Trade Deadline week notes, this time showcasing the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and Houston Rockets.

Cleveland Cavaliers & Los Angeles Clippers

Even with the Cavs & Clippers being leading defensive groups this 12 months, I however marvel how considerably they can essentially go with their recent rosters. Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen & Evan Mobley are terrific down very low, but I would not say everyone has established by themselves as that nightly wing stopper. The Clippers may be in a worse situation than the Cavs if they do not make any moves. I just can’t see Ivica Zubac going the whole yr currently being their only real rim protection/Kawhi Leonard not acquiring any dependable defensive enable on the perimeter in the playoffs. Terance Mann has stepped up properly this time, but he could probably get traded. 

New York Knicks

Not several individuals are, but I’m however significant on New York’s Cam Reddish & Obi Toppin. Even if they really don’t switch out to be starters, I have a hard time believing the two just cannot support a team’s bench. Also I individually believe that that there is however a great deal of probable (both of those offensively & defensively) to be unlocked for the previous lottery picks. Dependent on DNP’s/MPG, I’d picture their price isn’t that superior at the minute, so why not consider the opportunity? 

Houston Rockets

Houston’s Eric Gordon, KJ Martin, and Jae’Sean Tate are part players with vitality that can adjust video games. They would suit perfectly on playoff teams if traded, as I’ve always been a enthusiast of Gordon’s offense, Martin’s athleticism, and Tate’s flexibility. Also if I’m teams looking to offer, I’d question the Rockets if they’d be ready to focus on younger players like TyTy Washington, Josh Christopher, and Usman Garuba, the a few have proven some good flashes recently.