Feature: The 12th Man

Daily Five: Amar'e Stoudemire To Philly or Detroit Rumors Gain Steam

Author: Patrick Hayes
Published: February 08, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Each day, we'll take a quick look at five of the most important stories going on in the NBA.

Paul Coro: "Possibilities with Philadelphia could be stronger with two fronts, a deal between bringing in swingman Andre Iguodala for Stoudemire with perhaps young power forward Marreese Speights or a three-way deal involving Detroit with Pistons guard Ben Gordon winding up in Philadelphia and the Suns getting Iguodala and Detroit power forward Chris Wilcox. The rub with Iguodala, a 26-year-old former Arizona star, is inheriting a contract that will pay him $56.5 million over the next four seasons."

PistonPowered: "We’re 10 days from the NBA trade deadline, and the Pistons have frequently been mentioned as one of the league’s most active teams. They have plenty of assets and plenty of holes. They could benefit by adding or shedding salary. It almost seems inevitable they’ll make a trade. But in all likelihood, they won’t. And I think there’s good reason."

Holly MacKenzie: (Reggie Evans:) “I’m not no foot specialist. I’m a basketball specialist. I let the trainer do the foot thing. But I’ve learned a lot. I’ve definitely learned a lot.”

SLAM: "In considering all the aforementioned players, I have to mention first my countryman, the late Drazen Petrovic, who left us too soon at the age of 28. Drazen was particularly deserving of playing in the 1993 All-Star game, hosted in Salt Lake City. He was at the peak of his powers that season, averaging 23.4 ppg while also shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 49.6 percent from the three-point line (best in the League) at the time the All-Star reserves were announced."

Wages of Wins: "The numbers, though, suggest a different story.  Let’s start with the starting line-up and the bench.  The starters — Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Kendrick Perkins — have produced 30.5 of the team’s 32.8 Wins Produced.   This means that the bench players have produced less than two wins."


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