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Top 10 Winners and Losers of the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline

The NBA trade deadline has officially passed. Who are the winners and losers of this year's trade deadline? Jason Radowitz takes a look and breaks down the trades that happened leading up to 3 pm ET on Thursday.
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Top 10 Winners and Losers of the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline

This year, in the NBA, there's no clear-cut favorite to win the NBA Championship. Before the deadline, the Brooklyn Nets were the oddsmakers' first team on the board, sitting at about +350. And that still hasn't changed, but now the Nets are currently +420 via FanDuel Sportsbook, to win the NBA Championship. Other teams in the mix include the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls. You can also throw in the Memphis Grizzlies while we're at it along with the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, and Denver Nuggets. So, therefore, it's a wide-open league this year and trades had to be made. With the NBA Trade deadline complete, here are the winners and losers of the NBA Trade Deadline.

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NBA Trade Deadline Winners

1. Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets just traded away James Harden and Paul Milsap to the 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two first-round picks. Recently, it was obvious that Harden wasn't giving it his all on the court, and on top of that, he was always injured and out for a long period of time. Harden was annoyed with Kyrie Irving being unable to play in home games and was tired of all that nonsense. But the icing on the cake was when Harden just didn't show effort in his last couple of games as a Net. Irving, Durant. and Harden only played 16 games together as a Big Three. Harden gave up on this team too quickly. Which isn't something new. He's asked for two trades in one year.

Now the Nets can get back to worrying about a Championship and if Simmons improved his shot at all during his time off, the Nets are real dangerous now.

2. Philadelphia 76ers

Most analysts out there will be trying to explain how one team beat the other in this trade between Simmons and Harden. But nobody knows how this will play out! The 76ers just got better adding James Harden, as long as he gives his full effort alongside the current MVP in Joel Embiid. Simmons was never going to step foot on the floor again for the 76ers, so just being able to find a suitor for Simmons and bringing in an all-star like Harden is absolutely massive.

3. Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers traded for Tyrese Haliburton and while he won't make the craziest impact of this season, the ceiling is high for the young guard. Indiana wanted to go a different direction and ended up trading Domantas Sabonis but added Buddy Hield and Tristian Thompson in the deal as well. On top of that, the Pacers traded Torrey Craig for a solid centerpiece in Jalen Smith from the Suns and traded Caris LeVert for Ricky Rubio but also a first-round pick and a couple of second rounders. The Pacers got younger with a whole lot more potential now.

4. Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics needed an extra piece before the deadline hit and they got one. The Celtics added Derrick White from the Spurs in exchange for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford along with a first-round pick. Currently, White is averaging 14.4 points per game while also assisting on 5.6 baskets a game. White can also rebound as he's averaging 3.5 rebounds per game. White's just a guy that can do it all and is a perfect fit with the Celtics. Boston also traded Dennis Schroder Enes Freedom and Bruno Fernando for Daniel Theis. Theis started his career in Boston and knows the system, has played with most of the guys and is a solid role piece. Meanwhile, they also traded for PJ Dozier and Bol Bol, but I don't even think Dozier will be on the team tomorrow.

5. New Orleans Pelicans

If the Pelicans' mission is to win the Championship, I'm not sure C.J. McCollum will help do that. However, the Pelicans, when healthy, should be really fun now. The Pelicans traded away Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Didi Louzada, a first-round pick, and two seconds for McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., and Tony Snell. New Orleans has a lethal starting five anchored by Ingram and McCollum and the Pelicans be stacked once Zion Williamson returns. Still, when I look at this team, it doesn't scream championship. Still, I like that the Pelicans are at least trying here.

6. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks just traded Kristaps Porzingis for two very high ceiling players in Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. Neither of those two were having much success in Washington, but with Luka Doncic handling the ball, both of those two guys will play at a more elite level, like they are capable of. People will hate this deal for the Mavericks. But a team's system is everything. Bertans is a reliable shooter while Dinwiddie is a legitimate scoring threat that Luka needs by his side.

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NBA Trade Deadline Losers

1. Los Angeles Lakers

I know the Lakers tried extremely hard to make a move. I'm sure the Lakers looked into getting rid of Russell Westbrook. But it just wasn't in the cards today. Instead, the Lakers will look at the buyout market and sign a couple of veterans that are washed up like the rest of the team. The Lakers took a gamble with Westbrook and it didn't pay off. Now they're kind of stuck as a team and have no direction. The reality is, LeBron James' time in the league is getting shorter and shorter and now it seems like the Lakers wasted another year of his talents.

2. New York Knicks

The Knicks did go after Cam Reddish earlier this season, but he barely even plays for the Knicks right now anyway. Julius Randle is rumored to be upset with the team and Kemba Walker, Alec Burks, and Evan Fournier were all rumored to be in trade talks. But the Knicks instead sat on their hands and did nothing. Let's face it, New York won't be making the playoffs this year, but even if they got rid of those players for Westbrook and took on his contract, it would've shown that the Knicks are looking towards the future. But they aren't.

3. Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards are adding Kristaps Porzingis in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. Dinwiddie and Betrans were not playing up to their potential in Washington, but both have so much potential in Dallas. Washington is basically a place to go if you're looking to lose out on your potential. This will now be Porzingis' third team of his career. If that doesn't tell you something, start thinking about that again. He's an overrated player. He's got great height but no heart.

4. Memphis Grizzlies

I get that the Memphis Grizzlies didn't want to hurt their future business, but with Memphis sitting at third in the Western Conference, now was the time to go out and add another player to help this team finish and stay in third place. Memphis will be fine without any new player, but it just would've been nice to see them active today.


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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