Monday, April 11, 2011
Top Pu Pu Platters of All-Time: NBA Edition
|Nothing is better than a Pu Pu platter, Unless you are an NBA GM|
Philadelphia: Trades Charles Barkley
Phoenix: Trades Jeff Hornacek, Andrew Lang, and Tim Perry
|Sir Charles slimmed down (probably fewer Pu Pu's ) during his 3 dominant years in Phoenix|
Like most Pu Pu platters, hindsight is 20/20. Hornacek played out of position for one year with Philadelphia, Lang followed with only one mediocre year in the city of brotherly love. Perry was the only member of the trade to play more than one year (he played three) but never reached double figure points. Oh and how did Barkley do? How does 25/12, 21/11, and 23/11 sound? He also was named the 1993 MVP.
Platter #2: The crispy beer brat platter for two
Milwaukee : Trades Kareem Abdul-Jabar
Los Angeles: Trades Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers & Junior Bridgeman
|Kareem Doesn't get enough love for the sky-hook|
Now that I've gotten my hatred for Milwaukee management out of the way lets look at the four player platter they received. Each of the four players did not do that horribly with the Bucks. Winters averaged 16 PPG over 8 seasons, Bridgeman 14 PPG in 9 seasons, Meyers 11 PPG in 4 seasons, and Smith 13 PPG in 1 season. Although these numbers are not awful, this quartet did not produce a single all star game, MVP, or NBA title for the Bucks. Abdul Jabar would go on to play 14 season with Los Angeles, collecting 5 NBA titles, and becoming the all-time NBA scoring leader.
Platter #3: The twin city drop soup
Minnesota: Trades Kevin Garnett
Boston: Trades Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, and Theo Ratliff
|Danny you Dawg you|
Now that we see the background of this trade, lets take a look at the platter that Boston sent. Al Jefferson was the crown jewel of the trade. Jefferson was an emerging big man who demanded a double team in the post and was a capable rebounder. He ended up averaging 21/11, 23/11, and 17/9 in his 3 seasons in Minnesota. The second important piece of the platter was Gerald Green. Green, an explosive dunker was thought of as having a world of potential. Green's career never panned out in Minnesota. He ended averaging 5 points in only one season with the Timberwolves. Gomes actually ended up being the next most important part of the deal, averaging 12/5, 13/5, and 10/4 during his three seasons in Minnesota. Gomes also added toughness, manliness, and beauty to the Timberwolves roster. Telafair had limited success, and Ratliff was added into the trade for his expiring contract. And for Garnett; He only went on to be the runner up for league MVP during 2007 and lead the Celtics to a championship.
Platter #4: The pork spare rib with barbaque sauce
Memphis: Trades Pau Gasol
Los Angeles: Trades Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, Marc Gasol, and a Pair of First Round Picks
|Marc "John Hendrie" Gasol|
Posted by Dave Hendrie at 6:10 PM