Last night, NBA Twitter EXPLODED. People from Boston were feeling mixed emotions about getting Kyrie but losing Isaiah Thomas. Cleveland was upset about losing their young superstar to their rivals in the east. NBA players were tweeting their reactions over the course of the night. It is safe to say that this mega-deal did not go unnoticed by anybody.
I have been seeing all over the internet that “both teams won the trade.” In a way, this is true, I guess because the Celtics just got drastically better while Cleveland got an all-star point guard, solid role player, 1st round pick, and a young man on the rise. However, there should be no question that the Boston Celtics won this trade. This should be clear as day, yet some people are still hesitant to believe it. If you read this article and still are on the fence, then read it again and again. Boston came away with gold.
Kyrie is a Superstar Player
There is no denying that Kyrie Irving is a superstar. He is a top-5 point guard in the league equipped with unbelievable handles, sharpshooting, and the clutch gene. Not to mention, Irving is the reason that the Celtics lost to the Cavs for the past few years. We put so much focus on LeBron that Kyrie would rip us apart. Especially with the loss of Avery Bradley, the biggest question was “Who will guard Kyrie Irving?” Well, Danny Ainge looked at it from a different angle. Instead of signing another elite defender, he signed Kyrie himself. Also, are we going to ignore that Kyrie was the most important part of Cleveland winning the NBA Championship in 2016? He hit maybe the most clutch shot in NBA Finals history. That isn’t his only clutch shot, however. LeBron looked for him at the end of most games to take the final shot. Kyrie is totally okay with having the game in his hands and that’s the kind of player I want wearing green.
Let’s take a look at Kyrie’s career resume:
2011-12 Rookie of the Year
NBA All-Star MVP
2014 FIBA MVP
2014 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
Conclusion: This guy is legit.
The Brooklyn Pick May Not be as Good as You Think
Celtics fans are so hypocritical. They complain that Ainge holds onto picks too often, which led to us missing out on Paul George and Jimmy Butler. Then, when we trade this year’s Nets pick, people are outraged saying that throwing in the pick was stupid and too much. PICK A SIDE. I am perfectly okay with getting rid of this pick instead of say, trading Brown or Tatum. This draft pick resulted in us getting Kyrie Irving. Also, as bad as Brooklyn has been these past few years, I would not be too surprised to see them finish with a better record than usual. The Nets are young and players are still gaining experience, but they play in a historically bad Eastern Conference. Casual NBA fans will think nothing of this, but the people who really follow the NBA can see that their roster this year is better than it has been in the past. D’Angelo Russell was acquired in the offseason as well as DeMarre Carrol and Allen Crabbe. Russell is due for a breakout season being the leader this Nets team needs, while Carrol and Crabbe both played for playoff teams in the Raptors and Trailblazers. That being said, the Nets are not going to be the worst team this year. They might not even have a top-5 pick to give after this year so this was the time to trade the pick. Great move.
Isaiah Thomas Hip Injury
The Celtics came out and said that part of the reason they traded away IT was that they did not trust that his hip would remain healthy throughout the year. During last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas injured his hip, sidelining him for the rest of the playoffs. He did not need surgery and seemed to recover from the injury quickly… a little too quickly. Although he is on pace to start the season, I would almost guarantee that he sits out a good amount of games this season. Now, the Celtics don’t have to worry about this and can start develop the core of Irving, Hayward, and Horford.
IT and LeBron on One Team but with One Ball
Last season, Isaiah Thomas shot the ball 18 times per game and was the Celtics’ first scoring option. If he did not get enough shots as he liked or felt as if the coaching decisions that did not revolve around him were bad moves, he was not afraid to go to the media and call people out. His behavior sounds an awful lot like LeBron’s. Two people on the same team who both want to be The Man, the star, the go-to, the one everyone wants to be. Both IT and LBJ are not afraid to call out their own teammates and coaches for not giving them the ball, so imagine the chaos that is going to ensue when neither of them are happy with each other, never mind everyone around them. Subtweets will fill up their Twitter profiles. IT is playing in the last year of his contract and has openly said he is a max deal type of player, so he will try to do everything he can to get that deal and be as selfish as he needs to be. That could include giving arguably the greatest player of all time the cold shoulder. It’ll hurt the Cavs, though.
The Celtics Saved Their Young Talent
What an exciting time to be a Celtics fan. We have three studs in Irving, Hayward, and Horford, as well as young talent that will surely succeed in years to come with Smart, Brown, Tatum, and Rozier. Not to mention that they having “The Dancing Bear” in Guerschon Yabusele coming up to play big man. These young players are going to run the league sooner than later and will hopefully remain in green the whole time. In this trade, the Celtics only got rid of one young player in Zizic while giving away IT and Crowder, two veterans.
If you still don’t think the Celtics won this trade then you are a certified crazy person. I only listed five reasons why we won the trade but the list can go on and on. I think I speak for everyone in Boston when I say that the Celtics are the new team to beat in the East. The Cavs are dead.