It’s easier to create tribute videos for players whose exit is a mutual decision and not the result of a team wanting to upgrade at a position. Beverley was often compared to a junkyard dog because of how he hounded his matchup on defense and took him out of the game, sometimes literally.
Beverley was a solid starter for Houston after his rookie year, but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey decided to move him in order to get better at guard with Chris Paul. That shows what the organization thought of its defensive standout, and why its tribute video wasn’t all that long.
The Thunder’s much-maligned 2012 trade of James Harden to the Rockets wasn’t a total loss for Oklahoma City, as they ultimately netted starting center Steven Adams. It’s also questionable whether Harden would have remained willing to come off the bench for the Thunder, and whether that would have caused drama. The Thunder continued to contend after trading him.
It’s also too early to judge two trades from this past summer that, as of now, look awful. Early returns on the Cavs’ trade of Kyrie Irving to Boston certainly don’t look good for Cleveland, but there’s still much left to be decided, depending on whether LeBron James re-signs and what kind of player the Nets’ pick becomes.
Curry has shot better than 41 percent from the 3-point line in all nine seasons he’s been in the league, including this one. But as the Warriors have slipped to 4-4 in their last eight games since Curry lit up the Celtics with 49 points, his shot has been off �� he is scoring only 19.8 points per game in those eight games and making 32.9 percent from the arc.
If he does not turn it around, the unthinkable could happen: Curry could finish the season below 40 percent from the 3-point line.
He has new star-level teammates, but Westbrook has been his same old self, eighth in the league in scoring (25.4 per game) and first in assists (10.4), while still near a triple-double average (9.4 rebounds).
Oklahoma City has been wildly inconsistent this season, but one thing that’s clear: When Westbrook makes shots at even a decent rate, the Thunder are very good. OKC is 24-12 when Westbrook makes 40 percent of his shots or more, 8-13 when he does not.