The Golden State Warriors have sent Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks to the Philadelphia 76ers for three second-round picks. We break down and grade the trade.
The Golden State Warriors‘ busiest trade deadline in recent history has continued. Reports state that the Warriors have agreed to trade veteran wings Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for three second-round picks (via Dallas, Denver, and Toronto).
This deal comes on the heels of another transaction that saw Golden State ship big man Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks for an additional second-round selection. The team has also actively shopped former All-Star D’Angelo Russell over the past few weeks.
Here’s how each team grades out in the most recent move.
Golden State Warriors: C+
In the big picture, this was a good trade for the Bay Area team. While Robinson and Burks were both solid contributors this season, the team will likely begin serious roster overhaul as they attempt to rebuild a contender around the returning Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
It is unlikely that either role player would have been a major part of the team’s long-term plans.
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However, second-round draft picks have notoriously low value. While there are a handful of examples of teams finding stars in the latter rounds, they rarely make a major impact.
Both players have also been quite productive this season. Robinson has averaged 12.9 points per game and 40 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.
Burks, on the other hand, has recorded 16.1 points per game and 37.5 percent from three. One would have hoped that trading both of these players in a package deal would have been enough to land Golden State a late first-round pick.
The return they received was solid. And if the picks end up landing in the early part of the second round, they may yield a good return. The Warriors also have a bundle of second-round selections to use as chips in their rebuild.
However, it is disappointing that Bob Myers and company were unable to find a trade partner willing to part ways with a first=rounder.
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Philadelphia 76ers: A-
On paper, this is a phenomenal move for Philadelphia. The 76ers currently rank 21st in the NBA in three-point percentage and 23rd in threes made per game.
While they boast a lineup with stars like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Al Horford, they have a noticeable lack in overall shooting. This has created spacing issues that have clogged the offense for most of the season.
The addition of Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks will immediately allow the team to find a better offensive balance. This should result in a more dangerous shooting lineup and additional space around the basket for Simmons and Embiid to operate.
The fact that 76ers general manager Elton Brand was able to add two legitimate shooters without giving up any major players of picks should be considered a major victory for the team.