Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Allen Iverson to Denver

Probably my first thought when I heard that Allen Iverson had been traded to Denver where he will (eventually) team with Carmelo Anthony was to remember back to a few years ago when Guns and Roses went on tour with Aerosmith. That tour was the original “toxic twins” (Steven Tyler and Joe Perry) with the new wannabe “toxic twins” (Axel Rose and Slash). This trade of Iverson to Denver made me think of the original “thug life” now being partnered with the new wannabe “thug life.”

From a basketball talent standpoint – I think this is a win for the Nuggets both short-term and long-term.

The 76ers basically acquired a good point guard (Andre Miller), cap space (Joe Smith) and two first round picks. The question has to be asked - how comfortable do Philly fans feel with Billy Kings making the picks? Here are the last six players taken by the 76ers in the first round of the draft - Thabo Sefolosha, Louis Williams, Andre Iguodala, Paccelis Morende, Jiri Welsch and Sam Clancy. Only Louis Williams and Iguodala are still on the roster.

The Nuggets now have a team that can now really run with the Suns and they now have two perimeter guys who can drive and get the big guys from Houston or San Antonio in foul trouble. The trade gives them a real shot for the next couple of years to do some damage. As far as long-term – the Nuggets already have a pretty deep roster full of young players. They can afford to lose the two draft picks this year. Of course Iverson and Anthony may just turn out to be literal toxic twins but that could be very entertaining too.

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