Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell battle for the rebound against Giannis Antetokounmpo Bax.
As the NBA trade deadline approaches, teams are using the final days to listen to serious offers from almost every player in the league. One of those teams is the Brooklyn Nets. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Norman Powell of the Toronto Raptors is a player they are looking to make a deal for.
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Powell gets better every year
Powell spent his entire six-year career in Toronto. For 2019, he delivered mediocre numbers, averaging no more than 10 points per game.
But after superstar Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, many players, including Powell, understood the call to action and scored 16 points per game with 49 percent shooting from the field.
The Raptors’ starting offensive lineman is averaging 19.5 points per game this year, and if he continues his spectacular play, he could have a 50-40-90 season.
Netsmust give up Dinwiddie to get Powell.
Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a partial ACL injury in his third game of the season.
After Dinwiddie underwent reconstructive surgery on a partially torn ACL, it was decided that he could be out for the rest of the season. Although reports and videos suggest the six-year veteran could return this year, coach Steve Nash has made it clear he doesn’t want to rush things.
We all know [Dinwiddie] is a hard worker, he’s incredibly strong and he recovers quickly, Nash said before the Nets’ game against the Warriors last month, via Nets Wire.
But at the same time, with Kevin having extra months to get used to the game, if [Dinwiddie] had come back this year, he wouldn’t have had it. There is always a balance. Steps must always be taken. And the top priority for me is that he is fully rested and healthy, and I hope that is a byproduct of his rehab.
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Dinwiddie and Powell had similarpaths
Powell and Dinwiddie were both drafted in 2014.
Dinwiddie began his career with the Detroit Pistons where, like Powell, he had a small role and thus didn’t produce much. Still, his transfer to Brooklyn brought high expectations and contributions far greater than his role with the Pistons. At the time, as a sophomore, he was averaging nearly 13 net points per game and a career-high 6.6 assists per game.
Unlike Dinwiddie, Norman Powell was on the 2019 finals-winning team and stayed long into the postseason. And while both are technically defenders, the Raptors’ SGs have the ability to play forward a bit and make stops on the defensive end.
Powell’s arrival could be a big boost for a Nets team that has already reached the NBA Finals.
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