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Are Deadline Deals Usually Duds?

A look at what the last 14 NBA Champions did at the trade deadline

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USA Today Sports in one of their The Lighter Side segments asks a good question:  What did eventual NBA champions do at the trade deadline? The answer can be summarized succinctly:  Nothing or not much.

In 8 of the last 14 years the eventual NBA champion did nothing at all at the trade deadline.  In 5 of the years they made trades that did not seem to make much of an impact, for example:

Los Angeles Lakers (2009): Los Angeles Lakers traded center Chris Mihm to Memphis for a 2013 second-round pick.

In only one year in the last 14 years did a deadline trade make an obvious difference to an eventual NBA Champion:

Detroit Pistons (2004): Detroit traded guard Bob Sura, center Zeljko Rebraca and a 2004 first-round pick to Atlanta and guards Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter and a 2004 first-round pick to Boston for guard Mike James and forward Rasheed Wallace.

It seems likely that 2015 will be an exception, especially in the Western Conference, since 8.4% of all NBA players were traded which made for the biggest trade deadline in NBA history, but we'll have to wait and find out, won't we?