Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

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Everyone now knows Kevin Love is headed to Cleverland Cavaliers,which means another dominant Big-Three is finishing shaping and will perhaps become another one of the best trades of all time.Talking about the most successful trades in NBA history,let's check out the top 10 list.

10. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to Boston Celtics in 2007

Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

The Boston Celtics had not won a championship since 1986 and GM Danny Ainge desperately wanted to bring in a big change. So, in 2007 the Celtics exchanged Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Sebastian Telfair, and Theo Ratliff’s expiring contract for the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett. That same night of Draft Pick, the Celtics traded Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak, and the 5th pick (Jeff Green) to the Seattle SuperSonics for Ray Allen and Glen Davis. The two trades paid immediate dividends for the Boston Celtics,bringing back long lost championship during Garnett and Allen’s first year in green.

9. Dennis Rodman to Chicago Bulls in 1995

Dennis Rodman - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

Even San Antonio Spurs could not handle the personality of Dennis Rodman. In 1995, the Spurs traded away the 34-year-old power forward to the Chicago Bulls for Will Purdue and some cash. For the next three years, the Chicago Bulls won championships in a row. Rodman also continued his defending rebounding title for seven consecutive years. From ’95-’97, Rodman grabbed a whopping, 14.9, 16.1, and 15.0 rebounds per game for the Chicago Bulls.

8. Dirk Nowitzki to Dallas Marvericks in 1998

Dirk Nowitzki - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

The Milwaukee Bucks drafted an unknown 7-foot German named Dirk Nowitzki with the 9th pick of the 1998 draft. The Bucks then packaged Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity to the Dallas Mavericks for Robert “Tractor” Traylor,not knowing how much they lost. Then Nowitzki went on to become the best shooting 7-footer in NBA history. He has also led the Mavs to the playoffs twelve years in a row and even won a NBA Championship without the help of another big name in 2011. It has been nearly sixteen years since Dirk was drafted in 1998 and he is still with the same team that traded for him – the Dallas Mavericks.

7. LeBron James to Miami Heat in 2010

Lebron James - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

LeBron James signed a 6-year deal which worth $110 million with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010. What most people may not realize is that this was not a free agent signing, but a sign-and-trade with Cleveland Cavaliers. Rather than losing King James for nothing, the Cavs made a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat. Since “The Decision,” the Cavs have not been to the playoffs and continue to remain the title of most depressed city in all of America, while the Heat have gone on to appear in the Finals three consecutive years in a row and have won two of them.

6. Robert Parish and Kevin McHale to Boston Celtics in 1980

Robert Parish and Kevin McHale - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

In 1980, the Golden State Warriors traded Robert Parish and the 3rd pick in the 1980 draft to the Boston Celtics for the 1st and 13th picks in the 1980 draft. The Warriors ended up taking Joe Barry Carroll with the 1st pick and Rickey Brown with the 13th pick, while the Boston Celtics took Kevin McHale with the 3rd pick. This gave Red Auerbach his dream combo of power forward and center for the next decade. Coupled with Larry Bird, the Boston Celtics had one of the best front courts in NBA history, winning three NBA championships together in ’81, ’84, and ’86.

5. Scottie Pippen to Chicago Bulls in 1987

Scottie Pippen - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

Big time NBA players do not come out of the University of Central Arkansas, so when the Seattle Supersonics had the opportunity to trade Scottie Pippen for a known commodity – Olden Polynice – they did not hesitate to pull the trigger on a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Polynice went on to average 7.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg, while Pippen was nominated as one of the top 50 players of all time, went on to win six NBA titles, and may be the best defending small forward of all-time. Olden Polynice was a solid big man in his own right, but when you juxtapose him next to Scottie Pippen, the Chicago Bulls were the clear cut winner in this trade.

4. Wilt Chamberlain to Los Angel Lakers in 1968

Wilt Chamberlain - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

In 1968, the Philadelphia 76ers sent their 3-time MVP to the Los Angeles Lakers, despite helping them winning a title the previous year. In ’67, Chamberlain averaged 24.3 points per game, 23.8 rebounds per game, and 8.6 assists per game, yet the 76ers chose to trade the most dominant big man of his era to the West. In 1968, Chamberlain won his 4th MVP and in 1972, he helped the Lakers win a championship over the New York Knicks. Players that score 100 points in a single game should never be traded and it is for that reason this remains one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history.

3. Kobe Bryant to Los Angel Lakers in 1996

Kobe Bryant - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

Vlade Divac quickly became a fan favorite during the Magic Johnson era. When Divac first entered the league, he could barely speak English, but Divac quickly paved the way for other international players to adjust to American culture and the American game.

However, the Los Angeles Lakers were in the midst of a transition era with the Showtime Lakers dynasty coming to an end. Therefore, GM Jerry West traded their finesse big man to the Charlotte Hornets for a high school kid out of Philadelphia who grew up in another country himself. Kobe Bryant may not be on everyone’s NBA Mt. Rushmore, but he still stands as the closest comparison to Michael Jordan. Bryant has won five rings and is still on the same team that traded for him in 1996.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Los Angel Lakers in 1975

Kareem Abdul Jabbar - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

The Milwaukee Bucks traded away a player that still holds the record for the most points in NBA history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was traded by the Milwuakee Bucks to the Los Angel Lakers for Brian Winters, Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman, and Dave Meyers in 1975 after six years with the Bucks. Kareem went on to play another fifteen years with the Lakers where he helped lead the Showtime Lakers to five more NBA Championships and became the MVP with the Lakers three different times (’76, ’77, and ’80). Kareem’s scoring record still stands at 38,387 points, a record that may never be broken.

1. Bill Russell to Boston Celtics in 1956

Bill Russell - Top 10 Best Trades in NBA History

The Boston Celtics traded Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks for the 2nd pick (Bill Russell) in the 1956 draft because the Hawks did not have enough money to sign him. Russell went on to win the MVP award five times with the Boston Celtics and a remarkable eleven NBA Championships during his illustrious 13-year career (’57, ’59-66, ’68-69). The stats speak for themselves. Today, there is no NBA team in St. Louis and the Boston Celtics remain one of the most prestigious franchises in all kinds of sports.


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