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NBA Lines – Cleveland Cavaliers Trade J.J. Hickson

Posted by Ashley Carmichael on 7/19/2011 9:52:55 AM

The Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers finalized a trade involving Omri Casspi and J.J. Hickson.


2010-2011 Season
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. NBA: 19-63
Sacramento Kings vs. NBA: 24-58

NorthBet Numbers: Cleveland Cavaliers were 36-44-2 ATS this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers recently traded their starting NBA lines power forward J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings in return for Omri Casspi and a future first round draft pick.

Though a promising player with undoubted skill (he averaged 13 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season), it was Hickson’s frustrating inconsistency and his seemingly lack of effort/intensity that led his team to trade him.

Cleveland had been planning on trading him away for quite some time now, but they could finally afford to let go of a power forward, having selected one – Tristan Thompson –fourth overall in the 2010 NBA lines draft.

The Cavaliers had an abundance of power forwards when they drafted Thompson in Antawn Jamison, Samardo Samuels, and Hickson; though, with only one year remaining on his contract, it was Hickson that they decided to let go. J.J. Hickson was one of the promising young stars of the NBA, having been drafted late in the first round by Cleveland in 2008. However, despite all of his hype, he has still yet to perform better than the average power forward after three career seasons. And there is no guarantee Hickson will ever reach his potential or live up to the standards that Cleveland had for him.

Living in the present, the Cavaliers are happy to have acquired Omri Casspi, who plays a more aggressive game with an edge. Although the 6’9” small forward did average 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last NBA lines season in Sacramento, he was playing second fiddle to 30-year-old Francisco Garcia. The sophomore has proved he can shoot, making 37.2 percent of his three-pointers and 47 percent of his three-point tries from the corner.

Not only did Garcia overshadow him, but also he was also not able to flourish as quickly as hoped, seeing his court time stunted by other young guns like DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson.

Both Casspi and Hickson are two young NBA lines players with undoubted skill, and this trade and change of scenery just might the push they need to come out of their shells.

Look out for Omri Casspi to improve on last season’s numbers with some increased court time in Cleveland; and for Hickson to continue to improve on his stats, as he has been for the past three seasons.

Messina Mention: Casspi became the first ever Israeli to play in the NBA when he was drafted 23rd overall by Sacramento in 2009.

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