Now that the dust has settled after Thursday’s trade deadline, the outlook of the Detroit Pistons and the rest of the Central Division has shifted just barely. Three of the teams did nothing, while the others look drastically different.
Trade Deadline Day always has the potential to be a shocking few hours. Few teams were as mobile as the Detroit Pistons, who moved their star center, Andre Drummond to another team in the Central, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The move took place at 2:15 ET–nothing like waiting for the last minute. Inter-divisional trades are somewhat uncommon, but the Pistons and Cavs accomplished one. They turned out to be the only two teams in the Central active at the deadline.
Below is a list of the current standing of the division, how any trades (or lack thereof) affected their future, along with that team’s projected finish in the conference, per the models at FiveThirtyEight.
The Bucks are one of those teams who did nothing at the trade deadline, which is of little surprise to anyone. Currently holding the best record in the league by far (45-7), the Bucks are a perfect example of not tampering with what’s working.
They accomplished what they needed to back in July, trading Malcolm Brogdon to free up space and retain Brook Lopez. Top to bottom, their starting five is tough to improve, and of course, it does not hurt having the best player in the league in Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Grasping at straws, the only potential upgrade at starter would be an aging shooting guard, Wesley Matthews. At $2.5 million, however, the Bucks are not going to get a better deal than that. No, the Bucks did the right thing: they did not budge.