The Bobcats Add Some Crazy

Stephen Jackson got an early Christmas gift and was finally traded. What could go wrong?

After weeks of trying to move disgruntled swingman Stephen Jackson, the Golden State Warriors sent their “captain” and point guard Acie Law to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic on Monday.

Leaving the Warriors never really helps anyone’s fantasy value. Although Jackson was unhappy with Golden State, he’s never averaged more than 18.7 points or 3.8 assists anywhere else. If you drafted him based on his numbers from the last two seasons, he’s unlikely to meet those expectations.

With Golden State, Jackson was used as a hybrid point guard/shooting guard/small forward for a team that loves to run and shoot in bunches. Charlotte plays a much more deliberate pace under coach Larry Brown and averages less than 93 points per game in the past two seasons.

Jackson will help the team’s offensive numbers, but there are less shots for him to share with the likes of Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace, D.J. Augustin and Boris Diaw. He will still be an impact fantasy player, but he’s probably no longer worth the fifth-round price you may have paid.

Expect Jackson to finish near his career per minute numbers of 17 points, 1.5 3-pointers, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Those are fine, but a notch below the 18.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals that were projected prior to the season.

If you can unload Jackson on someone who thinks this move will resurrect his value and can get a Top 50 player in return, it would be a smart move. He had 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting, nine rebounds and two assists in 45 minutes in his Charlotte debut on Monday.

Of course, the other aspect of the move is that Jackson is not likely to be very happy on a mediocre-or-worse Charlotte team with a coach who does not always have the best relationships with his players.

As for Bell, it’s going to be a wait and see situation. On one hand, Bell’s entire fantasy value lies in 3-pointers and he’s gone to a team that loves to shoot threes. On the other hand, his defensive-minded style may not be suited for Golden State up-tempo pace and he’ll be competing with Monta Ellis, rookie Stephen Curry and Corey Maggette for minutes.

It’s going to take a couple of weeks to see how Bell’s role evolves with the Warriors, but for a player who was pegged as a 14th-rounder in the preseason projections, there are better options available.

Filling out the trade were veteran shooter Radmanovic, who may average between one and two 3-pointers per game with Golden State, even if he gets limited minutes. But he doesn’t being much else to the table and is waiver wire fodder for those who are (REALLY) desperate for 3-pointers.

Law was a promising draft pick for the Atlanta Hawks two seasons ago and got only limited opportunities in two seasons. Traded to the Warriors in the offseason for Jamal Crawford, he’s already been shipped out after playing just five games.

Law has shown some ability in his brief playing time, averaging 5.5 assists and 1.1 steals per 36 minutes in 116 career games. But he won’t make a fantasy impact playing behind Felton, Augustin and Flip Murray unless an injury thrusts him into a more prominent role.


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