Monday , Jan , 07 , 2008 Oly Sandor

One Year Later, Who Won Allen Iverson Trade: Philadelphia 76ers or Denver Nuggets?

Judging trades can be tricky. Too often, we rush to determine who won and lost right after it happened. With future considerations, draft picks, and cap space, taking a long-term approach is more prudent. Time is usually needed to determine the real winner. Is 384 days enough time? I ask because on December 20, 2006, the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets exchanged an answer. Remember, the Iverson trade?

One Year Later, Who Won Allen Iverson Trade: Philadelphia 76ers or Denver Nuggets?My Very Quick Take: Judging trades can be tricky. We try to determine the winner and loser right after the trade happens.

With future considerations, draft picks, and cap space, taking a long-term approach is much more prudent. Time is usually needed to determine the real winner.

Is 384 days enough time? I ask because on December 20, 2006, the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets exchanged an answer. Remember, the Iverson trade?

Last night, these teams met for the second time since the infamous blockbuster. The Nuggets won 109-96. Iverson went off for 38 points and 8 assists.

Who won this trade? One year later, let’s take another look.

Philadelphia Received:

  • Andre Miller, Joe Smith, and a pair of first round draft picks (Jason Smith, 2007).                   

Denver Received:

  • Allen Iverson and Ivan McFarlin.

Winner (one year later): Denver.

Why: Both teams did well with this deal. The 76ers had to move Iverson; Andre Miller has solidified their point guard spot with his fine decision-making. However, Miller could soon be moved, which would add another twist to this saga. And Philadelphia still has another first round draft pick to use.

Iverson has made the greater impact. He’s teamed with Carmelo Anthony and Marcus Camby to give the Nuggets a mile-high version of The Big Three. With Iverson in the mix, Denver has become a dangerous team. 

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