A BIG WHAT IF IN HISTORY.....1998 TRADE
What if Toronto and Golden State never made that trade
Antwan Jamison for Vince Carter on Draft Day? Here's my take....
Toronto would have been a even better team. At the time they had Chancey Billups, Tracy McGrady, Doug Christie, Marcus Camby and Damon Stoudemire. They probably still do the Stoudemire deal and are a lotto team in 99, still do the Doug Christie deal but probably not the Camby deal because Jamison would have helped Camby down low thus increasing Camby's chances of staying healthy. They also would have remained in the top 5 of the lotto in 1999 but instead of taking a big, you look at Richard Hamilton or Ron Artest.
Toronto would have had a line up of
Billups, Hamilton, McGrady, Jamison, Camby ( Starters)
John Wallace, Alvin Williams, Charles Oakley ( Main Subs)
Lets move on to Golden State...
Golden State would have Vince Carter, Jimmy Jackson and LaTrell Spreewell? Woof. Looking at Carter's rookie season ( ROY year), Spreewell and Jackson would have been moved for players/ picks. WIth Joe Smith having his 2nd of 2 good seasons and Donyell Marshall who had a 15ppg, 8rpg season in 97. GS would have went for a PG and a C. With no pick in 1999 draft- They would have traded to get a pick who needed a guard ( Say Spreewell to MIN for the 14th pick in the 99 draft) and add a tough guy oppsite way Carter plays ( Soft) with a tough guy named? Ron Artest.
What do you think?
I think you are thinking too hard about this because then a lot of "What If" questions are used...
Chauncey wasn't the Player we now know back then, but I agree Toronto would've been pretty good, but no guarantee Mac doesn't still leave for Orlando. Still, Doug Christie as a Wing Defender with a Rebounding Big like Camby in the Middle who can block shots and a Go To Guy in McGrady with a 4 who can sprea the floor. Pretty freaking good team. Intersting.
there are to many "what ifs" in both scenarios