May: Is This The Year a Deadline Trade Will Impact Championship?

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nadaSome time this June, the NBA will crown a champion for the 2013-14 season. The odds tell us that the champion will have done little to nothing the previous February at the trading deadline.

NBA enthusiasts, zealots and, yes, writers obsess and go into circuit overload in the third week of February – this coming week, in case you weren’t paying attention. But if history is any guide, the chances are remote that a team will make a trade which it can later point to as a reason for winning the championship that season.

The last team that can do that? The 2004 Detroit Pistons.

Bernucca: Why are Warriors the NBA’s biggest surprise?

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The best team flying under the radar has two rookies in its starting lineup. But it’s not the Charlotte Bobcats.

It is missing its oft-injured big man. But it’s not the Philadelphia 76ers.

It has All-Star candidates at point guard and power forward. But it’s not the Los Angeles Clippers.

It is an original NBA franchise that has not won a title since the 1970s. But it’s not the New York Knicks.

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The Bernucca List – Edition 16

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Last week’s winner was Brendan Hoover, who correctly identified The Bernucca List as “active second-round picks who have made an All-Star team.”

Brendan answered correctly within 10 minutes of the post in the middle of a weekday morning, which makes one wonder what his PER is at his job.

That can be explored at another time. We have a new list below, which has three common denominators.

First entirely correct answer gets a mention next week. You can answer in the comments section or send me a Tweet.

The Bernucca List

Mark Aguirre
Carmelo Anthony
Larry Bird
World B. Free
Billy Knight
Karl Malone
Moses Malone
Jerry Stackhouse
Peja Stojakovic
David Thompson
Kiki Vandeweghe