If a franchise wants to trade for a good player in the NBA, it’s not shocking that sometimes you need to give up some fine talent.
The Phoenix Suns put themselves in good shape with the recent trade that included acquiring Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler. But the deal also involved Suns’ guard Jared Dudley leaving Phoenix for the Los Angeles Clippers. Dudley is one of those players who is highly popular with the fans and his teammates, and also puts a good show on the court. He had one of the better seasons of his career for 2012-13 when he averaged 27.5 minutes, 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game, while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent in three-pointers and 79.6 percent from the free-throw line.
For his career, Dudley has been averaging 9.0 points, 1.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Although Dudley has expressed his satisfaction staying with the Suns franchise, it’s an excellent trade for him, going from a team that has been struggling in past seasons to a Clippers squad that should contend for an NBA title next season.
The Suns will miss Dudley’s court intelligence and his strong two-way game. His defense at times is superior to his offense, but he was strong in both ways. He works hard at his game and his numbers have continually improved for the Suns.
The Clippers are hopeful that Dudley will be effective in bringing together all the various talented players on the floor for Los Angeles into one well-drilled unit that will prove to be unstoppable by any team, especially in the playoffs.