The NBA clubs Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards have confirmed the exchange of players in which the new members of the Nuggets became Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, while Monte Morris and Will Barton arrived in the Wizards.
Although in the last season he had the weakest statistics of all four players in this exchange - last season he scored 6.3 points with 3.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds - the most interesting data in this exchange is related to the 34-year-old point guard Ish Smith, to whom the Nuggets are already 13.
club in his NBA career, thus becoming a record holder. Smith, who has been playing in the strongest league in the world since 2010, previously played for Houston, Memphis, Golden State, Orlando, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Detroit, Washington and Charlotte.
The other three players were much more important to their teams last season. Thus, Morris (27) averaged 12.6 points with 4.4 assists and 3 rebounds, while Barton (31) averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Nuggets, and Caldwell-Pope (29) averaged 13.2 points with 3.4 rebounds for the Wizards.
Smith has an unwavering dedication to basketball
Smith not only contributes to his team's success, but he also has an unwavering dedication to basketball. Even when losing, he told NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes in April, his love for the game has never abated.
“It's a game. You've gotta keep everything in perspective...When we step out on the floor, I thank the Lord every day, honestly, that we get an opportunity to play this game,” Smith said. Smith, entering his 13th pro season out of Wake Forest University, is now a part of an appealing situation in the Mile High City.
He’ll get to play alongside defending two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic on a Nuggets squad that’ll vie for a title next season. For a guy who’s played for 43% of the organizations in the NBA, that’s about as good a situation as you can get.