Although Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol still remain with the Magic and Lakers, respectively; that didnâ€™t stop a few teams around the Association from making the 2012 NBA trade deadline full of surprise and intrigue.
This seasonsâ€™ mass exodus simply did not rival the marquee names included from a year ago, but the sheer potential of fantasy beneficiaries may ultimately rank it a spot above when itâ€™s all said and done.
Below is a list of trade deadline winners whose fantasy value instantly increased this week.
Stephen Jackson, San Antonio Spurs SG/SF
If youâ€™re one of the many so-called fantasy gurus who picked up Jackson for the shortened 2011-12 season in the hopes of benefiting from his usual all-around statistical game (except for the low FG% of course) you may finally get what you originally drafted him for.
Jackson returns to San Antonio the place where he won a ring and league-wide recognition for his unprecedented scowl and talented skill-set.
When Jackson is at his best he provides savvy fantasy owners around 1.5 threes, 5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 17-19 points per game.
Now free from the suffocating grasp of Bucksâ€™ Head Coach Scott Skiles, we hope to get the Stephen Jackson of old.
Understandably heâ€™s bound to throw the ball to the other team and chuck it up more than a few times, but with Richard Jefferson now gone in San Antonio, Jackson instantly becomes a must add in all league formats.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors SG
This rookie can play and judging by Golden Stateâ€™s decision to move franchise shooting guard Monta Ellis to Milwaukee this trade season itâ€™s safe to say they see it that way too.
With no Ellis, Steph Curry for the foreseeable future or Stephen Jackson soaking up the Warriorsâ€™ backcourt, Thompson has an opportunity to thrive.
We know he can shoot, but surprisingly heâ€™s turned out to be much more of a playmaker than previously thought.
Against the Celtics this past Wednesday night the 6-7, 205-pound off guard scored a career-best 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field while adding four assists and 3 threes in 40 minutes of playing time.
Since heâ€™s just a rookie, he can only get better with time and experience. Which, ultimately, is the hope in the Bay.
Trevor Booker, Washington Wizards PF
Booker was already in the midst of an impressive second campaign in D.C. when word came that the Wizardsâ€™ inconsistent shot-blocking phenom JaVale McGee had been moved to Denver for Nene Hilario.
Although undersized and not of the prototypical NBA power forward mode, Booker is a guy that fills up the stat sheet if given ample time based on sheer effort and hustle.
He will do a respectable job filling a void on the boards and in the blocked shot department in McGeeâ€™s absence.
Fantasy owners can expect Bookerâ€™s scoring average to rise while his FG% and rebound numbers stay about the same as they are now.
Which is all good news if you happen to be interested in winning those all-important statistical categories.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets PF
Faried is another power forward who stands to immediately benefit from the McGee-Nene trade.
The 6-8, 228-pound energetic rookie is the epitome of heart and hustle and it appears the Nuggets are prepared at this point to give him a lionâ€™s share of the minutes upfront.
Faried is averaging 7.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 0.6 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 20 minutes per game over his last five. However with Nene on the move and frequent injuries to the Nuggetsâ€™ remaining bigs, Faried stands in line to benefit right away.
If anything the Faried-McGee combination makes for one of the more athletic and exciting frontcourt duos anticipated in recent memory.
Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers SG/SF
The Portland Trail Blazers may be the most lop-sided team in the league this season with more than a few options at wing and just one, maybe two, at their other positions.
Running with Crawford, Matthews, Wallace and Batum at the wing this season their lack of balance has been painfully obvious at times.
No more talk of playoffs. With the club losing eight of their last 11 games, Portland has officially ventured into â€śrebuildingâ€ť mode.
The good news is that they may have found another player, along with power forward LaMarcus Aldridge worthy of â€śrebuildingâ€ť around.
Nicolas Batum has put himself in an almost-untouchable scenario in Portland with his stellar all-around ability.
Batum, just 23 years of age, has had some massive showings this season. Against the Nuggets back in early February the lanky 6-8 Frenchmen scored a career-high 33 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field while burying an incredible nine threes.
However, versatility is what sets him apart from his backcourt teammates in Portland.
One of the few wings in the entire league capable of giving owners high steal, block and 3-point field goal numbers, Batum is on the rise.
More so now than ever with Gerald Wallace moving on to the Nets.
Gerald Wallace, New Jersey Nets SF
Speaking of Gerald Wallace, lucky fantasy owners may finally get to see his more typical nightly numbers in Jersey.
The Nets simply donâ€™t have a player the caliber of Wallace on their current roster and with his instinctive ability to do all the little things necessary to win ball games; it makes for the perfect storm in terms of increased and immediate fantasy value.
With no big man to snatch rebounds besides Humphries, no small forward to realistically compete with him for starterâ€™s minutes and ownershipâ€™s single-minded desire to get something out of him in order to bring Deron Williams back, expect Wallaceâ€™s numbers to jump, if not simply based on the increased opportunity alone.
And of course he doesnâ€™t have to fend off Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews or Jamal Crawford anymore.
Nick Young, Los Angeles Clippers SG
Nick Young in a Clippersâ€™ uniform couldnâ€™t come any sooner for all parties involved; you Mr.Fantasy owner extraordinaire, Young himself or those offensively-challenged Los Angeles Clippers.
The L.A. native knocks down almost two (1.8) threes per game while averaging 16.6 points.
His field goal percentage is atrocious; however he shoots 86.2% from the free throw line and gets his fair share of steals when engaged.
Engagement should be no issue with the determined and feisty Chris Paul around. Expect Young to get a bucket load of three point attempts and expect a good percentage of those shots to go down â€“ as he will get a lot more wide-open looks.
The Clippers have needed scoring help since Chauncey Billups went down and Nick Young immediately fills that void. Owners shouldnâ€™t worry about a potential Young-Williams conundrum in the backcourt.
Youngâ€™s size at 6-6 coupled with his underrated ability to make plays and score at the rim allow him to play with almost any Clippersâ€™ combination on the court.
Nate Robinson, Golden State Warriors PG
Once again no Monta due to trade and now, for the foreseeable future, no Steph Curry in Golden State either.
Which means a healthy dose of bravado, steals, points and assists from little Nate Robinson.
Robinson is a guy that, with increased playing time, will always give you some nice fantasy goodies.
On the season he is averaging a mere 21.9 minutes per game, but in that limited time he puts in 10.1 points, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 threes.
However in his last two contests, sans Ellis and Curry, Robinson is scoring 18.5 points, 3.0 steals and 7.0 assists while shooting 52.3% from the field in 33 minutes of action per night.
And guess what?
Ellis wonâ€™t be back this season and Curryâ€™s chances of returning are not looking so good at this point either.
As bad as all that may sound in reality for the Warriors; itâ€™s all good news in the wonderful World of Fantasyâ€¦basketball that is of course.
Ramon Sessions, Los Angeles Lakers PG
This almost seems too easy. The Lakers have been missing speed and youth in the backcourt for who knows how long now and with the acquisition of Sessions from the Cavaliers they finally get that.
But Sessions isnâ€™t just young and fast. He may be one of the most underrated point guards in the game based on his overall skill set.
Playing backup to Rookie of the Year frontrunner Kyrie Irving, Sessions is averaging 10.5 points, 3.1 assists, 5.2 assists and 0.7 steals in just 24.5 minutes per game this season.
Those numbers are impressive enough by themselves. Now you stick him in the starting lineup with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest and, of course, Kobe Bryant and you have the makings of arguably the most savvy trade deadline deal in the league this season.
Sessions goes from dropping dimes to the Cavs second unit guys to pick-and-rolling with Gasol, Bynum and Kobe.
The 6-3, 190-pound point-man is solid at attacking the paint making him almost a perfect match for his new team. With dominant bigs to dump passes off to and Kobe situated on the wing or cutting Sessions numbers should go up significantly across the board.
The big concern will be his low FG%. On the year he is a lowly 39.8% field goal shooter, however ironically he shoots a very respectable 41.9% from three.
And that is something to keep in mind as Sessions will find that on this team most nights he will be option number four or five.
However with an above-average ability to rebound from the point guard position and top-notch scorers all around him, expect big things from one Ramon Sessions with the Lakers.
And lest we forget the Los Angeles moved his only legitimate competition in Derek Fisher, incredibly shipping the 5-time NBA champion to the Houston Rockets just before the deadline.