The 2015 NBA Trade Deadline was the most active deadline in league history. A whopping 37 players were moved on Thursday, the most in league history on a deadline day.
Among the most noteworthy moves: the Miami Heat acquiring Goran Dragic, the Phoenix Suns acquiring Brandon Knight and the Minnesota Timberwolves bringing back team legend Kevin Garnett.
However, neither of those teams made the best move of the day. That honor will go to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder were involved in a three-team deal with the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons that saw them ship out Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, the rights to Tibor Pleiss along with a protected 2017 first-round pick and bring in Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler and a 2019 second-round pick.
Those might not qualify as flashy pickups for the Thunder, but they do make Oklahoma City a better team.
Basically in giving up Reggie Jackson, who made it clear he wasn’t happy in Oklahoma City, a first-round pick and a bunch of junk, the Thunder were able to add a solid young big in Kanter, a decent replacement for Jackson in Augustin and two additional bench shooters in Singler and Novak.
That’s quite the coup for Jackson, especially considering he was going to leave Oklahoma City in free agency after the season anyway.
The Thunder were already going to be a dangerous team in the Western Conference, but this added depth only makes them that much more of a problem.
It seems likely that the Thunder will enter the postseason as the No. 8 seed in the West and face the Golden State Warriors in the first round. Given how formidable the Thunder are, that certainly would be a terrible reward for the Warriors earning the No. 1 seed.