Of all the talk about the Magic trading Dwight Howard because of his impending free agency, why doesn’t the Magic preempt any possible destinations for Dwight Howard and trade a player of their own? The player would be Jameer Nelson. Jameer Nelson has never been a complementary player to Dwight Howard. Many times Nelson has disappeared at crucial parts of the season for the Magic in recent years although he recovers and has played well, lead them well as their starting point guard. Nelson has a career assist average per game of 4.9 and an assist to turnover ratio of 2 to 1. He has only finished the season once averaging over six assists per game once (last season 6.0 apg). The Magic front office should have improved the point guard position rather than making trades last year for Hedo Turkgolu, Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson.
Nelson though is a different player come the postseason averaging more points (14.9 to 12.5) and minutes (32.5 to 28.0). Still his assist totals aren’t worthy of a Championship caliber point guard. Perhaps any trade value for Nelson should come from his in-game experience over his years as a starter and his playoff contributions. He could backup a starting point guard on a winning team and ‘spot-start’ or he could be the starter on a young, hungry team trying to make the playoffs. Nelson hasn’t been mentioned in any trade talk but after watching the Magic in their first preseason game versus Miami–they have offense with Howard and three point shooters (Anderson, Turkgolu, J. Richardson, Q. Richardson) but ‘bigs’ and better point guard play seem more of a priority.