The day is June 24, 2010 and you're sitting in a crowd of NBA fans for various teams, ALL of which had a better record than your favorite team, the New Jersey Nets. Your Nets had the best chance at receiving the first overall pick in the lottery, but dropped to third. You are disappointed, but optimistic. As the night progresses, the Nets' first selection is as you expected, with them picking Derrick Favors with the third overall pick.
Lets fast forward a bit.
The night ends with the Nets receiving Derrick Favors and trading away draft rights to Jordan Crawford to Atlanta and Tibor Pleiss (who we won't discuss due to his insignificance, and is also on the Thunder) for Damion James. Now, lets fast forward a bit more.
Several preseason games in, we have seen some of what is the rookie class of 2010. In three games, Damion James has averaged 3.3 points, 1 rebound, .7 assists, .7 steals, and 36% shooting. Crawford, on the other hand, has averaged 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, .7 steals, and 48% shooting. The most important stat here, though, is that Crawford has totaled 131:59 of play time, while James has only averaged 21:14, a difference of 110:45.
With these stats in mind, do you still like that the Nets traded away Crawford and Pleiss on the draft day for James? Or do you think Crawford's success is simply a product of superior play time?