Good Moon Rising in South Beach
Tonight’s Raptors vs Heat match-up marks the occasion of Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon’s first return to Toronto, since the deadline deal last month. While some [many?] NBA analysts chose to focus on the contribution’s principals like JO & Shawn Marion could possibly make to their new teams, according to these eyes, neither of these two players were IN FACT the key component to this specific transaction for either team.
The KEY COMPONENT in this specific trade was Jamario Moon.
The FACTS IS … this trade never happens AT ALL, if Jamario Moon is NOT included in the package, from the Heat’s point of view.
Is Jamario Moon some sort of All-Star player with a high degree of significance to his individual game?
Not by a long shot.
If you look at Moon’s individual Game Log this season you should be able to see for yourself just how well he’s played from a purely “Game Stat” perspective, and will note:
a. How well Miami has played in their games where they’ve given Jamario more than 04:59 of PT [i.e. 4-3/.571, which is actually an improvement on their overall W-L rec'd];
b. That the losses to Atlanta and Orlando have been on the road; and,
c. That their loss to Cleveland is recognized as an anomolous occurence in the NBA where a good team [32-28/.533] coughs up a gargantuan lead at home [i.e. ahead by 15 pts or so with under 5 minutes to play, I think] by failing to make a single shot in those last 5 minutes, despite playing well enough to win for the first 43.
The FACT IS … Jamario Moon is a highly serviceable [and, as a result, extremely valuable] NBA player who is versatile enough to play four  positions, in an adequate way, and is an exceptionally cost-effective investment for his team.
[i.e. the exact kind of multi-dimensional Wing Player who is NEEDED by the Raptors RIGHT NOW, to go with a #4/PF like Shawn Marion; and, a very useful running mate for a dynamo like Miami's Dwyane Wade]
Whether most Raptors fans acknowledge THIS or not is irrelevant.
Those who do not are simply WRONG.