Amico On Thunder, Burks, Varejao, Fisher

At the quarter-mark of the year, Sam Amico of offers up his rookie review.  The Blazers' Damian Lillard is proving that big talent can come out of small schools and figures to be a top candidate for the Rookie Of The Year award.  Fourth-overall pick Dion Waiters has been streaky from the outside but has been extremely impressive at times for the Cavaliers.  Not every rookie is off to a hot start, however, as Thomas Robinson of the Kings is struggling along with the rest of his team.  More from today's column..

  • The Thunder are loaded with young players that aren't getting a ton of burn and are also loaded with draft picks, making them very attractive trade partners.  However, Sam Presti & Co. have no interest in making a trade at this time since the team is playing well, according to a team source.  Oklahoma City is tied with the Spurs for the second-best record in the West (14-4) as they get set to face the Nets (11-5) tomorrow night.
  • If the Jazz placed Alec Burks on the trading block, it seems he’s played his way off of it.  Utah's injuries have given the second-year shooting guard increased minutes and he has made the most of them.  Burks was said to be available in a trade roughly two weeks ago.
  • Despite the insistence of some that the Cavaliers should trade center Anderson Varejao while his value his high, it's not likely that Cleveland will move him.  The big man is off to a career start, but non-contenders with assets don’t want to trade them at this point and most contenders don’t have the assets – save for the aforementioned Thunder.  More than 70% of Hoops Rumors readers said yesterday that the Cavs should trade Varejao.
  • Veteran guard Derek Fisher made a positive impression in his Mavericks debut over the weekend. “Fisher solidifies the (second) unit, he keeps us tight and he’s a proven veteran,” said forward Elton Brand.

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