NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
The New York Giants continued their firesale on Wednesday, trading defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to the Detroit Lions for a future fifth-round pick, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapport. The deal comes a day after the Giants traded cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints.
An All-Pro in 2016, Harrison gives the Lions’ rush defense—which ranks 30th in the NFL, allowing 139.3 yards per game—much needed-assistance. Gashed for a league-high 5.3 yards-per-carry this season, the Lions needed an upgrade at the position to address their weakness up the middle.
Harrison, a seven-year undrafted veteran who spent the first four seasons of his career with the New York Jets, is one of the best interior run-stoppers in the league. Pro Football Focus currently ranks Harrison as the fourth-best defender against the rush for 2018. He has 31 tackles and one forced fumble this season.
The Lions have won three of their past four games since their 0-2 start and the addition of Harrison makes them a real threat to win a wide-open NFC North, which the Minnesota Vikings (4-2-1) currently lead.
The 29-year-old Harrison is in the third year of a five-year, $46.25 million contract he signed in 2016. For the 1-6 Giants, the move opens up $8 million in salary cap for next season. General manager Dave Gettleman has his eyes on the future for a team that has underachieved for the second straight year. The Giants are tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the worst record in the NFL, a season after finishing with the league’s second-worst record.