Best and Worst New Addition at Every NBA Position
The time allotted for roster transactions prior to the start of the NBA season was restricted to just before the draft and post-lockout, yet there was no shortage of activity.
With a third of the compacted season in the books, the grace period has officially ended and organizations are becoming privy to what their newest members bring to the table.
While a number of players are thriving in their new environment, others have failed miserably; for every success story currently in the works, there is an equally significant season to forget being played out somewhere else.
Best Addition at Point Guard: Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers)
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Under Chris Paul's direction, the Los Angeles Clippers are currently holding the second seed in the Western Conference. Not bad for a team that went 32-50 just a year ago, is it?
Paul is not-so-quietly having one of the best seasons of his career, averaging 19.2 points, 9.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game, while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Blake Griffin has been great for the Clippers, but the team would be nowhere near as successful without Paul. His two-way awareness has propelled Los Angeles to relevancy and has them looking like potential title contenders barely a month into the season.
Case and point, the best point guard in the NBA has the Clippers looking like one of the best teams in the NBA.
Worst Addition at Point Guard: Mike Bibby (New York Knicks)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
After relieving themselves of Chauncey Billups in favor of Tyson Chandler, the New York Knicks looked to Mike Bibby to bring veteran leadership to a vacant point guard position. To date, he has done anything but rise to the occasion.
Bibby has started only one game this season, and is averaging 3.5 points and 1.7 assists in over 14 minutes of action per game. When on the floor, he has been absolutely ineffective, allowing Carmelo Anthony to handle the point guard duties instead of himself.
The Knicks thought Bibby would be able to balance out their star-laden offense. They were wrong.
Best Addition at Shooting Guard: Richard Hamilton (Chicago Bulls)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Richard Hamilton has struggled to stay healthy early on, but when in the game, he has turned a weak spot into a strong suit for the Chicago Bulls.
Hamilton is averaging 14.2 points and 3.6 assists per game, while shooting over 45 percent from the field. The shooting guard is also putting forth an effort on the defensive end that has the Detroit Pistons scratching their heads.
Chicago brought Hamilton in to put points on the board, and put points on the board he has. His improved defense is merely a bonus.
Worst Addition at Shooting Guard: Stephen Jackson (Milwaukee Bucks)
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Stephen Jackson's short tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks has proved to be extremely eventful, but shockingly uneventful at the same time.
Jackson's antics have made headlines, but so has his ineffectiveness. In the Bucks win over the Miami Heat, the small forward played just nine minutes, a staggering number considering he was brought in to help elevate Milwaukee's offense to the next level.
However, he has proven to do just the contrary. Even without Andrew Bogut, the Bucks are a better team with Jackson the bench. His presence disrupts the flow of Milwaukee's offense; when Jackson is on the floor, the ball stops moving and forced shots are being taken in a desperate attempt to beat the shot clock.
The Bucks believed that Jackson would provide them with some much-needed instant offense. Instead, he has proven to be nothing more than a bona fide migraine.
Best Addition at Small Forward: Caron Butler (Los Angeles Clippers)
Caron Butler's lingering back problems have failed to keep him off the hardwood for an extended period of time, as the small forward continues to thrive in the newly-constructed Los Angeles Clippers offense.
Butler is averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in over 33 minutes of burn per game. He is knocking down 36 percent of his three-point attempts and 44.4 percent of his shots overall.
The Clippers are still becoming accustomed to one another's play style, but Butler has been in sync with Chris Paul since the season opened. He has moved magnificently off the ball, which has allowed him to capitalize off of Paul's impeccable court vision.
Los Angeles' offseason culminated in the acquisition of Paul, but Butler's addition has proven to be just as significant.
Worst Addition at Small Forward: Josh Howard (Utah Jazz)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
The Utah Jazz took a chance on Josh Howard, hoping he would find a way to return to form even somewhat, but he hasn't.
Howard is averaging 9.3 points on an abysmal 39.3 percent shooting from the field, to go along with 3.1 rebounds a night. His three-point shooting has been abysmal and ball protection has become a serious issue.
Once known for his hounding defense, Howard has developed into a non-factor at that end of the ball and has proven to be nearly incapable on the glass as well.
Howard's athleticism continues to fade, and at this point, it has become quite clear the 31-year-old will never re-emerge as even a shell of the impact player he once was.
Howard's one-year deal came without risk, but it also came without a reward.
Best Addition at Power Forward: Brandon Bass (Boston Celtics)
Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images
Brandon Bass is having the best season of his career and has helped the Boston Celtics keep their head above water in Rajon Rondo's absence.
Bass is averaging 12 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, providing a potent level of energy off the bench that Glen "Big Baby" Davis could have never matched. He has developed into an aggressive low-post scorer and boasts a much-improved defensive mentality as well.
The Celtics do not have a lot going in terms of effective and youthful assets, but like Rondo, Bass is has proven to be an exception.
Worst Addition at Power Forward: Glen Davis (Orlando Magic)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Speaking of Glen "Big Baby" Davis, his presence has only hurt the Orlando Magic's chances at retaining Dwight Howard.
After inking a four-year, $26 million contract in a sign-and-trade deal, Davis' performance has been underwhelming. He is averaging 7.3 points and five rebounds in over 22 minutes per game, while only knocking down 36.5 percent of his shot attempts as well.
With the Celtics, Davis was a formidable role player who could overpower his a defender on the inside or burn them with his mid-range abilities. Such attributes haven't surfaced in Orlando though, as the Magic once again appear to have an overpriced and underperforming athlete on their hands.
Some things never change.
Best Addition at Center: Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks)
Al Bello/Getty Images
Tyson Chandler's contract is one of numerous bloated deals the New York Knicks are in charge of, yet he remains the only one earning his paycheck on a nightly basis.
For the season, Chandler is averaging a double-double, with 11 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. His defensive prowess has proved invaluable to the Knicks' evolution on that end of the ball, and he plays with an Amar'e Stoudemire-of-last-season type of inspiring fire.
Despite New York's continued dip in the standings, Chandler's stock has never been higher. He's the same rebounding and shot-blocking fiend he has always been, yet there's an edge to his attitude that implies better days are on the horizon for his Knicks.
And that's something all of New York can endorse.
Worst Addition at Center: Kwame Brown (Golden State Warriors)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
In desperate need of shoring up the middle, the Golden State Warriors placed their faith in the perpetually disappointing Kwame Brown.
Golden State is now paying the price.
Not only is Brown sidelined for potentially the rest of the season, but the Warriors owe him $7 million for his lack of services. It's only a one-year deal, but it's one that adds another failed big man acquisition to the Warriors' docket (see Andris Biedrins).
Despite Brown's improved rebounding out the gate, he was never going to live up to his contract, just like he's never lived up to the lofty expectations set for him more than a decade ago.
Brown has been a bust for every team he's played on, and Golden State has proven to be no different.