NBA Power Rankings: Who Needs the Most Help During the Offseason?
The NBA offseason is the perfect time for players to unwind and get ready for next season at their own pace, but it's war for team's front offices.
The free-agent period makes for interesting story lines that seem to evolve with each passing day—take Dwight Howard for instance.
While some teams sit back and lick their chops because of the moves they have done so far, there are still a few franchises that are focusing their time and effort on trying to land players.
Here is a breakdown of the teams that need the most help this offseason.
30. Charlotte Bobcats
After finishing 7-59 last season, there is no question that the Charlotte Bobcats need the most help this offseason. Last seasons the Bobcats were arguably the worst team in NBA history as they became just the fourth team in league history to finish with seven wins.
Drafting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the 2012 NBA Draft was the first major step in a complete overhaul for this franchise. Sadly, that overhaul is happening at a snail's pace.
Charlotte traded Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Ben Gordon and a future first-round pick marking the only major transaction for this franchise this offseason. Qualifying offers have also been extended to restricted free agents D.J. Augustin and Derrick Brown.
29. Orlando Magic
After Dwight Howard opted in last season to stay with the Orlando Magic until the summer of 2013, there was hope that the franchise would start to add pieces around the All-Star center. Alas, just one day after the 2012 NBA draft Howard demanded a trade and killed any hopes for the ream to reload this offseason.
So far this summer, the Magic has re-signed Jameer Nelson and traded away Ryan Anderson for 27-year-old Gustavo Ayon. Not exactly big moves to move the franchise forward.
Obviously the team isn't done making moves as every other day there is another Howard trade rumor.
28. Detroit Pistons
Trading Ben Gordon for Corey Maggette doesn't exactly constitute as shaking things up.
While the Detroit Pistons have formed a nice front line with the addition of rookie Andre Drummond and center Vyacheslav Kravtsov, the team is still a couple of seasons away from competing for a playoff spot.
27. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a long road ahead to rebuild at the rate this franchise is going. Even so, this team is on the right path.
Adding Dion Waiters to play alongside Kyrie Irving should make a formidable backcourt for years to come, but besides that this team has holes all over that have not been addressed properly.
The Cavs have extended a qualifying offer to Alonzo Gee, re-signed Luke Harangody and signed Semih Erden.
26. Washington Wizards
Trading Rashard Lewis for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza improves the team, but it's not a drastic move that's going to catapult this team to a winning record.
The good thing about this move is the Wizards now have a more balance attack since Okafor can shift back to his natural power forward position.
Drafting Bradley Beal is also a nice addition, and with Ariza on the wing, John Wall should steady this team to an improved record.
25. Sacramento Kings
The Kings will certainly have an interesting lineup next season after drafting Thomas Robinson in this year's draft, but interesting doesn't necessarily put W's in the win column.
Re-signing Jason Thompson is the only offseason move besides the NBA Draft, which is odd since the Kings have an abundance of underachieving wing players.
The Mavericks appeared to be the big losers this offseason after they failed to acquire Derron Williams and Dwight Howard. The loss of Jason Kidd and Jason Terry made things even worse for this franchise as they floundered to make any moves.
However, the additions of Chris Kaman, Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones will keep this team afloat as they try to make a splash in next summer's offseason.
23. Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers would have looked pretty good next season if they had managed to sign Roy Hibbert and Nicolas Batum.
However, the Indiana Pacers matched the Blazers offer sheet, thus keeping him away from Portland. Also, because of Batum's willingness to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves there have been rumors of the Blazers trying to ship him out.
Compared to those attempted moves Portland really scrapped the bottom of the barrel with the signings Joel Freeland, Victor Claver and the re-signing of J.J. Hickson.
22. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets have put themselves into a dangerous situation this offseason as they will either become a lottery team, or a serious challenger for a playoff berth.
The Rockets have signed coveted free agents, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik. Although both of their respective teams are likely to match Houston's offer sheet.
However, Houston did have a productive draft night after they chose Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones.
21. Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are shaping into a good looking team on paper, sort of.
Trading for Kyle Lowry and signing Landry Fields to a fat contract put them right in the middle of the herd—and drafting Terrence Ross didn't help their cause.
20. New Orleans Hornets
The New Orleans Hornets have been busy getting rid of the old and trying to make the transition with some new talent.
The Hornets laid down the grown work after drafting Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. And re-signing Eric Gordon was a top priority for New Orleans.
All of those moves would have been enough for a solid offseason for this team, but acquiring Ryan Anderson from the Magic in exchange for peanuts was the icing on the cake.
19. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have the potential to be a dangerous team in the 2012-13 campaign.
Not only did the Suns have a good draft night when they chose Kendall Marshall, but they also managed to land Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley. It'll definitely be interesting to see how the Suns will mesh these players next season.
18. Philadelphia 76ers
This offseason has been strange for the Philadelphia 76ers to say the least.
The 76ers signed Nick Young, re-signed Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes, amnestied Elton Brand, and lastly traded the rights of Edin Bavcic to the Hornets to acquire Dorell Wright.
Small forward Maurice Harkless was also drafted, leaving the 76ers with a bounty of wing players. These moves could very well be the tipping force that pushes Philadelphia out of the playoffs next season.
17. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have had a slow offseason thus far since the team did most of the heavy lifting before last years trade deadline. After the bucks acquired Monte Ellis and Ekpe Udoh from the Golden State Warriors there wasn't expectations for team to make another huge trade.
Re-signing Ersan Ilyasova and trading for Samuel Dalembert may not seem like a big deal, but it will be just enough for this team to sneak into the playoffs.
16. Golden State Warriors
Thanks to a mid-season trade last year the Golden State Warriors didn't need to do a whole lot this offseason.
The only move that they have pulled off thus far looks subtle, but it can have a big effect on the team next season.
Trading Dorell Wright to the 76ers and getting back Jarrett Jack from the Hornets was a nice pickup for the Warriors. The team can now inject rookie Harrison Barnes into the starting lineup, and they finally have a solid backup point guard with starter abilities coming off the bench.
15. Utah Jazz
Acquiring Mo Williams after trading Devin Harris could be the change of pace that could drastically change this team's formula on offense. Williams is the the piece that will push this team into overdrive next season.
The Utah Jazz also picked up Marvin Williams via trade and also re-signed Jeremy Evans. While neither player is spectacular they certainly add depth to the small forward position.
14. Atlanta Hawks
The Joe Johnson trade did a lot more than save the Atlanta Hawks from his bloated contract; it also brought the team a slew of young talent that will contribute right away.
The trade brought in Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams and future first-round pick. The Hawks also traded Marvin Williams to the Jazz for Devin Harris and also managed to sign nifty scorer Lou Williams.
Is it safe to say that this team might actually be better off without Joe Johnson?
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been absent from the playoffs for eight straight years, but that's all going to change next season.
After acquiring Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger and Alexey Shved this team has gotten the right infusion of veteran talent and young legs.
Even with the Blazers set to match the Timberwolves offer for Nicolas Batum there's still a chance he could land in Minnesota, but even with out that move this team still has a solid roster going forward.
12. Denver Nuggets
So far the Denver Nuggets have been pretty lax this offseason since they have only re-signed Andre Miller.
Although, less is good in this case. After last year's impressive run into the playoffs this young squad is set to have another excellent campaign after they have had a year to jell with one another.
11. Brooklyn Nets
No team has been busier and looser with the purse strings than the Brooklyn Nets this offseason.
In one dramatic swoop the Nets have transformed themselves into a legitimate playoff caliber team.
Even though the Nets missed out on Dwight Howard, fans shouldn't fret since Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace re-signed. Brooklyn also acquired perennial All-Star Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, Mirza Teletovic and Jerry Stackhouse.
10. Los Angeles Clippers
Creeping on the come up.
The Los Angeles Clippers have brought their team back from the grave thanks to Blake Griffin, which is why it should come to no surprise that he was granted an extension. The Clippers also signed Jamal Crawford, re-signed Chauncey Billups and also acquired Lamar Odom.
9. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have been busy to say the least this offseason.
They have signed Jason Kidd, Christopher Copeland, Pablo Prigioni and James White; acquired Marcus Camby from Rockets; re-signed Steve Novak and J.R. Smith; and will also match the offer sheet that Houston gave to Jeremy Lin.
Barring any unforeseen injuries this team is sure to make a lot of noise next season.
8. Boston Celtics
In one offseason the Boston Celtics have yet again reloaded for one more run with their aging stars.
The Celtics replaced Ray Allen by signing Jason Terry and they also managed to keep their roster intact by re-signing Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green.
Boston had a decent draft night as well as they picked up Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo to bolster its front line.
7. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers had a simple goal this offseason: don't screw things up.
While the re-signing of Roy Hibbert and George Hill proved to be costly, they made the right move by matching the Blazers offer sheet to keep Hibbert. He is certainly not a max-contract player, but the Pacers are much better off just biting the bullet and paying him instead of rolling with Lou Amundson at center next season.
The Pacers also traded away Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones to the Dallas Mavericks for Ian Mahinmi.
Indiana didn't stop there—they also signed high flyer Gerald Green.
The Memphis Grizzlies haven't made a splash this offseason, and they don't need to.
Top to bottom the Grizzlies have an impressive roster that got even better with the signing of Jerry Bayless. He's the type of point guard that is able to switch his play to fit the game by becoming a quick scorer or a facilitator coming off the bench.
The team has also kept their frontline solid by re-signing Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur.
5. Chicago Bulls
All the Chicago Bulls can do at this point is wait for Derrick Rose to come back as they try to keep the ship steady. He holds the team's future in his hands, and without him this team is just good at best.
Even though the Bulls went 18-9 without Rose in the regular season, they struggled to put wins together in the post season during his absence.
They have addressed their desperate need at point guard with the signing of Kirk Hinrich and drafting Marquis Teague so there shouldn't be a huge drop off in production from the loss of C.J. Watson as well.
4. Los Angeles Lakers
Someway, somehow, Steve Nash found his way to the Los Angeles Lakers via trade.
While his defensive is always brought into to question there is no ignoring what this man can do to an offense. Nash has the ability to turn scrubs into good players so one can only imagine what he can do to this Lakers team.
The Lakers have also re-signed Devin Ebanks as well as extended a qualifying offer to Darius Morris. And with Bynum trade talks swirling about constantly, it still isn't safe to say Los Angeles is done this offseason.
3. San Antonio Spurs
Unlike the next two teams the San Antonio Spurs are a team with a very old core of players that always finds a way to over achieve.
The re-signing of Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Danny Green is a clear indication that this team is just not ready bow out.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
There is no need to drastically tweak this team after a loss in the NBA Finals like so many teams have done in the past. The Oklahoma City Thunder are already loaded in just about every position, so the addition of Hasheem Thabeet will not change much for this team.
Thabeet is a foul machine and still a very raw talent, but with his tremendous size and youth on his side The Thunder were wise to pick him up.
Drafting Perry Jones was also a nice pickup for OKC, but there isn't a high expectation for him right away.
1. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat kept things simple this summer for a change.
The Heat were already a solid three point shooting team last season, but with the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, this team will certainly become a nightmare to deal with from downtown.
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