NBA Free Agency 2012: Brandon Roy & 7 Players Who Will Shine on Their New Teams
The 2012 summer of free agency is in full effect, and many of the high-profile targets have either been re-signed or have found their way onto new teams.
While some players will fail on their new teams, there are others who will shine and become even more productive now that they've had a change of scenery.
Ahead is a list of seven players who will shine on their new teams during the 2012-13 season.
Goran Dragic, PG, Phoenix Suns
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It's back to Phoenix for Goran Dragic. The Suns signed Dragic to a four-year, $30 million deal, as reported by CBSsports.com, that could end up being one of the best moves of the 2012 offseason.
This past season, when Dragic was inserted into the starting lineup for the Rockets, he averaged 18 points and 8.8 assists per game, and that's exactly the kind of player he'll be with the Suns.
Losing Steve Nash will hurt the Suns, but it won't hurt as much now that the Suns have Dragic. He is going to become an All-Star point guard now that he has the chance to earn starting minutes in the NBA.
With Michael Beasley on the wing and Marcin Gortat in the paint, Dragic will have no problem creating offense for the Suns, and that's where his game will shine. Dragic is certainly capable of becoming one of the top point guards in the game, and we'll watch that happen during the 2012-13 season.
Jason Terry, SG, Boston Celtics
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Instead of re-signing Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics decided to take a chance on Jason Terry by signing him to a three-year, $15 million deal, as reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.
Terry is a better option for the Celtics because he's a more complete and versatile player than Allen, and that will be put on display as he helps the Celtics become an even more competitive team in the Eastern Conference.
Terry's ability to slash into the paint and also hit long-range jumpers will be a perfect complement for Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. While Terry isn't the long-range threat that Allen was, he brings more to the court Allen did, and that will help the Celtics against better teams like the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls.
While some may think Terry's career is on the decline, teaming up with the Celtics is just the spark that Terry needed to full realize his true potential. During the 2012-13 season, Terry will not only help the Celtics be a better team than last year, he will also be a more productive and efficient player than he was last season.
Brandon Roy, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves
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Brandon Roy is back. Only this time he'll be playing his basketball in Minnesota, alongside Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, as reported by SI.com.
While Roy certainly won't jump back into the NBA and be the All-Star shooting guard he was back before his knees got the better of him, he'll still be a very good player for the Timberwolves.
If the Timberwolves use Roy wisely, by setting up offensive sets for him and not making him create open shots for himself all the time, Roy's talents will shine. Assuming that Rubio comes back at 100 percent, that will certainly be feasible for Roy and the T'Wolves.
Roy will end up being the steal of the 2012 offseason, as he has the potential to make the Timberwolves a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. Once Roy gets back into basketball shape, and catches back up to the speed of the game, he'll be one of the top shooting guards in the NBA.
Steve Nash, PG, Los Angeles Lakers
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Anytime a player joins forces with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, you expect that player to shine. That's going to be exactly what Steve Nash does, after agreeing to a sign-and-trade to the Lakers, as reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.
Nash would excel with all 30 teams in the NBA, but alongside Bryant in the Lakers' backcourt, his game will be taken to a whole different level.
Nash will certainly return to his MVP form with the Lakers, as he creates offense for Bryant, Paul Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The level of efficiency that we'll see out of Nash this season will be at an All-Star caliber and it will make the Lakers an extremely dangerous team.
In addition to racking up assists like a madman next season, Nash will also put up impressive scoring production, mainly because of opposing defenses having to focus on the other elite players on the Lakers roster.
The level of production and efficiency we see in Nash next year will be something special.
Michael Beasley, SF, Phoenix Suns
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Michael Beasley is changing teams once again. This time he's joining Goran Dragic and the Phoenix Suns, as reported by CBSSports.com.
Back during the 2010-11 season, Beasley was putting up impressive production to the tune of 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. While Beasley's production tapered off last season—mainly due to nagging injuries—there's no doubt that he's capable of being the player he was back during the 2010-11 season.
Beasley will benefit from having an explosive point guard like Dragic, as he'll have high-percentage scoring opportunities created for him time and time again.
Beasley's athletic ability will also help him be a more productive player next season, as he'll run with Dragic in transition. His transition skills will help him not only be more productive, it will also help him be more efficient, and that's what the Suns will need from Beasley.
Jarrett Jack, PG, Golden State Warriors
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The New Orleans Hornets are apparently making room for Austin Rivers in their lineup, and that means trading Jarrett Jack to the Golden State Warriors, as reported by SI.com.
Jack was one of the shining stars on an underwhelming Hornets team last season, averaging 15.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.
With Golden State, Jack will not only make the Warriors better, he will also increase his production, and most notably his efficiency. Jack will allow Steph Curry to be a true shooting guard, which is where he excels, and it will also allow Jack to control the pace of their offense, which is what he does best.
Jack could become one of the top point guards in the league with the Warriors, and if he does that, it will mean that he's helped transform the basketball culture out in Golden State. With the Warriors, Jack will finally realize his true potential.
Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets
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Joe Johnson undoubtedly needed a change of scenery to revitalize his career, and got just that by being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, as reported by NBA.com.
Johnson was getting complacent in Atlanta, and although he was still a productive player, his level of competitive drive was lacking. That will change in Brooklyn, with Deron Williams motivating him throughout the season.
In Atlanta, Johnson never had the luxury of playing with an elite point guard, and finally, Johnson will be able to have that. While playing with Williams won't transform Johnson into an All-Star, it will certainly make him a more efficient player, and that's something that he's lacked for the last few seasons.
With Johnson and Williams in the backcourt, the Nets will be an extremely dangerous team for the foreseeable future, and Johnson's smooth stroke on the wing will be a large reason for that.