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NBA Players Who Desperately Need a Fresh Start with a New Team
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For some NBA players, the difference between being a role player and a star boils down to a change in locale.

Take Tobias Harris, who could hardly find his way off the Milwaukee Bucks bench during the first half of the 2012-13 season. The Bucks shipped Harris to the Orlando Magic in the package for J.J. Redick at the trade deadline and then watched in horror as Harris flourished in Orlando.

Before being traded to Orlando, Harris appeared in 28 games for the Bucks, averaging 4.9 points and 2.0 rebounds while playing only 11.6 minutes per game. After the trade, over a 27-game span, Harris averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in 36.1 minutes per game.

Harris may be the most dramatic recent example of a player whose career flourished with one team after struggling with another, but he's not the only one.

Before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009, Zach Randolph looked like the quintessential "put up great stats on terrible teams" player. Since that time, he was integral to the eighth-seeded Grizzlies overthrowing the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the 2011 playoffs and helped guide Memphis to a franchise-record 56 wins in 2012-13.

With Harris and Z-Bo in mind, let's look at a handful of other players who could revitalize their careers on a new team.

Note: All advanced statistics come from either Basketball-Reference or NBA.com/stats, unless otherwise noted. Players are sorted in alphabetical order.

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