Although many big-name NBA free agents will bring a multitude of helpful skills to their new team, one thing in particular is sure to make the biggest difference, for better or worse.
Whether it’s Andrei Kirilenko’s veteran presence off the bench or Jarrett Jack’s leadership, one aspect of each player’s game will be put under the microscope more so than everything they bring to the table.
Fans, coaches and teammates will have to understand, and perhaps scrutinize, what marquee additions bring to their roster. These free-agent signings will either fit in seamlessly with the system or stick out like broken puzzle pieces.
League general managers can only hope they signed the correct guy.
Note: Because this article breaks down what NBA free agents bring to their new team, big-name stars like Chris Paul and J.R. Smith won’t make the cut, because they each re-signed with their respective teams.