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Ranking 10 Best Under-the-Radar Moves of the 2013 NBA Offseason
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Under-the-radar moves are key to any NBA offseason under the league's more restrictive collective bargaining agreement.

They're also vital to any successful championship quest. Basketball history books are littered with unheralded stars rising to the occasion, whether it's Mike Miller's Game 5 barrage in 2012 or Don Nelson catching a lucky bounce to close out the 1969 Finals.

But they're also dramatically underappreciated in this superstars' league.

With Chris Paul's free-agency decision all but certain heading into the 2013 NBA offseason, Dwight Howard was the talk of the summer.

There's nothing necessarily wrong with that. Howard looked every bit like a superstar talent (17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game), even in a down year for the big man.

But he wasn't the only one swapping jerseys, and potentially changing a franchise's fortune, this summer. He was just the one grabbing the lion's share of the coverage, although several others have since moved the needle on the transactions page.

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce added championship experience and swagger to the Brooklyn Nets. Andre Iguodala brought hope and question marks to the Golden State Warriors. Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans drew a similar reaction from New Orleans Pelicans fans.

The under-the-radar additions were naturally left scrounging for back-page space.

Well, that's no longer the case. These unheralded hoopers will have their long-overdue run under the magnifying glass.

*Unless otherwise specified, statistics used courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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