If you’re even a casual NBA fan, you know just how crazy of an offseason the league has had over the last few months.
From Atlanta re-signing Joe Johnson to an offseason highest $126 million deal, all the way to Shaquille O’Neal signing a veteran minimum contract with the Boston Celtics.
NBA Primetime’s Brandon Ribak breaks down the top five acquired players this offseason (excluding re-signings) that will have the biggest impact towards their new teams.
5. David Lee (C, GSW)
Lee led the league in double-doubles during the 2008-09 season and ranked fourth during last season.
The 27-year-old will provide the Warriors with a sure-fire double-double threat night-in and night-out with potential to improve on his career-high stats from last season.
Although the Warriors don’t have much of a chance to contend for a playoff seed this season, adding Lee, in addition to a new owner and head coach, could be a sign of good things to come.
4. Amare Stoudemire (PF, NYK)
Stoudemire gives the Knicks a dominate threat on the offensive end of the court who has already proven to excel in his former head coach's system of play.
During the D’Antoni reign in Phoenix, Stoudemire put together career-highs in PPG, FG percentage, RPG, and BPG.
With a solid core around the power forward, Stoudemire should have no problem inflating his overall averages during the upcoming season and for years to come.
3. Al Jefferson (PF/C, UTA)
Jefferson boasts averages of 20.4 PPG and 10.5 RPG over the last three seasons with the Timberwolves (.243 win percentage over that span).
Big Al will be competing for a playoff spot for the first time in his six year career and while he most likely won’t convert his 20 and 10 averages over to his new team, he should be able to produce solid all-around stats (especially with D-Will feeding him the rock).
2. Carlos Boozer (PF, CHI)
Boozer supplies Chicago with a much needed power-forward who can produce on the offensive end of the floor and grab rebounds on the defensive side.
Paired up with Joakim Noah, these big men give the Bulls one of the best frontcourt duo’s in the league.
With point guard Derrick Rose blossoming into an even better player, center Joakim Noah continuing to make a name for himself amongst the elite big men in the league, and the acquiring of Carlos Boozer, the Bulls have all the weapons needed to contend for a championship.
Teamed up with Wade and Bosh, the Heat have undoubtedly the most talented trio in all of the NBA.
James gives the Heat a born leader (who is salivating for his first title) that can distribute the rock and virtually do anything on the court.
Bosh provides Miami with a big man that can dominate the boards and knock down perimeter jumpers from all around the basket.
Many believe that the Heat have weaknesses at the point-guard and center position, but with the trio on the court, anything will be possible for Miami this season.
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