Chris Paul, Richard Hamilton and the Best New Additions for Every NBA Team

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IDecember 31, 2011

Chris Paul, Richard Hamilton and the Best New Additions for Every NBA Team

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    Now that the NBA season is fully underway, some teams face a difficult task of trying to acclimate their new parts into their systems.

    Without a normal training camp or a normal exhibition schedule, it's not that easy for rookies or free agents to step right in and have immediate success.

    Some have much better success than others, though.

    With that being said, here's a look at each teams best new addition.

Atlanta Hawks

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    Best Newcomer: Tracy McGrady

    McGrady was a free-agent signing and will ultimately prove to be a nice role player for the Hawks.

    Who knows? Maybe he will regain some of the form that once made him among the game's best. Even if not, he will still give Atlanta some productive minutes off the bench.

Boston Celtics

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    Best Newcomer: Brandon Bass

    Bass has been very good for Boston after the sign-and-trade deal for Glen Davis.

    All he's done is provide a big lift off the bench by averaging 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

    The Celtics really needed some productive frontcourt depth and Bass has filled the void early on.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    Best Newcomer: Kemba Walker

    Walker has seen some quality minutes at the point for the Bobcats. He's averaged 13.5 points in 20 minutes of action per night.

    He's seen fourth-quarter action in tight games so far, so Charlotte head coach Paul Silas has shown confidence in the rookie right off the bat.

Chicago Bulls

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    Best Newcomer: Richard Hamilton

    Hamilton will do wonders for Chicago.

    They severely needed an upgrade at the 2-guard spot and did so with Hamilton, who still has enough left in the tank to help this team out.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Best Newcomer: Kyrie Irving

    The No. 1 overall pick in last summer's NBA Draft, Irving has struggled from the floor so far, but has shown a good ability to run the Cleveland offense.

    He's had seven assists in each of his two games and has taken pretty good care of the basketball overall.

    Irving has some growing to do as an NBA point guard, but he has promise.

Dallas Mavericks

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    Best Newcomer: Delonte West

    On a team that has newly acquired Lamar Odom and Vince Carter, it's been West who has been the most productive newcomer.

    He's chipped in some points so far, but he's been good at getting his teammates involved and has been one of the only Mavericks that's been very good at the defensive end of the floor.

Denver Nuggets

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    Best Newcomer: Andre Miller

    After spending last season in Portland, Miller has returned to Denver to form a quite impressive point guard duo with Ty Lawson.

    This Nuggets team has the chance to be very good. Miller chipping in 12 points and eight assists off the bench is a big part of that.

Detroit Pistons

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    Best Newcomer: Brandon Knight

    The Pistons first-round draft pick, Knight has done a good job scoring the basketball so far but needs to work on his assist-to-turnover ratio.

    Overall, though, Knight looks like he's ready for the NBA.

Golden State Warriors

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    Best Newcomer: Brandon Rush

    Rush was acquired from Indiana prior to the season in a move that may have slipped below the radar, but Rush has been very good so far in a Warriors uniform.

    He's getting 27 minutes a game from new head coach Mark Jackson and is rewarding his coach with solid production in every statistical category.

Houston Rockets

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    Best Newcomer: Samuel Dalembert

    It took until almost the very last minute, but the Rockets eventually signed the big man they've desperately needed for years.

    Dalembert's impact will be huge in Houston just from a defensive standpoint. His ability to challenge shots is something Houston hasn't seen since the days of Dikembe Mutombo.

Indiana Pacers

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    Best Newcomer: David West

    West is recovering from major knee surgery, but is starting to round back into form, averaging nearly a double-double through three games with what will turn out to be a very good Indiana Pacers team.

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Best Newcomer: Chris Paul

    This is a no-brainer. Paul has been the major acquisition for any team during the offseason.

    His presence alone will transform the Clippers into a playoff team for the first time since 2006.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Best Newcomer: Josh McRoberts

    Andrew Bynum is returning to the lineup, so McRoberts won't likely see 25 minutes per night, but he will still chip in a few points and rebounds per night.

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Best Newcomer: Jeremy Pargo

    The rookie Pargo will see most of the minutes at the point guard spot after the injury to Mike Conley, but the Gonzaga graduate has proven so far he can handle the minutes.

    He needs to work on his jumper from behind the arc, but chipping in 10 points and five assists off the bench in his first two games is a nice start to his career.

Miami Heat

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    Best Newcomer: Norris Cole

    Cole has been a bright spot for the Heat early on and has hit some big shots so far. His play has been up and down so far, but he's shown signs of becoming Miami's point guard of the future.

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Best Newcomer: Stephen Jackson

    Jackson has started out the season experiencing back problems, but he can eventually be the extra scoring threat that the Bucks really need.

    He's started slowly for Milwaukee through two games, but he's also a guy who's averaged over 20 points per game three times during the past five seasons.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Best Newcomer: Ricky Rubio

    This was the toughest call to make overall with all of the young talent that the Timberwolves have. This could have easily gone to rookie Derrick Williams, who is off to a good start, or J.J. Barea, who looks like a nice signing.

    Rubio, though, has made his long-awaited debut in Minnesota and while his offensive game may need some work, he promises to be very exciting.

New Jersey Nets

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    Best Newcomer: MarShon Brooks

    Brooks comes to New Jersey from Providence, where he has a reputation of a guy that can fill it up.

    He's gotten off to a good start through three games with the Nets, averaging 15.3 points in only 19 minutes per game so far through three games played.

    Eventually Avery Johnson is going to have to find some more minutes for him.

New Orleans Hornets

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    Best Newcomer: Eric Gordon

    Gordon was the prime asset for the Hornets in the Chris Paul trade and despite only playing in one game so far, he dropped 20 and the game-winner.

    He's a star in the making and could be poised for a breakout season if he's healthy.

New York Knicks

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    Best Newcomer: Tyson Chandler

    Chandler hasn't had quite the impact that Knicks fans would have hoped for so far, but he should be fine.

    If Iman Shumpert didn't get hurt in the Knicks opener, he might be given the nod here, but give Chandler some time and he will make a difference.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Best Newcomer: Nazr Mohammed

    The veteran Mohammed is the only new body that's received any minutes so far for the Thunder.

    You can never have too many big bodies that can rebound and play defense and that's all that Mohammed will be asked to do.

Orlando Magic

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    Best Newcomer: Glen Davis

    Big Baby hasn't done much so far in Orlando, but with the way Ryan Anderson has performed so far, the Magic haven't needed much from him.

    Eight points and three boards per game isn't exactly what the Magic signed him for, but Big Baby has been streaky throughout his career and will have his moments in Orlando.

Philadelphia 76ers

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    Best Newcomer: Nikola Vucevic

    The No. 16 pick in the NBA Draft has only played in one of the Sixers' two games so far, but in his 20 minutes of action he gave head coach Doug Collins some decent production.

    He's a project with a ways to go, but he has potential.

Phoenix Suns

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    Best Newcomer: Markieff Morris

    The Suns are rebuilding and Morris is a big part of their future.

    He's outplayed Channing Frye so far and was in games during crunch time. It might not be too long before Morris is seeing regular time as a starter in Phoenix.

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Best Newcomer: Jamal Crawford

    Crawford is a good fit in Portland considering the sudden retirement of Brandon Roy. The veteran Crawford fills a need as a scorer for the Blazers.

    He scored 22 points against Denver and is instant offense off the bench, so expect him to turn in more 20-point games as the season goes on.

Sacramento Kings

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    Best Newcomer: Chuck Hayes

    You may have expected to see Jimmer Fredette's name here, but Hayes is a great addition to the Kings lineup. He brings toughness, rebounding and defense to a young team that needs it.

    That type of impact can't be measured. Hayes will help this Sacramento team out a lot.

San Antonio Spurs

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    Best Newcomer: Kawhi Leonard

    For a change, San Antonio wasn't a popular signing place among veteran free agents. Therefore, the rookie Leonard is the best newcomer on this Spurs team.

    He's a very talented small forward that could wind up taking minutes away from Richard Jefferson before the end of the season.

Toronto Raptors

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    Best Newcomer: Rasual Butler

    Toronto didn't do much in the offseason, but they did bring in the veteran Butler, who can give them quality minutes off the bench.

Utah Jazz

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    Best Newcomer: Josh Howard

    Rookies Enes Kanter and Alec Burks have some growing to do, but Howard can step in and give the Jazz a little bit of production right off the bat.

    He's not the player he once was due to injuries, but he may be able to average double-digits in scoring and is still a decent defensive small forward.

Washington Wizards

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    Best Newcomer: Jan Vesely

    Washington didn't do much as far as bringing in new bodies that can make a impact, but Vesely can provide some scoring punch if he's ever healthy.

    So far he's yet to appear in an NBA game for Washington.