Grading Every NBA Team's Biggest Offseason Trades and Signings So Far

Greg Swartz@@CavsGregBRFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 10, 2023

Grading Every NBA Team's Biggest Offseason Trades and Signings So Far

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    Donovan Mitchell (middle).
    Donovan Mitchell (middle).Jason Miller/Getty Images

    The last time we checked in to see how the NBA's biggest offseason additions were doing in their new homes was over two months ago, just weeks into the 2022-23 season.

    Now as we approach the halfway point, much has changed.

    Be it Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Jalen Brunson, Dejounte Murray, Malcolm Brogdon or Patrick Beverley, we've seen a mix of results from some of the biggest names to change teams. We're not forgetting the rookies either, as what appeared to be a strong class in the early going has only improved as the season has progressed.

    Be it a free-agent signing, a trade or a draft pick, here's how every NBA team's top three offseason additions (or fewer, if that's all the squad added) are grading out as we head into the back nine of the regular season.

    Note: New additions projected to miss the entire season because of injury were not included. Stats are accurate heading into play on Jan. 9, 2023.

Atlanta Hawks

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    Dejounte Murray.
    Dejounte Murray. Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Dejounte Murray, AJ Griffin, Justin Holiday

    Murray has been good for the Hawks but perhaps not "three first-round picks" good as he continues to adjust.

    While his raw numbers are solid (20.4 points, 6.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals), the 19-21 Hawks are still getting killed when Trae Young sits. Atlanta has a net rating of plus-3.5 when Murray and Young are on the floor together, yet this number falls to minus-8.2 with just Murray running the show.

    If the goal was to find a second star capable of keeping the team afloat in non-Young minutes, Murray hasn't been good enough despite a solid overall start to his Hawks tenure.

    Griffin has taken on a larger role in the rotation since we last checked in, including eight games of 15 points or more. The 19-year-old looks like a terrific draft pick who could work his way into becoming a full-time starter sometime this season.

    Holiday's playing time has been cut with the emergence of Griffin and the return of Bogdan Bogdanović from his knee injury. He's been a borderline rotation player as of late who's hitting 34.1 percent of his threes this season.

    Updated Grade: B-

Boston Celtics

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    Malcolm Brogdon.
    Malcolm Brogdon.Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Malcolm Brogdon, Blake Griffin, Noah Vonleh

    Brogdon has been as good as advertised for Boston and should remain in the running for Sixth Man of the Year.

    The 30-year-old has come off the bench in all 34 of his games while putting up 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and shooting a career-high 44.5 percent from three. He's given the Celtics another reliable playmaker who rarely turns the ball over, helping them climb from ninth in offense a season ago to No. 1 now.

    Griffin has been used as needed as a big off the bench, but his play has included a few turn-back-the-clock dunks. When the Celtics have called on him as a starter, he's done an admirable job as well, with 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and shooting marks of 56.5 percent overall and 35.0 percent from deep over eight games. With Robert Williams III now back from his knee injury, however, Griffin's time may be limited moving forward.

    Vonleh's time in Boston lasted just 23 games, as he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs last week in a cost-cutting move that saved the Celtics $6.6 million by relieving some luxury tax. He had been averaging just 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per night.

    Grade: B+

Brooklyn Nets

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    Ben Simmons (left), Royce O'Neal (right).
    Ben Simmons (left), Royce O'Neal (right).Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Ben Simmons*, Royce O'Neale, T.J. Warren

    As mentioned last time, we're cheating a bit by adding Simmons here, although the 26-year-old point forward didn't technically make his Nets debut until this season.

    This new version of Simmons is more role player than All-Star, and he seems perfectly content to focus on his passing and defense while ignoring his own offensive opportunities. Simmons has attempted just one three-pointer all year (a miss) and went 12 games without making a free throw (on nine attempts).

    His 7.7 points per game are a career low, although Brooklyn doesn't really need more with two alpha scorers on the roster. The Nets are still better when Simmons is on the floor (plus-2.4 swing rating).

    O'Neale has been great as a starter, giving the Nets floor-spacing, defense and even some playmaking. His 41.1 percent mark from three is necessary in a lineup that features two non-shooters in Simmons and Nic Claxton, and O'Neale doesn't need the ball in his hands to be effective, which is also important while playing alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

    Warren made his long-awaited debut on Dec. 2 and has since hit double digits in scoring in 11 of his 16 games. For a team that could use a reliable third scorer after Durant and Irving, Warren is making his way toward this role even off the bench.

    Grade: A-

Charlotte Hornets

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    Mark Williams.
    Mark Williams. Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Dennis Smith Jr., Mark Williams, Théo Maledon

    After Smith got off to a hot start as the opening point guard with LaMelo Ball sidelined, an ankle injury and the return of Ball have diminished his impact.

    In 11 starts, Smith averaged 10.0 points, 6.5 assists and just 1.7 turnovers in 30.8 minutes per game, proving he at least still belongs in the league. His hot start from three has faded, however. He's shooting just 17.6 percent from behind the arc over his last 12 games.

    Williams, the 15th overall pick in the 2022 draft, has been given more of an opportunity as of late for the 11-30 Hornets. He's put up 7.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals in 17.2 minutes off the bench over the last seven games while connecting on 52.8 percent of his shots. In what's become a lost season, Charlotte could turn to Williams as its starter at some point if it moves Mason Plumlee before the Feb. 9 trade deadline.

    Maledon, 21, has been given good minutes as a backup guard, although a 34.6 percent shooting mark over his last 20 games has been disappointing. A decent passer with size (6'4"), he hasn't proved he can be a contributor to a contender just yet.

    Grade: C-

Chicago Bulls

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    Andre Drummond.
    Andre Drummond. Michael Reaves/Getty Images,

    Top Offseason Pickups: Goran Dragić, Andre Drummond, Dalen Terry

    Dragić is proving there's still life in his 36-year-old legs, as the Chicago Bulls are better when he's on the floor (plus-3.1 swing rating) while he chips in 7.6 points, 2.9 assists and shoots 39.2 percent from three in 16.6 minutes per night off the bench.

    With Lonzo Ball still a long way off from returning to the court following knee surgery, the signing of Dragić has been an important one as Chicago fights to stay in the play-in tournament.

    Drummond has been the NBA's best rebounder this season, albeit in a small role as the backup to Nikola Vučević. His 28.5 total rebound percentage is nearly three points higher than the runner-up (Moses Brown, 25.9 percent) and is a career best for someone who's already led the league four times.

    Even in a limited role, Drummond is giving the Bulls $12.4 million worth of value on a $3.2 million contract this season, per ProFitX.

    Terry has appeared in just 52 total minutes across 14 games. In a crowded Bulls backcourt, the 20-year-old rookie's time has yet to come.

    Grade: B

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Donovan Mitchell.
    Donovan Mitchell.Jason Miller/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Donovan Mitchell, Ricky Rubio, Robin Lopez

    In a normal year, scoring 71 points in a game, averaging 28.8 overall and guiding your team to a top-four seed in the conference would garner serious MVP consideration.

    Instead, Mitchell still sits at eighth in the league in scoring and may have to settle for a spot as an All-Star starter instead.

    The 26-year-old has been brilliant with his new team, averaging career highs in scoring, field-goal percentage (48.8) and three-point shooting (40.5 percent). His trade to the Cavaliers has looked terrific for both teams.

    Rubio is expected back from a torn ACL this month and has been practicing with the team. While a return date of December was the goal he stated on media day, there's been no major setbacks for Rubio, so his return should be imminent.

    Lopez has been used against bigger teams and is a locker room favorite in Cleveland. He and Mitchell also combined for 72 points in an overtime win over the Chicago Bulls, a testament to Lopez's greatness overall.

    Grade: A

Dallas Mavericks

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    Christian Wood.
    Christian Wood. Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Christian Wood, JaVale McGee, Jaden Hardy

    It was only a matter of time until Wood entered the starting lineup, a role he's played well in alongside Luka Dončić.

    In 13 starts, Wood is averaging 20.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 blocks a game while shooting 39.8 percent from three. Dallas is 8-2 in its last 10 games with Wood in the starting lineup.

    McGee, on the other hand, was benched after just seven starts and is out of the rotation entirely on most nights now. The Mavs are 23.7 points per 100 possessions worse with McGee in the game this season, a number so dreadful it ranks in the 1st percentile, per Cleaning the Glass.

    Hardy has done some positive things (albeit in blowout losses) as of late, thrice scoring 15 points in the last month. While he's not a regular contributor yet, the Mavs knew he was going to take time. His upside is still intriguing.

    Grade: B

Denver Nuggets

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    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, DeAndre Jordan

    Playing alongside an elite passer has been a mutually beneficial relationship for Caldwell-Pope, Nikola Jokić and the Nuggets in general.

    The veteran guard ranks second in the NBA in three-point accuracy (47.9 percent), including a 51.0 percent mark on catch-and-shoot attempts. He's chipping in 11.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assist and 1.1 steals per game.

    Brown has been one of the league's best values, per ProFitX, giving Denver $24 million worth of production this season while playing on a $6.5 million contract. He's averaging a career-high 11.1 points and 3.9 assists while also pulling down 4.2 rebounds a game. An excellent screener and defender, Brown is knocking down 40.8 percent of his threes while holding opponents to 32.8 percent shooting from deep.

    Jordan has been playing less and less as the Nuggets win more and more. These two things are not unrelated, as Denver has been 17.6 points per 100 possessions worse with the veteran center in the game. This wasn't a good signing at the time, with Jordan's primary contribution coming as a locker room presence.

    Grade: A-

Detroit Pistons

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    Jaden Ivey (left), Bojan Bogdanovic (right).
    Jaden Ivey (left), Bojan Bogdanovic (right). Michael Reaves/Getty Images,

    Top Offseason Pickups: Bojan Bogdanović, Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren

    There's no way Bogdanović will make it past the trade deadline in Detroit. He's played too well for an 11-32 Pistons team to keep.

    The veteran forward is leading the team with 21.0 points and is shooting the lights-out, knocking down 41.6 percent of his threes and 46.3 percent of his catch-and-shoot threes. Detroit gave up no draft assets to acquire him, yet it should be asking for a first-round pick and more for Bogdanović's services now. This was a puzzling trade at the time, yet is proving to be an excellent investment.

    Ivey has been a full-time starter in Detroit, showcasing his scoring and playmaking ability on a nightly basis. His three-point shooting has improved, now up to 40.7 percent over his last 10 games.

    Duren looks the part of a future franchise center, as he's split his time between starter and reserve thus far. In 15 starts, however, the 19-year-old is averaging 9.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and shooting 65.9 percent overall.

    Grade: A

Golden State Warriors

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    Donte DiVincenzo.
    Donte DiVincenzo. David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Donte DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green, Patrick Baldwin Jr.

    A rocky start by the bay has turned around for DiVincenzo, who's now up to 11.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.2assists, 1.6 steals and a 42.4 percent mark from three over his past 10 games. With Stephen Curry (shoulder) currently sidelined, DiVincenzo has been inserted into the starting lineup and helped the Warriors climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

    Green is out with an infection in his right leg but has been a solid backup big throughout most of the season with 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in his 14.9 minutes per game. We'll see how long he can hold off Jonathan Kuminga, the second-year forward who's seen an increase in minutes over the past month-and-a-half.

    Baldwin has appeared in just 13 games thus far and hasn't even looked that great during his time in the G League (10.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting overall). The 20-year-old isn't a rotation member for a team with championship aspirations just yet.

    Grade: C+

Houston Rockets

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    Tari Eason (left), Jabari Smith (middle), TyTy Washington Jr. (right).
    Tari Eason (left), Jabari Smith (middle), TyTy Washington Jr. (right).Michael J. LeBrecht II/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Jabari Smith Jr., Tari Eason, TyTy Washington Jr.

    Following a slow start to the season, Smith has been steadily improving as a scorer and defender, showing more confidence in his jumper and figuring out when to pick his spots in a Houston Rockets offense that has a lot of mouths to feed.

    Smith is averaging 12.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks over his last 23 games while shooting 41.9 percent overall and 33.6 percent from three. While he hasn't been as productive as a lot of the other top-10 picks in the draft, Smith has all of the physical tools to eventually become the best player to come out of 2022.

    Eason has done well in his 18.8 minutes per game off the bench, showing his defensive versatility while shooting 36.6 percent from three. If Eric Gordon is moved at the trade deadline, Eason has earned more playing time.

    Washington had yet to make his NBA debut the last time we handed out grades, and to this point, he has appeared in just 12 games overall. He's been in the rotation as of late, but a shaky jumper (34.8 percent shooting overall, 14.3 percent from three) has limited his production thus far.

    Grade: C

Indiana Pacers

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    Bennedict Mathurin.
    Bennedict Mathurin. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Bennedict Mathurin, Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis

    Mathurin still looks like the perfect pick for the Pacers at No. 6 overall, even if his play has cooled off in the second quarter of the season.

    The 20-year-old averaged 19.1 points while shooting 41.7 percent from three over his first 20 games, numbers that have fallen to 15.2 on 20.8 percent from deep over his last 21. Mathurin and Buddy Hield are the only Pacers to not miss a game thus far, however.

    Nesmith has been a pleasant surprise for Indiana and is now a full-time starter thanks to his outside shooting and defense. The 23-year-old is up to 12.8 points on 38.2 percent shooting from three over his last 14 games.

    Theis has yet to play this season because of a sore knee that eventually required surgery in November. It's unclear if he would even have a spot in the rotation following his return, especially if Myles Turner is retained past the trade deadline. Theis was a throw-in to the trade that brought over Nesmith and a first-round pick from the Boston Celtics, so any impact he has will strictly be a bonus.

    Grade: A-

Los Angeles Clippers

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    John Wall.
    John Wall. Michael Hickey/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: John Wall, Moses Brown

    Wall's strong start to his Clippers tenure has faded a bit, as the veteran point guard is down to 9.1 points and 4.5 assists on 38.0 percent shooting over his last 11 games. Los Angeles is getting beat in his minutes, as the Clippers are 8.3 points per 100 possessions worse when Wall is in the game (16th percentile, per Cleaning the Glass).

    With Kawhi Leonard playing more, Wall should be used primarily as a playmaker who can set the table for the plethora of shot-makers up and down this roster.

    Brown has been used sparingly as a backup center (7.7 minutes in his 29 games) yet has become a walking double-double when he gets real playing time. Only Andre Drummond has a better rebound percentage than Brown's 25.9 percent mark this season.

    Grade: B-

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Lonnie Walker IV.
    Lonnie Walker IV.Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Patrick Beverley, Lonnie Walker IV, Dennis Schröder

    Beverley has kept his starting job in the Lakers backcourt even though he's giving the team little offensively (6.0 points, 2.6 assists, 39.3 percent shooting overall). Los Angeles is 4.9 points per 100 possessions worse when he's on the floor, with Beverley's expiring $13 million salary looking more like a trade chip than anything as we approach the deadline.

    Walker has been a nice pickup, a solid third-fourth scoring option on most nights who's averaging a career-high 14.7 points on 38.4 percent shooting from three. He's cemented himself as a starter alongside LeBron James as well.

    The signing of Schröder has been a godsend for this Lakers team, as the veteran guard put up 32 points in a win over the Miami Heat even with James and Anthony Davis out. He's up to 17.5 points, 3.5 assists and is shooting 50.0 percent from three over his last 11 games, giving the Lakers a much-needed scoring option and floor-spacer.

    While the Lakers' offseason looked brutal at first, Walker and Schröder have turned into real solid additions.

    Grade: B

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Jake LaRavia.
    Jake LaRavia. Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Jake LaRavia, David Roddy, Kennedy Chandler

    While LaRavia looked like the preferred rookie big man in the early going, it's Roddy who's been a more consistent member of the Grizzlies' rotation as of late.

    With Jaren Jackson Jr. back in the frontcourt, LaRavia's minutes have been slashed as he's spent time in the G League to get some run. The 21-year-old is averaging 3.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and hitting 37.3 percent of his threes in 14.4 minutes over 23 games.

    Roddy has been OK for Memphis, as the 23rd overall pick has earned a rotation spot despite doing little other than rebounding and screening. His threes aren't falling yet (27.7 percent), and the Grizzlies are getting killed in his minutes (minus-14 points per 100 possessions, 5th percentile). He almost certainly won't be a part of the playoff rotation given the amount of talented bigs on this roster.

    Chandler has played sparingly behind Ja Morant and Tyus Jones, and like LaRavia and Roddy, he is more of a bonus than an actual necessity at this point. He's putting up 2.9 points and 2.2 assists in 10.0 minutes across 19 contests.

    Grade: C-

Miami Heat

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    Nikola Jovic.
    Nikola Jovic. Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickup: Nikola Jović

    One of the NBA's quietest teams in the 2022 offseason is unsurprisingly off to a 21-20 start and eighth place in the East just a year after earning the No. 1 seed.

    Jović, the 27th overall pick, is currently sidelined with a lower back stress reaction that will likely keep him out until at least February.

    The 19-year-old has been used sparingly, serving as a starter on some nights to being out of the rotation completely for others. In his eight starts, Jovic averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting just 39.3 percent overall and 22.2 percent from three.

    Even when he returns, Jović doesn't look like a contributor to a playoff team just yet. We'll see if the Heat remain patient with him or if the rookie ends up as trade bait. For now, he hasn't made much of an impact.

    Grade: D

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Joe Ingles.
    Joe Ingles. Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: MarJon Beauchamp, Joe Ingles

    This was the only team on this list to draw an incomplete grade the last time we checked in. Beauchamp has played enough minutes now, and Ingles has made his return from injury, meaning we can finally hand out an official mark.

    The rookie wing has been thrown into the fire as of late, earning a spot in Milwaukee's rotation while even starting eight games this year for a Bucks team that's had a few forwards miss time due to injury.

    Over his last 12 games, Beauchamp is averaging 7.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 16.6 minutes on 36.2 percent shooting from three.

    Ingles is 35 and coming off a torn ACL, so his slow start should have been expected. A 14-point, 10-assist and five-rebound game in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves gave us a glimpse of what Ingles could be again, even if his overall numbers (5.0 points on 28.6 percent shooting from three) are still bad right now.

    Grade: C-

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Rudy Gobert.
    Rudy Gobert. Sean Gardner/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Rudy Gobert, Kyle Anderson, Bryn Forbes

    This isn't the version of Gobert the Wolves were hoping for when they traded away heaven and earth to land the defensive star.

    The 30-year-old's true shooting, block percentage and rebound percentage numbers are all down from a year ago, and Gobert's swing rating (minus-4.0) is the first negative mark of his career and 10.3 points worse than his mark with the Utah Jazz last season. He's allowing opponents to shoot 57.4 percent at the rim, up from 49.3 percent a year ago.

    While Gobert is still making a positive defensive impact and rebounding at a high level, the Wolves should already be sweating, given how much the franchise gave up to land him.

    Anderson has split his time between starter and reserve, and the veteran forward is averaging 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals and shooting 40.0 percent from three over his last 12 games (all starts). He's been a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season in Minnesota.

    The Forbes signing has been a bust for the Wolves, as the former sharpshooter has battled injury and inconsistent playing time. His 25.0 percent mark from three is easily the worst of his career and far below his lifetime 41.3 percent success rate coming into the season.

    Grade: C-

New Orleans Pelicans

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    Dyson Daniels.
    Dyson Daniels. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickup: Dyson Daniels

    While his raw numbers don't show much (4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals in 18.6 minutes), Daniels has been an awesome addition to a New Orleans team that's hovered near the top of the West.

    The 6'8" guard is the perfect swiss army knife to insert into a roster that already features plenty of scorers. Daniels makes his nightly impact on the defensive end by guarding multiple positions while keeping the ball moving on offense.

    The 19-year-old is holding opponents to 32.6 percent shooting from three (a 3.6 percent drop off their normal averages) this season and using his size to disrupt shots inside as well (54 percent opponent shooting from within 10 feet, a 4.7 percent drop).

    Daniels may never be a 20-point-per-game scorer in the NBA, and the Pelicans don't need him to be, either.

    Grade: B+

New York Knicks

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    Jalen Brunson.
    Jalen Brunson. Elsa/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Jalen Brunson, Isaiah Hartenstein

    Brunson has been predictably awesome for the Knicks, helping carry this offense from 23rd in offense a season ago all the way up to ninth now.

    The 26-year-old is putting up a career-high 20.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game for the Knicks, one of the hottest teams in the NBA over the last month.

    While his defense could still use improvement, Brunson is shooting the ball better than ever, knocking down 50.0 percent of his three-pointers over the last 10 games. This was a terrific signing for New York.

    Hartenstein hasn't been quite as effective as he was with the Los Angeles Clippers last season but is still holding opponents to 54.7 percent shooting at the rim and rebounding at a high level. A talented passer, the Knicks haven't unleashed Hartenstein's complete game yet.

    Grade: A

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Jalen Williams.
    Jalen Williams. Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Jalen Williams, Ousmane Dieng, Jaylin Williams

    Jalen Williams has been a big part of OKC hovering near the play-in tournament line this season, producing immediately as a rookie.

    In 23 games as a starter, he's putting up 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.0 steals and shooting 50.4 percent overall.

    Dieng, while selected a spot before Williams, has yet to make a similar impact. He's suited up in just 14 games thus far and is currently sidelined with a fractured wrist. More of a project, Dieng is putting up 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.4 steals in his 15.7 minutes. There should be no concern with the 19-year-old's slow start just yet.

    Jaylin Williams has yet to see the floor much, although he recently spent three games in the starting lineup. He's more of a rebounder at this point, yet showed some outside touch in a blowout win over the Boston Celtics, going 2-of-3 from deep.

    Grade: B-

Orlando Magic

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    Paolo Banchero.
    Paolo Banchero. Nic Antaya/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Paolo Banchero, Caleb Houstan

    Banchero has looked like a seasoned veteran already as a 20-year-old and should be the eventual winner of Rookie of the Year.

    He leads the Magic in scoring (21.4 points per game) while grabbing 6.7 rebounds and handing out 3.9 assists. His shooting has only gotten better as the season has progressed, which is now up to 41.1 percent from three over his last 11 games.

    Orlando should be thrilled with its selection, as Banchero's combination of size, strength and athleticism is unique even in today's NBA.

    Houston is hitting 37.3 percent of his threes as a rookie in 17.4 minutes a night. A bigger role awaits if the Magic move veterans like Terrence Ross and Gary Harris at the deadline.

    Overall, the rookies have been as good, or better, than expected thus far.

    Grade: A-

Philadelphia 76ers

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    De'Anthony Melton.
    De'Anthony Melton.Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: P.J. Tucker, De'Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell

    Not only is Tucker's usage rate (6.4 percent) the lowest in the NBA this season, it's the smallest mark in over a decade since Joel Anthony was setting screens for the Heatles in the 2010-11 season.

    This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, as the Sixers didn't sign the 37-year-old for his scoring or playmaking abilities. Still, it's a bit alarming for a player who's actually quite good at hitting open threes (37.7 percent this year) when given the opportunity.

    Melton probably didn't envision a starting job following his trade to Philly, but injuries to James Harden and Tyrese Maxey have forced the 24-year-old into a bigger role. The Sixers have used all three as starters at the same time in small opening lineups as well.

    Melton has done well in whatever role has been asked of him, posting 11.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals a night while hitting 40.3 percent of his threes.

    Harrell has been fine in a limited role behind Joel Embiid and has put up 13.2 points and 7.0 rebounds on 56.5 percent shooting in six starts.

    Grade: B+

Phoenix Suns

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    Damion Lee.
    Damion Lee. G Fiume/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Damion Lee, Jock Landale, Josh Okogie

    Lee has made one of the largest shooting improvements in a year we've ever seen, going from a 33.7 percent from deep with the Golden State Warriors last season to now leading the NBA with a 48.0 percent success rate.

    He's been a valuable bench scorer as the Suns have navigated through injuries to Devin Booker and Chris Paul this season.

    Landale is a good energy and defensive option in the second unit, and the Suns have improved by 3.0 points per 100 possessions with the 27-year-old in the game this season. His three-point shooting (11-of-47 overall, 23.4 percent) could use some work.

    Okogie is a defensive specialist, with his minus-8.8 defensive swing rating ranking in the 95th percentile overall.

    All three have been solid (albeit flawed) role players for a Phoenix team that's become neutralized by injury this season.

    Grade: B

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Hamidou Diallo (left), Gary Payton II (middle), Jerami Grant (right).
    Hamidou Diallo (left), Gary Payton II (middle), Jerami Grant (right). Amanda Loman/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Jerami Grant, Shaedon Sharpe, Gary Payton II

    The acquisition of Grant has looked like one of the offseason's best moves, as the veteran forward is giving Portland 22.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists a night while shooting 43.4 percent from three, the eighth-highest mark in the NBA.

    Now eligible to sign a four-year, $112.6 million extension, Grant and the Blazers should both want to secure a future together.

    Sharpe still has his training wheels on, which may be the best thing for his long-term development. A phenomenal athlete who plans on competing in the Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend, Sharpe is putting up 7.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting in his 19.5 minutes a game.

    A core muscle injury delayed Payton's Portland debut until last week when he chipped in seven points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 13 minutes off the bench. A healthy Payton could be a huge X-factor for the Blazers in their playoff push.

    Grade: A-

Sacramento Kings

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    Kevin Huerter (left), Malik Monk (right).
    Kevin Huerter (left), Malik Monk (right). Justin Ford/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Keegan Murray, Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk

    Murray, the December Rookie of the Month, averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 steals and shot 46.4 percent from three over 14 games to win the honor.

    He's been a full-time starter in Sacramento since his third game, giving the unit a big, athletic defender who's become a sniper from deep.

    Huerter is the starting shooting guard and is averaging a career-high 15.9 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting from three while chipping in 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

    Monk has been used as a scorer off the bench, putting up career bests of 14.1 points and 3.9 assists per contest. His three-point shooting has slipped from previous seasons (down to 32.4 percent), but overall, the Kings should be satisfied with their signing.

    Grade: A-

San Antonio Spurs

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    Jeremy Sochan.
    Jeremy Sochan. Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Blake Wesley

    Sochan is one of the most interesting rookies in the 2022 class and also one of the best.

    While he may never put up the eye-popping scoring numbers of a Paolo Banchero or a Bennedict Mathurin, Sochan is a 6'9" point forward who can handle the ball and guard nearly every position. He's already made a positive impact on both ends of the ball (rare for a rookie) and should be an important piece of the Spurs for years to come.

    Branham has shown off his scoring ability from inside the arc but is connecting on just 29.6 percent of his threes while putting up 7.0 points and 1.7 assists per game. He's gotten more playing time as of late, however, and is up to 9.5 points on 51.1 percent shooting overall over his last 12 games.

    Wesley has appeared in just two games this season, spending the majority of his playing time in the G League.

    Sochan looks like a big-time prospect, even if the other first-rounders haven't shown much yet.

    Grade: B-

Toronto Raptors

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    Otto Porter Jr.
    Otto Porter Jr.Michael Hickey/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Otto Porter Jr., Christian Koloko, Juancho Hernangómez

    A hamstring injury and now dislocated toe have caused Porter, the Raptors' big offseason signing, to play just eight games thus far this year.

    He's been solid in that limited time (5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 50.0 percent shooting in 18.3 minutes), and the Raptors desperately need him to return to a team that's stumbled to a 17-23 record.

    Koloko, a rookie center out of Arizona, has split his time between starter and reserve, giving Toronto some excellent size and rim-protecting ability. His 7.5 block percentage ranks fourth in the NBA, even ahead of players like Brook Lopez, Myles Turner and Rudy Gobert.

    Hernangómez has started 10 games as the Raptors have experimented with different lineups, yet is averaging just 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds on 26.9 percent shooting from three in those contests. He looks like an end-of-the-rotation player at best.

    Grade: C

Utah Jazz

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    Harrison Barnes (left), Lauri Markkanen (right).
    Harrison Barnes (left), Lauri Markkanen (right). Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, Kelly Olynyk

    Markkanen could win the NBA's Most Improved Player award and deserves to represent the Jazz as Utah hosts the 2023 All-Star game; he's been that good.

    With averages of 24.5 points and 8.3 rebounds on 62.1 percent shooting from two and 41.5 percent from three, Markkanen has been an ultra-efficient No. 1 scoring option for the first time in his career.

    Sexton has been solid in his return from knee surgery, currently third on the team with 14.1 points a night. He's only been a part-time starter given Jordan Clarkson's strong play and could see a bigger role if Clarkson, Mike Conley and/or Malik Beasley are moved before the trade deadline.

    Olynyk's hot early shooting has cooled a bit, but he's still knocking down threes at a 41.3 percent clip while averaging 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals a game.

    Given how much draft capital came along with their offseason additions (not to mention Beasley, Walker Kessler and others), the summer of 2022 will go down in history for the Jazz franchise.

    Grade: A+

Washington Wizards

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    Monte Morris.
    Monte Morris. Stacy Revere/Getty Images

    Top Offseason Pickups: Monte Morris, Will Barton, Johnny Davis

    Morris has performed about as expected as the starting point guard in Washington, a capable playmaker who hits his threes and rarely turns the ball over. He should still be viewed as a borderline starter, as he would look far better running a team's second unit.

    Barton has been a bit of a disappointment, lost in the collection of Wizards' wings that all take playing time away from one another. His 7.7 points per game are roughly half the amount he put up last year for the Denver Nuggets, while his 37.6 field goal percentage is a career-worst.

    Davis ranks 37th in win shares among rookies despite being the 10th overall pick in the draft, spending most of his time in the G League. It's clear he's not ready to contribute on an NBA level yet, a disappointment for a Wizards team that passed on Jalen Williams, Jalen Duren and AJ Griffin to select Davis.

    Grade: D+

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