The league saw more players change teams this offseason than ever before and not everyone on a new team is contributing equally. Let’s take a look at which players are adding the most value to their new squads (ranking via NBAMath’s TPA*).
- Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
- Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
- Aron Baynes, Phoenix Suns
- Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
- Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
- Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers
- Al Horford, Philadelphia 76ers
- Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
- Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
- Delon Wright, Dallas Mavericks
*Entering Thursday night’s contest
As I wrote in my weekly notebook for NBA Math, there are some surprises on the list. Baynes is chief among them, as the center has found additional playing time thanks to the Deandre Ayton suspension. The 32-year-old was acquired by the Suns in what essentially amounted to a salary dump (Phoenix also netted a first-rounder from the deal) and the fact that he’s been able to step up has significantly contributed to the Suns’ hot start.
So this leads us to tonight’s community shootaround question: Now that we have over a week of action in the books, Which non-star player on a new team do you feel will contribute the most this year and which star (in a new uniform) will have the biggest impact?
Take to the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions. We look forward to what you have to say!