While there remain a few free agents on the market, and potentially a Ben Simmons or CJ McCollum trade in the future, the NBA offseason has come to a close. For the most part, depth charts should be unveiled by NBA franchises on the major media sites. Free-agent frenzy is always a circus of movement and this year did not disappoint with Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan all finding new destinations.
Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to analyze the movement. There might be some deals left to be made, but each team attempted to make a splash with the cost of losing a piece from last year’s arsenal. Let’s take a look at each team’s biggest addition and subtraction from the offseason.
Addition: Delon Wright
When Wright was traded to the Kings from the Pistons, Wright’s overall shooting percentages increased. In 27 games with the Kings, Wright averaged 10.0 points, shooting 46.2% from the field, including 39.8% from the three-point range. That also candles 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Overall, Wright will be a great fit for the team’s bench.
Subtraction: Tony Snell
Snell is not a major loss to the franchise despite leading the league in a three-point field goal percentage (56.9%). Snell’s attempts were one of the lowest in the league, but you have to give credit to the guy for capitalizing on his little opportunities. Snell averaged just 5.3 points per game in 21.1 minutes per game. His role can be filled by another player on the roster.
Addition: Al Horford
When it comes to stats, the numbers don’t paint a picture of what Horford brings to the locker room for this team. Since Horford has left the team, it has felt like all the pieces in Boston haven’t meshed together. Horford is going to bring a voice similar to the days of Kevin Garnett during the championship years. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown need a veteran like Horford to put everything together, and that includes first-year head coach Ime Udoka.
Subtraction: Kemba Walker
Fans in Boston will likely think that Evan Fournier is a bigger loss, but had Walker never been hurt, his tenure might have been different. Walker proved that he couldn’t handle the pressure situations. In the 2020 Conference Finals, he had multiple chances to put Boston ahead in that series against Miami but came up short multiple times. Walker remains an All-Star and the Hornets’ all-time scorer. He is a very good basketball player despite how his Boston career ended.
Addition: Patty Mills
Patty Mills is one of the most underrated bench players in the league. Outside of one season of averaging 9.9 points, Mills has averaged double-digit points in each of the last four years. That also includes shooting over 40% from the field and close to 40% from the three-point range. This is the most seasoned off-the-bench player in the league outside of Lou Williams. Mills also brings a championship pedigree having won in San Antonio. This was a clutch pickup by Brooklyn.
Subtraction: Jeff Green
Between Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving facing injuries, Green was always somehow thrust into the starting lineup or the closing minutes of the game. By the end of the year, Green was either starting as the team’s center or closing out the fourth quarter. Green will be highly missed, but the team will be able to move on with their signings of LaMarcus Aldridge and Paul Millsap.
Addition: Kelly Oubre Jr.
Last year, Oubre averaged 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. These numbers took a dip from his stellar last season in Phoenix, but these are still efficient swingman numbers. Oubre won’t have to start with the Hornets as he did with the Warriors. Oubre appeared like vintage Lou Williams at times, so having that come off the bench could help this Charlotte team.
Subtraction: Devonte’ Graham
The Hornets gave up on Graham when they drafted LaMalo Ball. Granted, Ball has the higher ceiling, but this is also the same player that averaged 18.2 points and 7.5 assists his second year in the league. Last year, his numbers dipped to 14.8 points and 5.4 assists because he split time on the court. Now that he is the full-time starter, we could see Graham’s production rise back to his sophomore levels.
Addition: DeMar DeRozan
We can’t use Nikola Vucevic because he was a trade deadline acquisition, while Lonzo Ball was also talked about in the inner circle. In the end, the pickup of DeRozan is the biggest pickup despite analysts calling this the worst addition of the offseason. DeRozan averaged over six assists per game to go with about 20.0 points per game. If DeRozan can fit, that gives the Bulls at least three players that can average over five assists a game in Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, and DeRozan. Pair that with Vuceivic, that’s some solid ball movement.
Subtraction: Thaddeus Young
The beloved point-forward shot a career-high 55.9% from the field to go with 6.2 assists. At times, Young was the central point of the offense. He was also a close friend to LaVine, who is up for a contract extension this year. With that said, DeRozan is an All-Star, while Young is a backup at this point in his career, so something had to be given to get him to Chicago.
Addition: Evan Mobley
Lauri Markkanen is the one that signed the big contract, but it’s Mobley that has the bigger upside. In the draft, scouts were comparing Mobley to Anthony Davis. Granted, we need to see Mobley put it all together, but he was a No. 1 overall prospect in high school. The Cavaliers have been said to have drafted the best overall prospect despite Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green going before him. This All-American is said to be the real deal.
Subtraction: Larry Nance Jr.
At one point, before he got hurt, Nance was leading the league in steals. Regardless, his stat line of 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 steals is a respectable year. The Trail Blazers picked up a big bench piece, but one has to wonder if Nance was worth the cost of Markkanen.
Addition: Reggie Bullock
Outside of drafted and undrafted pieces, the Mavericks had a quiet offseason that featured signing Sterling Brown and Reggie Bullock. In terms of big pickups, Bullock shot 41% from three-point range, which was his best since 2017. The Mavericks are hopeful that Bullock can provide the team with the outside shooting that Josh Richardson never did.
Subtraction: Josh Richardson
Speaking of Richardson, the Mavericks lost a defensive standout on the wing. However, the team thought they were getting a 3-and-D player, but he shot 33% from deep. In the end, the team might have upgraded with Bullock. Also, the team didn’t really lose much as Tyler Bey was their other big name free agent leaving.
Addition: Jeff Green
As noted from above, Green was a huge piece of the Nets’ rotation. The Nuggets are already going to be without Jamal Murray until at least the start of the year 2022. If Aaron Gordon were to go down with an injury, Green could slide into the spot. The hope is that Green can come off the bench by the time the Nuggets make the playoffs. Green is going to contribute a lot in the regular season to help the team get to that point.
Subtraction: JaVale McGee
This was a coin flip because the Nuggets lost McGee and Paul Millsap. At this point in his career, Millsap is on the decline. In 13 games in Denver, McGee averaged 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Neither is a huge loss, but McGee currently has more value given his ability as a rim protector.
Addition: Cade Cunningham
Cunningham was the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. He is getting the most buzz since Chauncey Billups was in town. At Oklahoma State, Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. With the roster that Detroit has, Cunningham is the first major part of the rebuilding process. He will give fans in Detroit a reason to watch despite their team still being a long way away from competing.
Subtraction: Mason Plumlee
Plumlee isn’t a player that is going to turn heads, but he did average the most points in his career since 2016. That also includes a career-high 9.3 rebounds. Plumlee should have never been a starter, but that is what happens when you join a bad team. The Pistons will miss his physicality and rebounding.
Golden State Warriors
Addition: Jonathan Kuminga
There is potential for Kuminga being one of the best picks in this draft. Kuminga was a five-star recruit in high school before spurning college and joining the G-League Ignite. He averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists for the team. There is some intrigue for what Kuminga and James Wiseman look like for the future. With the main parts of the Warriors dynasty back, the bench is starting to fill out. Kuminga could give the team a major role off the bench.
Subtraction: Kelly Oubre Jr.
One has to wonder how much Oubre really liked playing in Golden State. He had to know that his role was not going to be as big once Klay Thompson returned. Oubre wasn’t going to get as many touches with Steph Curry, Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins all playing. He could have taken less money and came off the bench, but that appears to be something he didn’t want to do.
Addition: Jalen Green
Green might have had the best overall G-League season. After the former five-star recruit declined college, he averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for the Ignite. At one point, Green recorded a season-high 30 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in a loss to the Raptors 905. Green is the first face of the franchise since James Harden left. With a rebuild in the works, Green is the best player the Rockets have moving forward.
Subtraction: Kelly Olynyk
In 27 games, Olynyk averaged 19.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. Those are impressive numbers, but it came on a bad team. After all, the Rockets were awarded with the No. 2 overall pick for a reason. Olynyk’s numbers were inflated enough that the Pistons overpaid for his services, so maybe it wasn’t a major subtraction for Houston after all.
Addition: Torrey Craig
Torrey Craig and Keifer Sykes were the only free agents to sign with the Packers that weren’t draft picks. Craig was a piece off the bench for the Suns, who made the NBA Finals last year. After being acquired from the Bucks, Craig averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 assists in 32 games.
Subtraction: Doug McDermott
McDermott and Aaron Holiday are the only players to leave the roster. McDermott averaged a career-high 13.6 points. He shot 53.2% from the field and 38.8% from the three-point range. After years of underperforming, McDermott finally showed his shooting touch which led to a rich contract from the Spurs this offseason.
Los Angeles Clippers
Addition: Eric Bledsoe
When news broke that Kawhi Leonard was likely out for most of the season, the Clippers were pretty quiet. It took the Pelicans trading Bledsoe to the Grizzlies for the Clippers to act. The team then acquired Bledsoe, who averaged 12.2 points and 3.8 assists. These were some of his lowest numbers since 2012. One can blame that Bledsoe did not fit in Stan Van Gundy’s system. When looking at his track record, we should see better numbers this year.
Subtraction: Patrick Beverley
If you are a fan of the Clippers and you are happy to see Beverley leave, are you truly a Clippers fan? Beverley is a former All-Defensive selection that might be past his prime, but he was the heart and soul of the Clippers. He endured the bad years and then shined during the team’s playoff run. He was always down to do the dirty work. There aren’t a lot of players left in the league like that.
Los Angeles Lakers
Addition: Russell Westbrook
How can you go against the man that averaged a triple-double for the fourth time in his career last year? Westbrook also has an MVP, the record for all-time triple-doubles, and is an eight-time All-Star. Altogether, the future Hall of Famer is the modern-day Oscar Robertson. As Westbrook joins LeBron James and Anthony Davis, can he finally match Robertson with that championship he has been chasing his whole career?
Subtraction: Dennis Schroder
Schroder was forced into the starting lineup after a year of coming off the bench in OKC that saw him net runner-up status in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. Schroders shooting numbers decreased, but his assists were his best since 2017. Nobody faults Schroder for trying to get paid, which ultimately failed. Schroder would have been a perfect backup to Westbrook, but the Lakers still couldn’t afford him.
Addition: Steven Adams
Can you believe that Adams isn’t even 30 yet? The 28-year old will bring postseason experience to a young group of Grizzlies. However, trading the team’s starting center that had better overall numbers was a questionable move. In the end, this move saved the team money moving forward.
Subtraction: Jonas Valanciunas
It was a career year for Valanciunas, who averaged 17.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last year. The Grizzlies were probably not going to keep Valanciunas after this year, which is the final year of his contract. The team didn’t make the playoffs last year, so they are willing to roll the dice with Adams, which again, saves the team money in the future.
Addition: Kyle Lowry
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo were already two of the better overall defensive players in the league. Then, the team signed PJ Tucker and Kyle Lowry. This could feature the best mentally tough teams in the league. Lowry brings an element that Butler already has. Doubling that aura in Miami is going to make every game worth watching.
Subtraction: Goran Dragic
To get Lowry to Miami, it cost the Heat one of their top prospects in Precious Achiuwa, but also at the expense of Goran Dragic. Dragic turns 36 at the end of next season, but he spent seven years with the Heat, earning a trip to the All-Star Game in 2018. Dragic became an emotional, veteran leader when the team made the NBA Finals. Last year, he averaged 14.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists as a backup point guard. Who knows? If he reaches a buyout in Toronto, he could make a return.
Addition: George Hill
At this point in his career, Hill is not the same starting-caliber guard that helped the Indiana Pacers make an NBA Finals run consecutive years. However, he remains a top veteran in the league. Hill had his worst points per game average since 2008 after splitting time with the Thunder and 76ers. Hill played for the Bucks in 2018 and 2019, so this should be a quick restart for him.
Subtraction: PJ Tucker
How is it a bug subtraction for a player that once played over 30 minutes and scored zero points? Tucker is a perfect example of how a box score doesn’t always tell a whole picture. The Bucks are going to miss his toughness, defense, and willingness to do the dirty work. Tucker was an emotional leader for the champion Bucks team and will truly be missed by the players and fan base.
Addition: Patrick Beverley
The Timberwolves believe that the combination of Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards is good enough to compete for a back-end playoff spot. All they need are veterans, right? Beverley might be able to whip these youngsters into shape. With a reputation for grit and toughness, the Timberwolves are hopeful that will wear off on their core.
Subtraction: Jarrett Culver
After averaging 9.2 points his rookie season, Culver saw his playing time diminish to just 14.7 minutes per game in 34 appearances. He averaged 5.3 points, but Culver is just 22 years old. He is the former No. 6 overall pick from 2019. Once a promising prospect, Culver’s NBA door shouldn’t be completely closed just yet.
New Orleans Pelicans
Addition: Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas brings more offensive power to a Pelicans team that is still searching for their identity. The team is hopeful that the addition of Devonte’ Graham and Valanciunas can pair well with Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Valanciunas is a better rebounder than Adams and will make a good frontcourt with Williamson on paper.
Subtraction: Lonzo Ball
Losing their starting point guard from the last two years is a blow. Last year, Ball had a career year offensively. The 23-year old averaged 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.5 steals. Ball also shot a career-high in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Ball never quite fit in New Orleans, so there is an argument that this is not a big loss either.
New York Knicks
Addition: Kemba Walker
The Knicks went from starting Elfrid Payton to the all-time leading scorer in Hornets history. Walker remains a four-time All-Star that is one of the best guards in the league when healthy. Pairing Walker with Randle gives the Knicks a true superstar duo. This also allows Derrick Rose to come off the bench, a role that saw great success with the team last year.
Subtraction: Reggie Bullock
The Knicks lost just two players from last year’s team in Bullock and Payton. By the end of the year, Payton was out of the rotation, while Bullock was a spot-up shooter. The team replenished the need with Evan Fournier. It was a pretty successful offseason for the Knicks.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Addition: Josh Giddey
The Thunder remains a few years away from competing at a high level again. Extending Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was one step. Adding to the core, the Thunder drafted Josh Giddey, who averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds for the NPL last year. Giddey was the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft and will be one of the four youngest players in the league.
Subtraction: Al Horford
Horford has been gone from the team for a while, but he had a mark with the franchise. In 28 games, Horford averaged 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. Horford didn’t fit with the team’s long-term plans, but he remains a valued veteran that could have provided support for a group of youngsters had he not wanted to chase down a title.
Addition: Jalen Suggs
Franz Wagner could be a critical pickup, but Suggs has the highest ceiling. Suggs averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for Gonzaga last year, who finished as the National Runner-Up. For the first time since maybe Hedo Turkoglu, the Magic have a true shooting guard.
Subtraction: Otto Porter Jr.
Porter played three games for the Magic, but the only losses from the Magic this offseason were Porter and Dwayne Bacon. Porter is the biggest name despite averaging 8.0 points and shooting 11% from outside in 22.0 minutes per game.
Addition: Andre Drummond
Drummond is a real conundrum right now. After averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds for the Cavaliers, his role diminished, he didn’t play for a long period, and then he joined the Lakers, where he eventually never fit in. Now, he is Joel Embiid’s backup just one year removed from leading the league in rebounding three consecutive years? This could be a huge addition to the team’s second unit, but ultimately, it’s Drummond who will have to prove he has worth in this league after signing a one-year deal.
Subtraction: Dwight Howard
Since Ben Simmons remains on the team, we have to look at players that left the team. Despite turning 36 years old in December, Howard proved he can still fill the void of a backup center if needed. Howard averaged 7.0 points and 8.4 rebounds last year in 17.3 minutes per game. Howard remains a high-energy substitution that should be missed in Philly, especially since he is rejoining the Lakers where he won a championship in 2020.
Addition: JaVale McGee
It was a pretty lackluster offseason outside of re-signing Chris Paul. The only other additions were Elfrid Payton, Landry Shamet, and JaVale McGee. Bringing in McGee will give Deandre Ayton a true veteran backup center. McGee owns a championship pedigree, having played with some of the best players in the league. He improves the frontcourt depth and gives the second unit a true rim protector.
Subtraction: Torrey Craig
The Suns lost just Jevon Carter and Craig from last year’s roster. Craig wasn’t anything special on offense, but he was the occasional spot-up shooter that could play defense with the second unit. The Suns are going to be okay if this was truly their biggest loss.
Portland Trail Blazers
Addition: Larry Nance Jr.
The Trail Blazers were rumored to be trading Damian Lillard, but Lillard himself shot down those rumors. His biggest issue is that Portland wasn’t bringing in a great supporting cast. In their best effort, the team traded for Nance, which cost a first-round pick. Nance will be a great sub for Robert Covington and could even play the five if the Trail Blazers wanted to play small ball by taking out Jusef Nurkic.
Subtraction: Carmelo Anthony
Anthony resurrected his career in Portland after nearly retiring. The fan base loved his effort and his transition towards being a team player. He was also a pretty great teammate to the team. Anthony also was one of the team’s better outside shooters. The team essentially replaced him with Tony Snell. Who would you rather have?
Addition: Davion Mitchell
One could argue that Davion Mitchell was the most important player on the Baylor National Championship team. Mitchell was not the best overall offensive player, but he was the most complete player. Scouts rave about his defense. At first glance, he looks like someone who could grow into a player like Patrick Beverley. Having a true point guard will allow De’Aaron Fox to move to shooting guard, which would be a great move if the team is going to trade Buddy Hield before the deadline.
Subtraction: Delon Wright
The Kings lost Wright and Hassan Whiteside from last year’s team. Whiteside never fit in with Luke Walton despite coming off an impressive season the year before. Since Whiteside was not coming back, the biggest loss was Wright, who shot a respectable three-point field goal percentage and added double digits off the bench.
San Antonio Spurs
Addition: Thaddeus Young
The real irony is that 72-year old Greg Popovich is going to be coaching a Spurs starting lineup that features one true NBA veteran in Doug McDermott. Thaddeus Young is one of the most beloved locker room players in the league. He is coming off a career season in field goal percentage and assists. For a young, rebuilding Spurs team, Young is going to have an impact on the team on and off the court.
Subtraction: DeMar DeRozan
The Spurs weren’t all that competitive last year, but DeRozan still averaged 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. He is one of the better mid-range shooters in the league. Replacing 20 points per night isn’t easy, especially when you have a group of players who have never done it before.
Addition: Precious Achiuwa
The Raptors have come a long way since winning their first title in franchise history in 2019. When we mean a long way, we mean in the opposite direction. The contracts to Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet look horrible from a business standpoint. The Raptors missed the playoffs last year with a roster that looks like it is in shambles. With a restart in Scottie Barnes, Achiuwa was another young piece that could help develop into the future core of the team.
Subtraction: Kyle Lowry
Lowry is the Toronto Raptors. When we look back in time, we will remember that Vince Carter, DeMar DeRozan, and Chris Bosh were great overall players there. However, Lowry stayed for the long haul, helped lead the rise of the Raptors into contention, and then was the emotional leader for the team winning their first championship. His grit and work ethic will never be forgotten and he will likely get a standing ovation the first time he returns to Canada.
Addition: Hassan Whiteside
As noted above, Whiteside could be a great addition to the Jazz. In 2019-2020, Whiteside averaged 15.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 30.0 minutes of action in 67 games. Then, he joined the Kings and averaged 8.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 15.2 minutes in 36 games. The Jazz already has the best overall defensive center in the league in Rudy Gobert. If Whiteside can replicate some form of his success from two years ago as a reserve, the Jazz will have the best first and second unit centers in the league. Shoutout to Rudy Gay, who was also another great pickup, while Jared Butler could be the steal of the draft.
Subtraction: Derrick Favors
Whiteside has the potential to be a better version of Favors, which provides optimism for the team. Favors averaged 5.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as a reserve for Utah last year. It was his second stint with the team, but the team traded him to the Thunder for salary cap reasons, which ultimately helped the team resign Mike Conley Jr.
Addition: Kyle Kuzma
Out of all the players the Wizards acquired this year, who has the most upside? The answer is easily Kuzma, who averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and shot 45.6% from the field two years ago. He is 26 years old and remains in the prime of his career. Kuzma’s totals took a dip the last two years because he moved to the bench to help the Lakers win a title. Now, he will be back in a starting role and could be a lethal scoring duo with Bradley Beal.
Subtraction: Russell Westbrook
Say what you want about the Wizards’ first-round playoff exit, but the team probably doesn’t even make it without Westbrook production. Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists for the fourth triple-double of his career. Those numbers don’t grow on trees. The team lost a future Hall of Famer that could have worked out with Beal given another year. Instead, the team was willing to roll the dice by adding depth at the expense of a superstar.
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