The biggest stars in the NBA lately have been joining teams that already have stars on their team. The rationale behind this is many players, like LeBron James when he joined the Miami Heat, want to win a championship so badly that they will go anywhere to achieve the ultimate prize. There are also examples of players who have struggled on their new teams in the past. Dwight Howard joined the Los Angeles Lakes a few years ago, and many thought the Lakers were destined to be successful. The Lakers and Dwight Howard struggled, and Howard failed to build much chemistry with his Laker teammates.
Player movement is always an entertaining aspect of the NBA that ramps up during the summer time each and every year. Some players become very rich during the offseason. Other players are clinging on to a team to keep their NBA life from withering away. It is interesting to see where some of the star players of the league will end up, whether that is a new team or they stay loyal to their current teams. Joining a new team can either lead to a player being highly successful or struggling greatly in a new environment.
Here are 8 NBA players who will do well for their new team and 7 who will struggle.
15 Succeed: Al Horford
The Boston Celtics were in desperate need of filling a big void at the center position, and Al Horford is an All-Star caliber center that has filled that void. The Celtics are a team that seems to be trending upward. Horford’s former team has a big pair of shoes to fill, and the Celtics seem to be primed to be contenders in the eastern conference. Horford was only able to collect seven rebounds a game last season. He had to share the front court with Paul Millsap, who is an extremely talented rebounder.
14 Fail: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose at one point in his career was the MVP of the NBA, but his game has seemed to regress mightily ever since he reached the top of the mountain. His last season with the Bulls seemed to have a lot of drama associated with it. The relationship between the Bulls and Rose seemed to be becoming toxic, and it became so damaged that the Bulls traded Rose to the Knicks. The Knicks have been in shambles ever since Phil Jackson stepped foot in the front office.
13 Succeed: Kevin Durant
12 Fail: Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is now being seen as a potential number one option on a Mavericks team that has leaned on the scoring and leadership presence of Dirk Nowitzki for over a decade. Being a number one option in most cases involves carrying the bulk of the scoring load for your team, and also being able to perform at a high level when the game is on the line. Barnes only averaged 12 points per game last season. Most of his shots were uncontested due to him sharing the floor with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, and despite having a ton of open shots he struggled tremendously with his shot during the 2016 NBA Finals.
11 Succeed: Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade has had an incredible career as a member of the Miami Heat, but due to recent business related fights with Pat Riley, Wade has switched uniforms. The Chicago Bulls signed a hometown kid in Dwyane Wade. The Bulls were initially looking as if they would begin rebuilding, but the acquisition of Wade makes it obvious that the Bulls are reloading to make another run at being an elite team in the east. Wade was also arguably the best player for the Miami Heat during the 2015-16 NBA season.
10 Fail: Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons seemed like he was exceeding everyone’s expectations early on in his career when he was a member of the Houston Rockets. He then joined the Dallas Mavericks for a couple of seasons, and his game did not seem to get much better. Since his game has been declining in the past, it is not a reach to assume that he will struggle when he joins the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2016-17 NBA season. Many thought that Parsons had the potential to be a 20 point a game type of scorer.
9 Succeed: Dwight Howard
8 Fail: Jeremy Lin
7 Succeed: Pau Gasol
6 Fail: Serge Ibaka
5 Succeed: Rajon Rondo
4 Fail: Bismack Biyombo
3 Succeed: Jeff Teague
2 Fail: Joakim Noah
1 Succeed: Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo is often overlooked by NBA fans, but he has been an extremely productive player since he was drafted by the Orlando Magic. Just last season he averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game for a Magic team that did not have much talent to surround him with. Now he will begin playing with a team that advanced to the western conference finals last season in the Oklahoma City Thunder, and there will be plenty of shots to go around for everyone. These shots are now available due to Kevin Durant departing the Thunder in free agency. Oladipo used to share the backcourt with Elfrid Payton, but will now be playing with the dynamic Russell Westbrook. The attention that Westbrook will receive by opposing teams should give Oladipo opportunities to score at a much higher rate than he did when he played for the Orlando Magic
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