This summer's NBA Free Agency has followed the trend we have seen for the past couple of years, as more stars are on the move in what could be the most intriguing summer of them all. Big names will be on the move, and this upcoming NBA season is going to have some fun storylines that a lot of people are going to enjoy watching. Many NBA teams have made moves this offseason to get better, but we have seen a lot of free agency signings go wrong over the NBA's long history. Free agency is a great time for teams in the league to upgrade certain positions or even add a big piece to help make them a championship contender. A lot of money is being thrown around during free agency, and guys throughout the league are going to get paid big money to produce for the team they sign with.
In this article, we will be looking at 20 NBA players, 10 of them will thrive on their new team this season and 10 of them who will fail. These players will be joining entirely new systems and their game that worked at one organization may not be able to work with their new team, that just how it goes.
As always, feel free to leave any comments you have on this article in the comment section below as would love to hear your thoughts. Here are 10 NBA free agents who will thrive on their new team and 10 who will fail. Enjoy!
20 Succeed: DeMarcus Cousins - Golden State Warriors
This was the biggest surprise of free agency, as no one expected DeMarcus Cousins to sign with the defending world champion Golden State Warriors.
Cousins won't be able to suit up for at least the first few months of the season, but once he is ready, we are going to see a new Warriors team that will be even harder to beat.
Cousins will absolutely thrive alongside his other all-star teammates, and will be getting such easy looks inside due to the pressure the defense will have to put on the shooters of Golden State. This is going to be scary.
19 Struggle: Nerlens Noel - Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel was one of the bigger young names in the league during his time in Philadelphia, but injuries and the inability to score is what held him back from being a star in the NBA. He played for the Mavs last season, but decided to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder to compete for a championship in the Western Conference. The Thunder already have big men they find more valuable than Noel in Steven Adams and Jerami Grant who played well for them. Noel may have had more success playing with the young Mavericks this season.
18 Succeed: Mario Hezonja - New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja was a big prospect when he was coming into the league from overseas, scouts thinking that he could be one of the top scorers in the league. The Magic were one of the teams who were very high on the young forward, which is why they selected him with the 5th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Hezonja never developed the way Magic fans wanted him to at all, which is why he will thrive with his new team in the Knicks as he may finally be able to tap into his potential.
17 Struggle: LeBron James - Los Angeles Lakers
Yes, you have read this right, LeBron James will fail on the Los Angeles Lakers.
LeBron expected to join the team with some new superstar teammates like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, however, it looks as though he will be a one-man show along with the Lakers' young core.
This will be the first time LeBron James doesn't make it to The Finals in almost a decade, and while his stats will most likely shine, a move to the Lakers is a big deal, and championships are expected to follow. If LeBron wants to be considered the greatest of all-time, and glory is something that seems impossible in the Western Conference for the Lakers.
16 Succeed: Tyreke Evans - Indiana Pacers
Tyreke Evans is going to fit with the Indiana Pacers nicely, as they are a fast run and gun style team, something that Evans thrives in. Evans had a very good year with the Memphis Grizzlies last season, and it was a great move to jump that dying ship to join a promising team in the Eastern Conference such as the Indiana Pacers. While he may come off the bench behind of Victor Oladipo, he will thrive nonetheless. With the Cavaliers expected to plummet in the standings this season, the Pacers could actually be a lot more dangerous than people expect going into this season.
15 Struggle: Tony Parker - Charlotte Hornets
Tony Parker's long career with the San Antonio Spurs was anything but a fail, however, his time with the Charlotte Hornets will be, as his decision to sign there for two seasons was a shock to many. Everyone expected Parker to end his career with the Spurs, and that would have been the right decision for Parker, as the Hornets will not be competing for a championship, and he will not be getting that many minutes behind Kemba Walker. The Hornets' decision to sign Parker was a bit of a head scratcher, as they are a team that needs to rebuild, rather than add veterans.
14 Succeed: Julius Randle - New Orleans Pelicans
Julius Randle was one of the most valuable young pieces on the Lakers organization, and we believe he got out of LA at the right time, because when LeBron comes to town, everything changes and it's not always in the good way for his teammates.
With DeMarcus Cousins off the Pelicans roster, Randle will have minutes to play big man for New Orleans alongside Anthony Davis.
A great young front-court for the Pelicans as Randle will most likely thrive in his new uniform this season. Not only that, his ascension may make the Lakers regret forfeiting his rights.
13 Struggle: Rajon Rondo - Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo was one of the biggest stars in the league during his time with the Boston Celtics years ago. He has since played with a multitude of NBA teams, but has now signed with the new look Los Angeles Lakers where he will team up with LeBron James. The reason Rondo will fail however, is the fact that he needs the ball in his hands to produce, and he will be playing behind ball handlers in LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. Rondo usually needs big minutes to put up numbers, so maybe he can crack the starting spot so he can thrive which most likely won't happen.
12 Succeed: Wilson Chandler - Philadelphia 76ers
Wilson Chandler was basically a signing for the 76ers, as they had to take on his contract in a trade where they gave the Nuggets nothing. Chandler was one of the best players on the Nuggets due to his versatility, and he is going to be a welcomed addition to what Philadelphia is putting together. He will thrive off the bench for the 76ers, as they needed a scoring punch off the bench and Chandler can be that guy for them. This is a win-win situation for both sides, as Chandler's value will only climb on a contending team like Philly.
11 Struggle: Michael Carter-Williams - Houston Rockets
This was one of the more confusing signings of this summer's free-agency period. Michael Carter-Williams was rookie of the year a few seasons ago after his awesome season with the 76ers, but his career was all downhill from there as his weaknesses on the court began to pile up.
The Rockets decided to sign MCW as their back up point-guard to play behind Chris Paul.
I don't see Williams being a good fit for Houston, as he can't shoot the ball from deep which will hurt their second unit going forward. Look for his minutes to decrease as the season goes on.
10 Succeed: Dwight Howard - Washington Wizards
This was one of the Wizards' best moves in recent memory, as they have been looking for a solid big man to replace Marcin Gortat for a while now. Dwight Howard is that guy for them, and he will have a great year playing with guard superstars John Wall and Bradley Beal. They badly needed a complementary piece for their two stars and they got him.
Howard had a great season with the Hornets last year, and we expect him to build off of that as he moves to another team in the Eastern Conference for the 2019-20 NBA season.
9 Struggle: Zaza Pachuilia - Detroit Pistons
Zaza Pachulia has been one of the most detested players in the league for a few seasons now, due to the fact he is a dirty player on the court and just not likeable in general. He was getting carried to championships with Golden State, and he will most likely fail in his new role as a back up center in Detroit. He is a solid passer for the big man position, but he will find it a lot harder to get Pistons to make shots than his former Warrior teammates. It's a little baffling as to how Detroit felt he was an upgrade for them.
8 Succeed: Brook Lopez - Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez had a solid season with the Lakers last year after being traded from the Brooklyn Nets, but he decided to sign with the Bucks rather than stick around for the new look Lakers with LeBron James.
While he would have most likely thrived in L.A., Lopez will be a much needed addition to the Bucks.
They are looking for a big man to run alongside Giannis who can score the ball, something that Brook Lopez definitely knows how to do. This is just one of several more moves the Bucks have to make to be considered contenders, but it was a step in the right direction.
7 Struggle: Jeff Green Washington Wizards
Jeff Green is one of the league's better small forwards and is often overlooked in that regard, however, the Wizards was not the right team for him. The Wizards are stacked on forwards as of now, and Green is going to find that he will be fighting for minutes on a team who really isn't even contending at this point for an actual championship. They're likely in for another quick first round exit as a low playoff seed in the east.
A lot of other teams needed forwards much more than the Wizards, which is why his time there will be forgotten.
6 Succeed: Mike Scott - Los Angeles Clippers
Mike Scott was a legitimate scoring threat for the Washington Wizards last year, and it is definitely a blow for the Wizards with him signing elsewere. He will be joining the Clippers for this upcoming season, and will most likely be in the same role for the Los Angeles Clippers, but that doesn't mean he can't thrive there.
He will have a solid season playing behind Tobias Harris for the Clippers as they fight to stay afloat in the competitive Western Conference. Perhaps a change of scenery is exactly what Scott needed to take the next step in his career.
5 Struggle: Trevor Ariza - Phoenix Suns
Trevor Ariza was in a perfect position playing with the Houston Rockets, as his three and D abilities were a great fit along the great players they have their.
He has decided to leave one of the best teams for the Suns, who will certainly struggle in the Western Conference despite having some good young players.
Ariza will be looked upon to do more for Phoenix being one of their lone veterans, and this could end up being the wrong move unless he is able to step up his game to another level, something he didn't have to do in Houston.
4 Succeed: Lance Stephenson - Los Angeles Lakers
Lance Stephenson lives for the big moments in the NBA, and now, being a Laker, he will find that every moment on the court feels like a big moment. He will be a good fit alongside LeBron James in Los Angeles, and will be a nice spark for the team moving forward. Yes, he and LeBron had their issues in the past, but they're both professionals and will move past it.
Lance Stephenson has been a do it all player since entering the league, and he will most likely be fighting deep into the playoffs with his new teammates, who will love having Stephenson on their team rather than the opposing one.
3 Struggle: DeAndre Jordan - Dallas Mavericks
DeAndre Jordan was the final piece of their big three to move on from the Los Angeles Clippers, as the Lob City era is officially over.
He has now signed with the Dallas Mavericks, the team he said he was going to sign with a couple of seasons ago but changed his mind at the last second.
Jordan will start at center and play with the very young backcourt that Dallas has in Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic, and he will find that playing with a unproven, young team will hurt his chances of getting set up for easy scores like he has been used to.
2 Succeed: Javale McGee - Los Angeles Lakers
Javale McGee made a great decision on signing with the new emerging contender in the West in the Lakers. McGee played two seasons with the Warriors where he actually made an impact during the playoffs, and it looks as though he will be battling his old team deep into the Western Conference playoffs.
The Warriors also added all-star center to the fold, and that would have cut down on McGee's minutes, whereas the Lakers are looking for a center to play some big minutes for them. Of all the Lakers' new signees to join LeBron, McGee may end up benefitting the most from the switch to L.A.
1 Struggle: Jose Calderon - Detroit Pistons
This could be the final move that Jose Calderon gets to make in this league, as we have been expecting his retirement for a few seasons now as he is one of the older players in this league playing a position that needs speed and agility. Calderon played some key minutes last year with the Cleveland Cavaliers behind LeBron James, and has now signed with the Detroit Pistons, who already have a multitude of guards. Jose will not be getting very much time at all on the court this season and may finally end up retiring next year.
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