There are various players, scattered on many rosters, that would do better in another atmosphere. Many players are stuck in unfavorable circumstances - deemed as incapable of reaching full potential. This phenomenon has been relevant since the NBA began.
If players were able to have more autonomy in choosing what team they end up playing for, the league would be insane. Unsuccessful athletes would flock to the best teams, and superstars would come together. If you did not like when LeBron and Bosh went to the Heat in 2010, then try to imagine a significant proportion of NBA teams with multiple superstars. This would leave many cities stuck with horrible players, which would not help them in any regard, considering the NBA draft would be meaningless. As a result of this hypothetical situation, bad teams would never become any good, or they rarely would progress, and good teams would stay good large amounts of time. Players would choose where to play based on other roster depth and city atmosphere. The best stars would flock to Los Angeles, Miami, and Orlando - leaving cities like Indianapolis with a bad franchise.
This list encompasses some of the league's best talent - players who would prosper if they were in another situation. Here are 15 NBA players who would be better on a different team.
15 Kemba Walker
14 Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio has been with Minnesota since he entered the NBA in 2011. He is having a good season, averaging 10.9 PPG and 8.9 APG. He is known for his passing abilities, as evident from his double-double average. The Wolves are going nowhere any time in the near future. Currently 12th in the Western Conference, they do have potential but are not ready to become a real contender. They have Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, two athletes who have already made an impact in the NBA. Rubio is a veteran player, who has been playing professional basketball since 2005 with DKV Joventut Badalona.
13 Rodney Hood
Hood is doing well with the Jazz, averaging a solid 13.1 PPG. This is a number that could be up. Hood is on a Utah team that is playing at the top of their game, currently in fourth place in the Western Conference. Hood has been paired with two athletic big men, Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward. Though both players are beneficial to his development as a young athlete, Hood has enough skill to go to another team and make a nice improvement. If he were to go to another team, it is possible that he could be recognized as the number two guy.
12 Reggie Jackson
Jackson is averaging a steady 14.9 PPG, 5.3 APG, and 2.2 RPG this NBA season. The Pistons are hovering near a playoff spot, competing with the Heat and Bulls for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Pistons have some potential, but obviously Jackson has began to develop into a prominent guard. At 6-foot-3, he is very mobile on the court. He is currently paired with Andre Drummond and Tobias Harris - two athletic big men who have the ability to take control of a game down low. Though it would be nice to see Reggie Jackson build a playoff contending team in Detroit, it would be interesting to see him transition to a more consistent offense.
11 Mike Conley
Many scouts could not have envisioned Mike Conley would be so dominant in the NBA. Conley is averaging 20 PPG an 6.3 APG to possibly lead his team to a playoff spot. The Grizzlies are battling for a playoff spot with the Thunder, and may be able to catch the Clippers as well. He just signed a monster deal with the Grizzlies, the greatest salary an NBA player has ever made. Conley will make an insane $153 million in a five year span. Obviously, he would be crazy to opt out of this contract. But if he should do so, his star power would grow.
10 Julius Randle
Since his successful career with the controversial John Calipari, at the University of Kentucky, Randle has asserted himself as a versatile big man. In the NBA, he has continued to be a threat down low or at the perimeter. The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 13 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 0.5 BPG per game. He is one of the Lakers' best options right now, considering other big men have not worked out for them - Roy Hibbert to name one. In the last 10 games, he has shot a solid .447% from the field.
9 Greg Monroe
Monroe has been a good addition to the Bucks roster. He is averaging 11.8 PPG this season and making $16.41 million a year - on a three year contract. Some argue he was better suited to remain a Piston, but this is not totally proven yet. I think Greg Monroe has had some good parts of his career, and of course some not so good. This is evident from his $35,000 punch at Nick Young recently versus the Lakers.
8 Dario Saric
Saric has been very productive in Philadelphia. Being a 76ers fan myself, as painful as it has been, I am taught to trust the process. He is on a $2 million contract currently putting up 12.6 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Sixers fans have been pleased with his performance thus far. With Ben Simmons nursing an injury, it has been great for the team to get extra help. Saric should consider the idea of going to another team, and though I wouldn't want that to happen, realistically, he has proven himself as a very good player.
7 Evan Fournier
Fournier has continued his upward trend of success in the 2016-17 NBA season. He is currently averaging 16.9 PPG, 3.1 APG, and 3.2 RPG. The Magic are having another dreadful season, sitting at 14th in the Eastern Conference. Fournier has established himself as a reliable option for Orlando. They do not have much star power currently - so he has made himself a viable shooter. In the last 10 games, he has shot .440% from the perimeter, a respectable shooting percentage by any measure. He is currently on a five-year, $17 million per year contract. He brings height, athleticism, and strength to the basketball court.
6 Buddy Hield
When you think of Buddy Hield, you most surely think of his legendary career with Oklahoma. In college, he was an absolute threat from the perimeter, a player who could basically score from anywhere on the court . He is unfortunately not utilized to his full potential with the Kings. He is second on the depth chart behind Aaron Afflalo, a veteran guard who spent a large portion of his career with the Pistons. The Kings do not have much talent. They rely heavily on Tyreke Evans and Rudy Gay - two players who are past their prime (more so Rudy Gay).
5 Rudy Gobert
NBA fans have taken note of what Gobert has been doing lately. In Utah, he is averaging 13.2 points per game, 12.8 rebounds per game, and 2.6 blocks per game. Scouts could not have predicted the high level of play he has shown down low. The Jazz are doing solid right now, sitting at fourth in the Western Conference. Gobert has the help of Hayward and Rodney Hood, two athletes who have been proven time and time again. I would be interested to see if Gobert would consider leaving Utah.
4 Damian Lillard
This guy needs to go elsewhere. Though the Trail Blazers are not having the worst season, their sub.500 record has them out of a playoff spot. Lillard has emerged as an unbelievably athletic and versatile guard. He is averaging MVP numbers, currently at 26.8 PPG, 5.8 APG, and 4.8 RPG. He is a multi-combo guard who would prosper on another team - one that has a legitimate chance of winning a championship. This is not to say that he is having a bad season; it is quite the opposite this year.
3 Devin Booker
Booker is stuck in a very bad situation with the Suns. Though they may get some good talent in the future, it is unfortunate that he is on a team that is 14th in the Western Conference. He is averaging 20.9 PPG this season, 3.1 RPG, and 3.2 APG. He is also playing big minutes in Phoenix - usually getting in around 45 minutes per game. He has little help and must rely on himself for a large portion of games. The Suns lack depth and rely on Bledsoe and Booker for significant production. He has been struggling with some injuries lately, but overall, is having a pretty healthy year. Booker needs to leave this team.
2 Andrew Wiggins
The Timberwolves currently sit at 12th in the west, something Minnesota natives are not too happy about - especially with the talent they have. They have done a fantastic job of stockpiling draft packs, getting college basketball talent such as Towns, Wiggins, Dunn, and Dieng. Though it might be wise for Wiggins to stay in Minnesota and wait for the potential culmination of the roster's talent, he would better his career by getting ahead of the game. Wiggins should sign somewhere to be on a championship contending team, like Houston. It can't be unbelievably fun living in Minnesota, especially considering the team hasn't been very good for some time.
1 Draymond Green
The Warriors are a championship contending team and by no means is Draymond having a bad season. He is almost averaging a triple double, raking in 10.3 PPG, 8.1 APG, and 7.2 APG. He is kind of stuck in a team that is loaded with talent, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Andre Iguodala. In an ever changing NBA landscape, in which players frequently move cities, Green would profit from going elsewhere. Not only that, but he will see a major increase in statistic upward trend. He is only scoring a minimal 10.3 points per game because he is combined with some of the game's best talent in the Bay Area. Though it is fun to remain on a successful team, as it should be, he should truly consider relocating to another city - one where he is the star of its basketball team.
The Rockets would be a fantastic option for Draymond, a team where he would receive a lot of attention. Another option could be Boston, where Celtics fans would love his presence.
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