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Top 15 NBA Players Who Found Life On A New Team

When players go to another team, whether it's through trades, free agency or drafts, it is either going to bad or good, there is really no in-between. Either that player is going to help their team get better or not. Transitioning to another team is not an easy task, on or off the court. The players have to adjust to new teammates, the coaching staff, management, fans, and the new arena that they have to play in. Then players also have to move their family to a whole new location and residency, which also takes some time.

The most important part is adjusting to playing in a new system with new players. Coming to a new team, players have to start all over again, trying to impress their new coaches, team, fans, and management. It's like coming out of college and getting drafted because everybody will pay attention to how well you perform, deciding whether they made the right choice or not.

Some players have went to teams with little success. Maybe they didn't get along with a coach or teammate, or maybe they just weren't a good fit for the type of system that team was trying to run at the time. Then there are the players that get a shot with a new team and finally get to display their talent. They know at the time that this is a big opportunity to step up for a team and reach the ultimate goal, winning an NBA Championship. These are the players that took advantage of the opportunity that was handed to them.

15 J.J. Redick 

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14 Marcus Morris 

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13 Al-Farouq Aminu

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12 DeMarre Carroll

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11 Paul Millsap

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10 Isaiah Thomas

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9 Reggie Jackson

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8 Ish Smith

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7 Brandon Knight

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6 Will Barton

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5 Marcin Gortat

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4 Hassan Whiteside

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3 Eric Bledsoe 

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2 Tobias Harris 

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1 James Harden

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During the 2011-12 season, James Harden was named the Sixth Man of the Year and helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals. After the Thunder lost 4-1 to the Miami Heat and Harden did not show up for the Finals, he was offered a contract of around $55 million. Harden felt he deserved more money and took a five-year, $78.7 million contract with the Houston Rockets.  In his four season with the Rockets, Harden has led his team to the playoffs every season, including the Western Conference Finals last season, and was runner-up to Stephen Curry last season for the MVP Award. Harden has showed that he is more than a man off the bench and could lead a team, which he is currently doing.

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