5 Minute Guide to '09-10 season (cont.)
8 good buys to be had
Chris Kaman, Clippers
Yi Jianlian, Nets
Andres Nocioni, Kings
Tracy McGrady, Rockets
Carlos Boozer, Jazz
Andrei Kirilenko, Jazz
Andray Blatche, Wizards
Josh Smith, Hawks
In general terms, the Warriors need more defense and the Bucks need more offense. Now let's go deeper ...
C: The Pistons need a low-post scorer and shot-blocker here.
8 no-brainer acquisitions
All of these newcomers should help:
Ron Artest: What did the Lakers lack? Toughness.
Richard Jefferson: He should be a perfect fit at both ends of the floor for the Spurs.
Vince Carter: A scorer and playmaker who raises the Magic's talent level.
Rasheed Wallace: He strengthens the Celtics in a number of areas, starting with defense.
Hedo Turkoglu: He'll create mismatches and provide a second ball-handler to Toronto.
Mike Miller and Randy Foye: The acquisition of these two solidifies the Wizards' rise back into contention.
Stephen Curry: The No. 7 pick in the draft will score a lot of points in Don Nelson's offense.
Tyreke Evans: The finesse Kings began to transform the franchise by using the No. 4 pick on a tough point guard with the potential to physically dominate the opposition.
5 acquisitions that will be watched closely
Some around the league are questioning these newcomers:
Shaquille O'Neal: Will he slow the tempo and clog the lane for LeBron? I think he'll ultimately do far more good than harm to Cleveland.
Ben Gordon: Will he coexist with Richard Hamilton? The important thing to remember here is that the Pistons are just beginning to reinvent their roster, with more moves to come that will change team chemistry.
Emeka Okafor/Tyson Chandler: The trade that sent Okafor from Charlotte to New Orleans will provide an opportunity to study the merits of each big man in a new setting.
Shawn Marion: After his numbers dropped the last year and a half with Miami and Toronto, Marion has a chance to restore his value while being reunited with Jason Kidd in Dallas.
Andre Miller: Brandon Roy needs the ball as much as Miller. It will be interesting to see how two smart players work this one out together in Portland.
4 under-the-radar issues
Marquis Daniels: The Celtics need him to help at the point, but the 6-6 Daniels has missed 141 games in six seasons. Will he stay healthy?
Courtney Lee: Now that the Nets are counting on him for big minutes at shooting guard, can he become his generation's Raja Bell?
Scott Skiles: Michael Redd is surrounded by a bunch of hustling defenders. Can an NBA team earn respect without scoring?
Jonny Flynn, Ramon Sessions and Ricky Rubio: How will the first two progress in Minnesota? Will they be overshadowed by Rubio at Barcelona?
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