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The younger Kyle Korver (six years at $25 million) is a good option as a shooter off the bench, but the 12-year veteran Piatkowski is the better value. He's a career 40.1% marksman from beyond the three-point arc--his instant offense recalls that of Steve Kerr during the Bulls' run of titles--and he will accept any role. To wit: He stayed with the Clippers for nine seasons.
Nobody else on this squad can match his fearlessness in crunch time (not that there will be many close games with this group). He's cocky enough to come off the bench, demand the ball and beat the buzzer with a three-pointer. The 2004 Finals MVP with the Pistons, Billups is the perfect answer to Robert Horry, a.k.a. Big Shot Bob.
PG LUKE RIDNOUR
Entering his third season, this runner-and-gunner has the look of a young Nash. He needs to improve his jump shot, but he's a magical ball handler who makes brilliant decisions in the open court. For a 24-year-old, Ridnour also has exceptional leadership skills. His teammates will barely notice that Nash has left the floor.