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Do you know what players have switched teams over the summer or are new to the NBA? We’ve tried to exclude the rookies as much as possible, as they were drafted into their teams, and most teams have had a lot of other interesting additions as well.

Toronto Raptors

Kawhi Leonard

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Leonard remains something of a wildcard, as he barely played any minutes last season, and refused to play for the Spurs any longer. He didn’t agree with his trade to Toronto, but he has made clear that he will start with a clean slate with the Raptors.

Danny Green

Green was part of the Raptors/Spurs trade this summer, so he’ll definitely need some time to adapt to his new team. Green was already a fast paced team player, so if all goes well, he should fit in great with the Raptors.

Boston Celtics

Robert Williams

Wiliams will have a rocky start to his NBA career now that he is still recovering from his knee injury, but he has said that he’ll be ready for the camp. The Celtics do already have a strong roster, so it’s still the question whether he can earn himself a spot in the rotation.

P.J. Dozier

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He was signed to a two-way contract with the Celtics, and therefore Dozier will have the entire season to prove his worth to the Celtics. He already had a two-way contract with the Thunder last season, so there’s definitely still some potential there.

Philadelphia 76ers

Wilson Chandler

Chandler will be of importance in the rotation, but we still have to wait and see how exactly he can fit in with the talented 76ers. He’ll definitely start off the bench behind Covington, but Brown is a fair coach and will definitely give him the minutes he deserves and earns throughout the season.

Mike Muscala

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Muscala can play on several positions, and that’s exactly what the 76ers need. He can play on either the four or five position, same as Ilyasova did last year, so now he’ll only have to prove that he can be an asset when hes’ on the court.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Sam Dekker

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Dekker will get the opportunity to earn a lot of minutes in the rotation, and that’s exactly what he needs to improve his skills. Of course, the Cavs are missing a real ‘star’ on the roster, so it remains a question what they’ll be able to do this season.

Collin Sexton

His fellow rookies picked him as one of the favorites for being the ROY next season, so there will be a lot of expectations for him. Of course, it will be more of a rebuilding year for the Cavs now that LeBron has left for the Lakers.

Indiana Pacers

Doug McDermott

McDermott didn’t get a lot of offers this off season, except for the Pacers, so they both got a good deal out of him. McDermott can bring a lot to the table with the second unit, but it’s always a guess what exactly he can do for the team.

Kyle O’Quinn

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O’Quinn was done with the Knicks, and therefore denied the player option he had with them. He knows the Paces will be more competitive than the Knicks were last year, and that was exactly what he wanted.

Miami Heat

Malik Newman

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Newman had first signed a two-way contract with the Lakers, but he was waived soon after. Now, a couple of weeks later, he has signed a contract with the Heat. As the deal was not made public, it’s expected that it’s a training camp deal, so Newman has to prove himself during the camp.

Duncan Robinson

Robinson has secured a two-way deal, but he’s convinced that he can turn it into a standard contract before the season starts. We haven’t seen a lot of him, but he will surely try to impress the Heat staff and fight for that last roster spot.

 Milwaukee Bucks

Ersan Ilyasova

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Ilyasova had a good couple of months with the 76ers, but he decided to go with another team for the upcoming season. He already played for them between 2005-2007 and 2009-2015 so it’s not a very surprising move. We’ll have to wait and see what kind of minutes Ilyasova will get.

Brook Lopez

Lopez will probably be the first center for the Bucks, and he’s also not a standard center, as he can also play more from the outside. This leaves more space for Antetokounmpo and that’s exactly what the Bucks want.

Washington Wizards

Dwight Howard

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Howard will yet again play for a different club in the NBA. We will have to wait and see how this move will work out for both the Wizards and Howard. He’s definitely different than Gortat and the Wizards hope they can speed up the game with him on the court.

Austin Rivers

Rivers will start on the bench with the Wizards, but he’ll get enough minutes behind Wall and Beal. This will be different than the starting position he had with the Clippers, but he’ll probably fit in well.

Detroit Pistons

Zaza Pachulia

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The Warriors weren’t willing to offer Pachulia another contract after he lost his minutes in the playoffs to the other centers on the team. So, he had no other choice than to move on to a different team. With the Pistons, he’ll be the back-up of Andre Drummond.

José Calderon

Calderon will be a back-up for Reggie Jackson with the Pistons, but he’ll probably spend the same amount of time on the bench as he did last year with the Cavaliers.

Charlotte Hornets

Tony Parker

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Parker will be a great back-up center for the Hornets this year, and he can teach the younger Hornets a lot of skills during his time there. He’ll probably won’t play a lot of minutes, around 15 per game, but that’s enough for Parker.

Bismack Biyombo

The battle of who is going to be the starting center for the Hornets will be interesting to see this season. None of the three players, Biyombo, Zeller and Hernangomez is better than the others, so it’ll probably depend on the opponents and who’s playing the best. For now, it seems like Hernangomez will have the most chances of becoming the starter.

New York Knicks

Mario Hezonja

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The Knicks don’t really have a lot of options on the wings this year, so Hezonja will definitely have to be able to perform this season. He scored just below 10 points per game last season, but he’ll have the chance to up his numbers this year.

Noah Vonleh

Vonleh will have to be a rebounding machine for the Knicks this season, and he’s already said that he’s up for the task. He will have to improve his offensive skills to be able to make a difference in the league.

Brooklyn Nets

Ed Davis

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Davis signed a one-year deal with the Nets, and he’ll be the back-up for Jarrett Allen. Allen is without a doubt the starter for now, but there’s always a chance that that will chance.

Rodions Kurucs

Kurucs signed a contract with the Nets immediately after the draft after it was made clear that they would also pay for his buyout from Barcelona. It will be interesting to see what he can bring to the NBA, as we really haven’t seen him play yet.

Chicago Bulls

Jabari Parker

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Parker managed to get a good deal with the Bulls, and though the Bulls aren’t as competitive as the Bucks were last season, Parker will fit in great with the team.

Wendell Carter Jr.

Carter Jr. proved that he can hold his own against other NBA players in the summer league, where he was definitely one of the standouts. Now, Carter will have to prove he can also do the same thing against the more seasoned NBA players.

Orlando Magic

Timofey Mozgov

Mozgov was first traded to the Hornets and then traded once again within a couple of weeks, and will play for the Magic this season. It will still have to be seen whether Mozgov will actually get some minutes.

Mohamed Bamba

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Bamba was the first pick of the draft this year, and he’ll get enough opportunities to prove himself. He’ll be the back-up center to start the season, but there will be enough minutes for him.

Atlanta Hawks

Vince Carter

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This will probably be Carter’s final year in the NBA, but the fans will have a last chance to see him play. Carter will spend most of his time on the bench, but he can teach the young Hawks a lot of important skills.

Jeremy Lin

Lin didn’t get to play a lot of minutes or games last season due to his knee injury, and he was traded to the Hawks in the off season. At first, he would have to compete with Schröder and Trae Young, but now that Schröder is gone, the Hawks have decided to play him together with Young.

Houston Rockets

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony’s experiment with the Thunder didn’t work out, and he even had to start on the bench. He’ll get a new chance with the Rockets, who probably have thought long and hard how they’ll be able to use Anthony’s full potential at this age.

Marquese Chriss

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Chriss was part of a late trade from the Suns to the Rockets, and he will probably need a while to adjust to the team. The Suns almost gave him free reign in the offense, while Chriss will need to listen to the Rockets’ leaders, Harden and Paul. If he can adjust, he’ll be a valuable addition.

Golden State Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins

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The implementation of Cousins will be very interesting, as the entire starting five will now consist of All-Stars. Of course, we don’t know how good he’ll be after his Achilles injury, but if he’s even half as good as he was, the Warriors won’t be stopped this season.

Jonas Jerebko

Jerebko was waived by the Jazz in the beginning of July, and the Warriors immediately made clear that they would acquire him after he cleared the waivers. He’ll mostly be a bench player, and won’t get a lot of minutes, but as the season goes on, he’ll get enough games to show his skills.

Portland Trail Blazers

Seth Curry

Curry missed the entire season last year, but instead of resigning with the Mavericks, he decided to go to Portland. It is expected that he’ll fit in seamlessly with Lillard and McCollum, so the Trailblazers are prepared to give him the opportunity to show that.

Nik Stauskas

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Stauskas wasn’t the most logical choice for the Blazers, so there’s a big chance that he won’t get a lot of playing time this season. But, Stauskas has been promised the opportunity to compete for the minutes, so it’s in his hands.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Dennis Schröder

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Schröder will have to back-up Westbrook this season, which is something he hasn’t really done in a while. The Thunder did acquire him for a reason, so he’ll get enough opportunities to prove his worth.

Nerlens Noel

This is yet another chance for Noel to show his potential, but he will be the back-up center with the Thunder. Adams has a similar playing style to Noel, so Noel will get a fair chance with his new team as they know what they’re getting.

Utah Jazz

Tyler Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh signed a two-way contract with the Jazz, after having one with the Hawks before that. The Jazz did definitely see potential in him, otherwise they wouldn’t offer him the contract. He’ll get a maximum of 45 days with the Jazz.

Grayson Allen

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It will be interesting to keep your eye out for Grayson Allen this season, as he’ll definitely work hard to earn a spot in the rotation. If he does, he’ll probably adapt to the league quite quickly.

New Orleans Pelicans

Jahlil Okafor

Okafor can finally have a second chance with a team, but he’ll first have to fight to earn himself a spot on the roster and in the rotation. If that doesn’t happen, he can end up on the same place as he did with the 76ers, and that would be horrible.

Julius Randle

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Randle was a restricted free agent with the Lakers this summer, but they rescinded their qualifying offer, making Randle a free agent. The Pelicans can be a great fit for Randle now that Cousins has signed with the Warriors, as he’ll get a chance for the starting position next to Davis.

San Antonio Spurs

DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan got traded to the Spurs against his will, but he’ll probably fit in seamlessly with San Antonio in the upcoming season. So far, he looked quite comfortable with Popovich during the mini-USA camp, so it’ll be good on that part.

Marco Bellinelli

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Bellinelli is a real journeyman in the NBA, and after a couple of seasons, he has found his way back to the Spurs. He had a successful few months with the 76ers, and there’s a big chance the Spurs will use him in exactly the same way. As long as he continues to shoot well, there will be a team for him

Minnesota Timberwolves

Keita Bates-Diop

Bates-Diop was a second round pick this year, but he has had a solid summer league where he proved he can be a great defender. If he continues to improve, he’ll have a chance to get into the rotation.

Josh Okogie

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Okogie will have to improve his offense, if he wants to get a real chance in the NBA, but as his defensive is really good, he’ll get enough opportunities.

Denver Nuggets

Isaiah Thomas

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Thomas had a rough season last year, and his new contract with the Nuggets will be a clean slate. He has already proven what he’s worth in the past, and as he’s finally recovered from his hip injury, this will be his chance. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll fight his way into being a starter soon.

Michael Porter Jr.

Porter Jr. is still one of the biggest question marks in the NBA, as no one knows how much his back will bother him. The Nuggets will be careful with him, and even though Porter has said he’s pain free, the Nuggets will take their time to implement him in their team.

Los Angeles Clippers

Marcin Gortat

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The trade of Gortat wasn’t really a surprise, as he didn’t really fit in with the Wizards. Furthermore, the Clippers needed another center as they were going to lose DeAndre Jordan. This does mean that the Clippers no longer have a really dominant center, so Gortat will probably have to compete with the back-ups for minutes.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Gilgeous-Alexander was drafted by the Clippers this year, and he has already showed a lot of promise in the summer league. The expectation is that he’ll find his way into the rotation quite quickly after the new season starts.

Los Angeles Lakers

Lebron James

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It was the ‘worst kept secret’ in the NBA that James would sign a contract with the Lakers this off season. Now, it will be interesting to see how he’ll handle himself there, and whether the rest of the team is good enough to be competitive in the league.

Michael Beasley

Beasley is one of those additions that can make a difference. He showed that he could still play in New York, but he won’t get as much minutes or chances as he did with the Knicks.

Rajon Rondo

Though Rondo has made clear he has accepted a reserve point guard role, we still have to wait and see how that is going to play out. The Lakers will need someone as Rondo if they want to have any chance in the playoffs, as he does have a lot of experience there.

Sacramento Kings

Nemanja Bjelica

Bjelica first accepted a deal with the 76ers, before backing out again. Luckily for the Kings, he decided to sign with them instead of returning to Europe.

Yogi Ferrell

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Ferrell was the Maverick’s surprise in the beginning of 2017, when he earned himself a spot on the team with a ten-day contract. Now, Ferrell has decided to take a different route and signed with the Kings. He’ll have a chance to prove that he should have more minutes, and there will be more chance of that happening with the Kings than there was with the Mavs.

Dallas Mavericks

Ryan Broekhoff

This will be Broekhoff’s first team in the NBA, after he started his professional career in Turkey and Russia. The Australian guard did play college basketball for Valparaiso, and he’s yet another example that your NBA dream doesn’t have to be over if you go undrafted.

DeAndre Jordan

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Jordan finally made it to the Mavericks, after he opted out of a deal with them the last time he was a free agent. He’ll probably still be a great fit with the team, and it will be interesting to see how he’ll play with Nowitzki, Doncic and Smith Jr.

Memphis Grizzlies

Kyle Anderson

The Spurs had an option on Anderson after his contract ended, but they decided not to match the Grizzlies offer. It will be interesting to see how Anderson can fit in with the Grizzlies, as he already showed his capabilities last season. He might also be able to bring some speed to one of the slowest teams in the NBA.

Omri Casspi

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Casspi was waived by the Golden State Warriors at the end of last season, but found a team for the upcoming season quite quickly. Here, Casspi once again has to show that he can make a difference for a team. The Grizzlies might be more suited to him, than the Warriors last seasonl.

Phoenix Suns

Trevor Ariza

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Ariza was a free agent, and decided to take a chance and sign with the Suns. He brings a lot of experience to the team, and it’ll be great for him if they do a good job in the league, but if the Suns fail to win games once again, it’s not sure if Ariza will see a lot of minutes.

Ryan Anderson

Anderson was Ariza’s teammate last year, and will continue to be this year, as he was just traded from the Houston Rockets to the Suns. We’ll have to see whether he can be the addition the Suns need to once again become a competitive team in the league. Besides his shooting skills, Anderson has 10 years of experience in the league, and that can be of great help with the young players.

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Do you know what players have switched teams over the summer or are new to the NBA? We’ve tried to exclude the rookies as much as possible, as they were drafted into their teams, and most teams have had a lot of other interesting additions as well.

Toronto Raptors

Kawhi Leonard

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Leonard remains something of a wildcard, as he barely played any minutes last season, and refused to play for the Spurs any longer. He didn’t agree with his trade to Toronto, but he has made clear that he will start with a clean slate with the Raptors.

Danny Green

Green was part of the Raptors/Spurs trade this summer, so he’ll definitely need some time to adapt to his new team. Green was already a fast paced team player, so if all goes well, he should fit in great with the Raptors.

Boston Celtics

Robert Williams

Wiliams will have a rocky start to his NBA career now that he is still recovering from his knee injury, but he has said that he’ll be ready for the camp. The Celtics do already have a strong roster, so it’s still the question whether he can earn himself a spot in the rotation.

P.J. Dozier

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He was signed to a two-way contract with the Celtics, and therefore Dozier will have the entire season to prove his worth to the Celtics. He already had a two-way contract with the Thunder last season, so there’s definitely still some potential there.

Philadelphia 76ers

Wilson Chandler

Chandler will be of importance in the rotation, but we still have to wait and see how exactly he can fit in with the talented 76ers. He’ll definitely start off the bench behind Covington, but Brown is a fair coach and will definitely give him the minutes he deserves and earns throughout the season.

Mike Muscala

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Muscala can play on several positions, and that’s exactly what the 76ers need. He can play on either the four or five position, same as Ilyasova did last year, so now he’ll only have to prove that he can be an asset when hes’ on the court.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Sam Dekker

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Dekker will get the opportunity to earn a lot of minutes in the rotation, and that’s exactly what he needs to improve his skills. Of course, the Cavs are missing a real ‘star’ on the roster, so it remains a question what they’ll be able to do this season.

Collin Sexton

His fellow rookies picked him as one of the favorites for being the ROY next season, so there will be a lot of expectations for him. Of course, it will be more of a rebuilding year for the Cavs now that LeBron has left for the Lakers.

Indiana Pacers

Doug McDermott

McDermott didn’t get a lot of offers this off season, except for the Pacers, so they both got a good deal out of him. McDermott can bring a lot to the table with the second unit, but it’s always a guess what exactly he can do for the team.

Kyle O’Quinn

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O’Quinn was done with the Knicks, and therefore denied the player option he had with them. He knows the Paces will be more competitive than the Knicks were last year, and that was exactly what he wanted.

Miami Heat

Malik Newman

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Newman had first signed a two-way contract with the Lakers, but he was waived soon after. Now, a couple of weeks later, he has signed a contract with the Heat. As the deal was not made public, it’s expected that it’s a training camp deal, so Newman has to prove himself during the camp.

Duncan Robinson

Robinson has secured a two-way deal, but he’s convinced that he can turn it into a standard contract before the season starts. We haven’t seen a lot of him, but he will surely try to impress the Heat staff and fight for that last roster spot.

 Milwaukee Bucks

Ersan Ilyasova

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Ilyasova had a good couple of months with the 76ers, but he decided to go with another team for the upcoming season. He already played for them between 2005-2007 and 2009-2015 so it’s not a very surprising move. We’ll have to wait and see what kind of minutes Ilyasova will get.

Brook Lopez

Lopez will probably be the first center for the Bucks, and he’s also not a standard center, as he can also play more from the outside. This leaves more space for Antetokounmpo and that’s exactly what the Bucks want.

Washington Wizards

Dwight Howard

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Howard will yet again play for a different club in the NBA. We will have to wait and see how this move will work out for both the Wizards and Howard. He’s definitely different than Gortat and the Wizards hope they can speed up the game with him on the court.

Austin Rivers

Rivers will start on the bench with the Wizards, but he’ll get enough minutes behind Wall and Beal. This will be different than the starting position he had with the Clippers, but he’ll probably fit in well.

Detroit Pistons

Zaza Pachulia

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The Warriors weren’t willing to offer Pachulia another contract after he lost his minutes in the playoffs to the other centers on the team. So, he had no other choice than to move on to a different team. With the Pistons, he’ll be the back-up of Andre Drummond.

José Calderon

Calderon will be a back-up for Reggie Jackson with the Pistons, but he’ll probably spend the same amount of time on the bench as he did last year with the Cavaliers.

Charlotte Hornets

Tony Parker

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Parker will be a great back-up center for the Hornets this year, and he can teach the younger Hornets a lot of skills during his time there. He’ll probably won’t play a lot of minutes, around 15 per game, but that’s enough for Parker.

Bismack Biyombo

The battle of who is going to be the starting center for the Hornets will be interesting to see this season. None of the three players, Biyombo, Zeller and Hernangomez is better than the others, so it’ll probably depend on the opponents and who’s playing the best. For now, it seems like Hernangomez will have the most chances of becoming the starter.

New York Knicks

Mario Hezonja

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The Knicks don’t really have a lot of options on the wings this year, so Hezonja will definitely have to be able to perform this season. He scored just below 10 points per game last season, but he’ll have the chance to up his numbers this year.

Noah Vonleh

Vonleh will have to be a rebounding machine for the Knicks this season, and he’s already said that he’s up for the task. He will have to improve his offensive skills to be able to make a difference in the league.

Brooklyn Nets

Ed Davis

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Davis signed a one-year deal with the Nets, and he’ll be the back-up for Jarrett Allen. Allen is without a doubt the starter for now, but there’s always a chance that that will chance.

Rodions Kurucs

Kurucs signed a contract with the Nets immediately after the draft after it was made clear that they would also pay for his buyout from Barcelona. It will be interesting to see what he can bring to the NBA, as we really haven’t seen him play yet.

Chicago Bulls

Jabari Parker

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Parker managed to get a good deal with the Bulls, and though the Bulls aren’t as competitive as the Bucks were last season, Parker will fit in great with the team.

Wendell Carter Jr.

Carter Jr. proved that he can hold his own against other NBA players in the summer league, where he was definitely one of the standouts. Now, Carter will have to prove he can also do the same thing against the more seasoned NBA players.

Orlando Magic

Timofey Mozgov

Mozgov was first traded to the Hornets and then traded once again within a couple of weeks, and will play for the Magic this season. It will still have to be seen whether Mozgov will actually get some minutes.

Mohamed Bamba

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Bamba was the first pick of the draft this year, and he’ll get enough opportunities to prove himself. He’ll be the back-up center to start the season, but there will be enough minutes for him.

Atlanta Hawks

Vince Carter

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This will probably be Carter’s final year in the NBA, but the fans will have a last chance to see him play. Carter will spend most of his time on the bench, but he can teach the young Hawks a lot of important skills.

Jeremy Lin

Lin didn’t get to play a lot of minutes or games last season due to his knee injury, and he was traded to the Hawks in the off season. At first, he would have to compete with Schröder and Trae Young, but now that Schröder is gone, the Hawks have decided to play him together with Young.

Houston Rockets

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony’s experiment with the Thunder didn’t work out, and he even had to start on the bench. He’ll get a new chance with the Rockets, who probably have thought long and hard how they’ll be able to use Anthony’s full potential at this age.

Marquese Chriss

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Chriss was part of a late trade from the Suns to the Rockets, and he will probably need a while to adjust to the team. The Suns almost gave him free reign in the offense, while Chriss will need to listen to the Rockets’ leaders, Harden and Paul. If he can adjust, he’ll be a valuable addition.

Golden State Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins

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The implementation of Cousins will be very interesting, as the entire starting five will now consist of All-Stars. Of course, we don’t know how good he’ll be after his Achilles injury, but if he’s even half as good as he was, the Warriors won’t be stopped this season.

Jonas Jerebko

Jerebko was waived by the Jazz in the beginning of July, and the Warriors immediately made clear that they would acquire him after he cleared the waivers. He’ll mostly be a bench player, and won’t get a lot of minutes, but as the season goes on, he’ll get enough games to show his skills.

Portland Trail Blazers

Seth Curry

Curry missed the entire season last year, but instead of resigning with the Mavericks, he decided to go to Portland. It is expected that he’ll fit in seamlessly with Lillard and McCollum, so the Trailblazers are prepared to give him the opportunity to show that.

Nik Stauskas

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Stauskas wasn’t the most logical choice for the Blazers, so there’s a big chance that he won’t get a lot of playing time this season. But, Stauskas has been promised the opportunity to compete for the minutes, so it’s in his hands.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Dennis Schröder

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Schröder will have to back-up Westbrook this season, which is something he hasn’t really done in a while. The Thunder did acquire him for a reason, so he’ll get enough opportunities to prove his worth.

Nerlens Noel

This is yet another chance for Noel to show his potential, but he will be the back-up center with the Thunder. Adams has a similar playing style to Noel, so Noel will get a fair chance with his new team as they know what they’re getting.

Utah Jazz

Tyler Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh signed a two-way contract with the Jazz, after having one with the Hawks before that. The Jazz did definitely see potential in him, otherwise they wouldn’t offer him the contract. He’ll get a maximum of 45 days with the Jazz.

Grayson Allen

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It will be interesting to keep your eye out for Grayson Allen this season, as he’ll definitely work hard to earn a spot in the rotation. If he does, he’ll probably adapt to the league quite quickly.

New Orleans Pelicans

Jahlil Okafor

Okafor can finally have a second chance with a team, but he’ll first have to fight to earn himself a spot on the roster and in the rotation. If that doesn’t happen, he can end up on the same place as he did with the 76ers, and that would be horrible.

Julius Randle

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Randle was a restricted free agent with the Lakers this summer, but they rescinded their qualifying offer, making Randle a free agent. The Pelicans can be a great fit for Randle now that Cousins has signed with the Warriors, as he’ll get a chance for the starting position next to Davis.

San Antonio Spurs

DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan got traded to the Spurs against his will, but he’ll probably fit in seamlessly with San Antonio in the upcoming season. So far, he looked quite comfortable with Popovich during the mini-USA camp, so it’ll be good on that part.

Marco Bellinelli

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Bellinelli is a real journeyman in the NBA, and after a couple of seasons, he has found his way back to the Spurs. He had a successful few months with the 76ers, and there’s a big chance the Spurs will use him in exactly the same way. As long as he continues to shoot well, there will be a team for him

Minnesota Timberwolves

Keita Bates-Diop

Bates-Diop was a second round pick this year, but he has had a solid summer league where he proved he can be a great defender. If he continues to improve, he’ll have a chance to get into the rotation.

Josh Okogie

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Okogie will have to improve his offense, if he wants to get a real chance in the NBA, but as his defensive is really good, he’ll get enough opportunities.

Denver Nuggets

Isaiah Thomas

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Thomas had a rough season last year, and his new contract with the Nuggets will be a clean slate. He has already proven what he’s worth in the past, and as he’s finally recovered from his hip injury, this will be his chance. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll fight his way into being a starter soon.

Michael Porter Jr.

Porter Jr. is still one of the biggest question marks in the NBA, as no one knows how much his back will bother him. The Nuggets will be careful with him, and even though Porter has said he’s pain free, the Nuggets will take their time to implement him in their team.

Los Angeles Clippers

Marcin Gortat

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The trade of Gortat wasn’t really a surprise, as he didn’t really fit in with the Wizards. Furthermore, the Clippers needed another center as they were going to lose DeAndre Jordan. This does mean that the Clippers no longer have a really dominant center, so Gortat will probably have to compete with the back-ups for minutes.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Gilgeous-Alexander was drafted by the Clippers this year, and he has already showed a lot of promise in the summer league. The expectation is that he’ll find his way into the rotation quite quickly after the new season starts.

Los Angeles Lakers

Lebron James

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It was the ‘worst kept secret’ in the NBA that James would sign a contract with the Lakers this off season. Now, it will be interesting to see how he’ll handle himself there, and whether the rest of the team is good enough to be competitive in the league.

Michael Beasley

Beasley is one of those additions that can make a difference. He showed that he could still play in New York, but he won’t get as much minutes or chances as he did with the Knicks.

Rajon Rondo

Though Rondo has made clear he has accepted a reserve point guard role, we still have to wait and see how that is going to play out. The Lakers will need someone as Rondo if they want to have any chance in the playoffs, as he does have a lot of experience there.

Sacramento Kings

Nemanja Bjelica

Bjelica first accepted a deal with the 76ers, before backing out again. Luckily for the Kings, he decided to sign with them instead of returning to Europe.

Yogi Ferrell

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Ferrell was the Maverick’s surprise in the beginning of 2017, when he earned himself a spot on the team with a ten-day contract. Now, Ferrell has decided to take a different route and signed with the Kings. He’ll have a chance to prove that he should have more minutes, and there will be more chance of that happening with the Kings than there was with the Mavs.

Dallas Mavericks

Ryan Broekhoff

This will be Broekhoff’s first team in the NBA, after he started his professional career in Turkey and Russia. The Australian guard did play college basketball for Valparaiso, and he’s yet another example that your NBA dream doesn’t have to be over if you go undrafted.

DeAndre Jordan

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Jordan finally made it to the Mavericks, after he opted out of a deal with them the last time he was a free agent. He’ll probably still be a great fit with the team, and it will be interesting to see how he’ll play with Nowitzki, Doncic and Smith Jr.

Memphis Grizzlies

Kyle Anderson

The Spurs had an option on Anderson after his contract ended, but they decided not to match the Grizzlies offer. It will be interesting to see how Anderson can fit in with the Grizzlies, as he already showed his capabilities last season. He might also be able to bring some speed to one of the slowest teams in the NBA.

Omri Casspi

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Casspi was waived by the Golden State Warriors at the end of last season, but found a team for the upcoming season quite quickly. Here, Casspi once again has to show that he can make a difference for a team. The Grizzlies might be more suited to him, than the Warriors last seasonl.

Phoenix Suns

Trevor Ariza

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Ariza was a free agent, and decided to take a chance and sign with the Suns. He brings a lot of experience to the team, and it’ll be great for him if they do a good job in the league, but if the Suns fail to win games once again, it’s not sure if Ariza will see a lot of minutes.

Ryan Anderson

Anderson was Ariza’s teammate last year, and will continue to be this year, as he was just traded from the Houston Rockets to the Suns. We’ll have to see whether he can be the addition the Suns need to once again become a competitive team in the league. Besides his shooting skills, Anderson has 10 years of experience in the league, and that can be of great help with the young players.

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