Does NBA offseason trades do well for the players? It could vary depending on the player who has now found a new team. With lots of relocation that happened before the NBA Season 2020-2021, let’s see if the 13 offseason players involved had jelled into their current team or not.
What Happened to Newly-Acquired Players
- John Wall (18.6 PPG, 5.1 APG, 1.29 SPG, 1.429 3P/G)
John Wall already misses the intensity inside the court. For two years without activity, his career so far with the Houston Rockets seems to be on an amazing path. His speed might be just thriving in time, but his scoring has returned.
With Wall still recovering from injury, there is still no specific date for his return on-court, the Space City Scoop reported.
- Christian Wood (23.5 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.75 BPG)
Wood has been doing great and is now taking the limelight slowly. He averages a double-double figure for the Rockets. Wood is not only good at defending the paint, but he can also shoot threes if he wants.
If he continues with his consistent performance every night, he could be a clear candidate for the Most Improved Player (MIP) of the Year.
- Chris Paul (13.5 PPG, 8.2 APG, 0.85 SPG, 0.846 3P/G)
According to Synergy via CBS, Paul makes 1.468 points per possession in the offense, even though he sometimes struggles to find his shots. Paul, 35, might just still be adjusting, but he still excels in his forte of pick-and-roll.
His shot average might be decreasing with the Phoenix Suns relying on main scorers Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges, but he could dish accurate passes to provide the youngsters with a well-rounded offense.
- Russell Westbrook (19.3 PPG, 11.3 APG, 9.7 RPG, 1.429 3P/G)
Brodie has been in a tough position in the early games. Consecutive losses will come with his triple-doubles. It is no surprise for Westbrook, but this also denotes that he ranks in the 10th percentile with 0.718 points per possession.
Big points do not mean effective scoring. That is what Brodie is doing. He’s hurting the Wizards with little conversions in points and blocks allowed.
- Jerami Grant (25.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.29 BPG)
With what seems to be a bust sign-and-trade, Grant defies the predictions about him being a second-rate player in Detroit. We learned how he helped the Nuggets through his defense and “50-50” offense, but that’s too early for judgment.
Now, he is the Piston’s main gun. As per Synergy, he joins Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Gordon Hayward at the 82nd percentile with his average of 1.116 in points per possession. His offense will level up as the season goes.
- Jrue Holiday (16.1 PPG, 5.2 APG, 1.93 SPG, 1.733 3P/G)
The Bucks managed to obtain Jrue Holiday in place of Eric Bledsoe. So far, Holiday is doing what the Bucks want. A playmaker and a scorer on the other side, Holiday proved that he could shoot threes efficiently.
Aside from scoring and creating plays, he is also a good space creator for Giannis Antetokoumpo and Khris Middleton. Holiday’s presence on-court will mean danger to other teams. Holiday is also good in defending much bigger opponents so far.
- Dennis Schroder (14.1 PPG, 4.4 APG, 1.19 SPG, 1.125 3P/G)
Schroder provides an arsenal for the Lakers, especially with two superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, on-court. He recorded a minus 1.9 net rating in 170 minutes when he is with James.
Still, he is valuable in pick-and-roll situations, and Davis knows how important it is. His on-court presence compensates for his shooting.
- Montrezl Harrell (13.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.56 BPG)
Trez has improved since going to the Lakers. His 58 percent field goal jumped to 64 percent this NBA season. He might be slipping away from his pick-and-roll receptions, but his game converted into an artificial rebounder.
With Davis on-court, the duo has a plus net rating of 13 in 141 minutes.
- Kelly Oubre Jr. (11.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.0 BPG)
Oubre became one of the Golden State Warriors‘ best shot blockers. His presence has gone well for the small-ball lineup of the Dubs. A free-moving 3 to 5 will suffice the defense deficiency of the heavily reliant, three-point shooting Warriors.
Still, he needs to bank his shots. Otherwise, he’s only hurting the team with these threes.
- Gordon Hayward (22.2 PPG, 3.7 APG, 1.23 SPG, 2.077 3P/G)
The Hornets channeled Hayward’s inner Jazz version when he started to hit 44 percent of his threes in a catch-and-shoot spot. Charlotte is in good hands with Hayward as the main scorer.
Who knows, he could be an All-Star this season?
Bogdan Bogdanovic (9.9 PPG, 2.1 APG, 0.44 SPG, 2.333 3P/G)
Bogdan only played nine games so far with the Hawks after missing the remaining games due to a bone bruise and fracture on his right knee. His shots tell a tale – 36 percent from the outside on top of 36 percent shooting from the field becomes a liability in the offense.
- Danilo Gallinari (75% FG, 66.7 3%P/G, 1 3P/G)
Gallinari only played a handful of minutes this season due to injury. His 10-point performance on his return spiked the Hawks’ offensive rating. There’s still a lot of games before concluding Gallinari’s impact this season.
- Robert Covington (6.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.43 BPG)
Covington was expected to step up for Portland’s defense, but it did not work that way. Blazers’ defense comes at a scanty 5.2 points when Covington is on-court.
Since his rookie season, he has not been averaging below 12 points. This season becomes a disaster for Robert and Portland, the NBA’s third worse team in defense. It further worsens with Jusuf Nurkic’s absence due to injury, the NBA reported.
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