Seeing Kevin Durant in a Warriors jersey was a very strange feeling when the 2016-17 season started, but the strangest thing witnessed during NBA kick-off week was what was not seen.
Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, NBA mainstays for two decades, had retired and no one knew how the Lakers or Spurs would look without their long-standing faces of the franchises.
The Lakers struggled once again but made some bold moves to clear cap space in order to sign at least two big-name players. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen this summer, but Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have done a tremendous job to make sure it happens next summer.
The Spurs are the Spurs, not much changes on Gregg Popovich’s team. San Antonio was one ankle injury away from battling the Warriors to a longer Western Conference Final. With Kawhi Leonard back, the Spurs will continue to be the Spurs. Just better.
Some teams grew tired of the status quo and decided to shake the league up a bit, making trades before the Draft and signing free agents to much fanfare when the period opened.
Out of all of these players, who is primed to have the best 2017-18 in their new situation?
Using a point system (a first-place vote received five points, a second-place vote received three and a third-place vote received one), ESPN asked its 44-member “Forecast Panel” to rank the top-five player additions of the upcoming campaign.
5. Paul Millsap
New Team: Denver Nuggets
Old Team: Atlanta Hawks
Contract: 2 year / $61,000,000
First-place votes: 1
Total points: 19