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Top 10 Signings of the Offseason

Rob August 3, 2012 Blogs, R.S. De France 4 Comments

After a flurry of moves already this off-season, we count down the Top 10 trades or free agent signings so far:

10. Antawn Jamison to Los Angeles Lakers

Jamison, 36, is a great team player, a veteran, and a good locker room guy. He is intelligent and unselfish. His scoring (17.2 ppg) is nice, but he shot the lowest field goal percentage in his career last season, 40.3%. As a backup to Pau Gasol, Jamison should strengthen the Lakers’ bench.

9. O.J. Mayo to Dallas Mavericks

Mayo, 12.6 ppg and 1.1 spg last season, is a solid acquisition for the Mavs. His minutes were shrinking in Memphis, and maybe the Mavs will give him an opportunity to flourish. They certainly need someone to fill the spot left by Jason Terry. Mayo, a 36% three-point shooter, is almost Terry’s equal in that regard. With more minutes, Mayo, 24 years old, is capable of more like the 18.5 ppg he put up as a rookie.

8. Louis Williams to Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks brought in the offensive engine that made the Philadelphia 76ers go last season, as he scored a career-high 14.9 ppg. Williams, 25, can penetrate defenses off the dribble as well as score efficiently from the outside (36.2% from three-point land). Off the bench, he led the Sixers in scoring, and Williams made his share of clutch buckets in the playoffs.

7. Jeremy Lin to Houston Rockets

For his immense market value alone, Lin is a valuable pickup. Lin is an intelligent playmaker and a great team player, but his overall game needs polishing. Last season, Lin was the story of the season and captivated New York City. His 14.6 ppg, 6.2 apg, and 1.6 spg gave new life to the Knicks, who made the playoffs for a second straight season. As his career continues in Houston, Lin will have more opportunity to grow.

6. Gerald Wallace to Brooklyn Nets

“Crash” is a physical player in all aspects. He crashes the boards (6.8 rpg). He drives to the hoop (15.2 ppg) and sometimes crashes into the floor or the cameras. He gets all over people defensively (1.4 spg). To retain the defensive-minded forward, the Nets re-signed him to a 4-year deal worth $40 million.

5. Jamal Crawford to Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have made some smart moves the last two seasons, getting Kenyon Martin, Chris Paul, and Chauncey Billups, among others, before last season. This off-season, the Clippers added former 6th Man of the Year Crawford, a good shooter, who can deliver clutch buckets. Crawford, 14.0 and 92.7% free throws, bolsters an already strong Clippers’ bench.

4. Jason Terry to Boston Celtics

The Celtics have tried to replace the great Ray Allen with Jason Terry. While it is almost impossible to replace a future Hall of Fame shooting guard, Terry is not a huge step down for Boston. Terry shoots almost as well from the free throw line (88.3%) and from outside (37.8%) while scoring at about the same rate (15.1 ppg).

3. Ray Allen to Miami Heat

In one of the coup’s of the summer, the Heat signed an All-Star guard from the team they just beat in a physical 7 game series, the Celtics. Allen is a lights-out shooter (91.5% free throws), a good locker room guy, and an NBA champion. Undoubtedly, Allen, Dwayne Wade, and LeBron James—all great competitors and champions—will have great chemistry on and off the floor. Allen will spread the floor (45.3% three-point range) and strengthen the Heat offensively (14.2 ppg).

2. Steve Nash to Los Angeles Lakers

Nash, 38, was second in assists per game last season (10.7 apg) to the Celtics’ Rondo, but Nash has led the league in total assists six times, including last season. Since the Lakers were in need of a solid point guard, Nash is a breath of fresh air. Nash is a marksman from the outside, shooting over 40% from three-point range and over 90% from the free throw line for his career. A backcourt of Nash and Kobe Bryant may be the best in the Western Conference, albeit the oldest. After the 2-time MVP and 8-time All-Star spent so long trying to beat the Lakers, Nash will try to win his first championship in L.A.

Nash Highlights:

1. Joe Johnson to Brooklyn Nets

At 26, Johnson is a good pickup for the Nets, who were in jeopardy of losing Deron Williams in free agency. For that reason—not Johnson’s bloated contract—this trade has been the best this off-season, so far. With a backcourt of Williams and Johnson, the Nets should have one of the best backcourts in the Eastern Conference. Johnson, 18.8 ppg, is a leader in crunch time, and he spreads the floor with his 38.8% three-point shooting.

Johnson Highlights:

So far, the new-look Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, and the Boston Celtics have made the biggest splashes in the Eastern Conference. Out west, the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, and Phoenix Suns have added some new pieces. Of course, if Dwight Howard is traded, this Top 10 may have to be revisited.

Honorable Mention: Rashard Lewis (Heat), Michael Beasley (Suns), Jason Kidd (Knicks), Courtney Lee (Celtics), Grant Hill (Clippers), Luis Scola (Suns), and Anthony Morrow (Hawks)

*Unless otherwise noted, statistics are from the 2011-2012 season

Rob S. De France is a College and University Instructor of English Composition living in Los Angeles. He has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition. De France has played, coached, and officiated competitive high school basketball in California for many years. Recently, De France, his wife, and another colleague started an internationally read magazine at Shwibly.com.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FHZMNLTORSWI5D2RNBBGRXAXD4 dyron

    Steve Nash is over rated plain and simple. He is a liability defensively, he’s old,and has a history of injury problems. I don’t know how a 6’0 guard who is over matched going to make a difference on a team thats already defensively challenged to begin with, an to throw Jameieson in the mix? How did both of these guys make this list?

    • Ballerstatus

      I realize the general consensus is that Steve Nash can’t defend. Which is pretty much true. But what’s the value of the twin towers approach of having the lengthy Bynum and Gasol defensively, if they can’t erase a few missteps on perimeter defense.

      As far as Nash being over-rated, that is one of the least intelligent basketball comments I’ve ever heard. If anything Nash has been under-rated. Even with two league MVPs. You just can’t dispute that every person he has ever plays with plays better once they are teammates and play worse after they are no longer.  Also, he is still one of the most lethal offensive players in the league. Getting old? Just this season he was the only guard in the league in the Top 20 in field goal percentage.  He shot over 50% from the field, 90% from the line, and over 40% from three. He played in 62 games (could have been more if coach didn’t decide to rest him), and he averaged almost 11apg on a team that couldn’t finish when he set them up perfectly.  Basically he may average in the ridiculous 15apg range on a team like the Lakers.

      The only problem with this list is that Nash should be #1 on it.

      If you are considering long term future maybe not #1, but if you are talking about teams that want to win in the near future, then Nash is definitely the best signing of the offseason.

      • Hbu

        Joe Johnson is 29-30 not 26

  • Stephen

    Re-signing Wallace is bigger than re-signing Williams? Un-huh.

    Crawford as a sixth man is more important than Courtney Lee who will begin the season as the starter? When Bradley comes back,who’s going to get more minutes,Lee backing up Bradley or Crawford backing up Rondo?