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These Superstars Can Change The Whole NBA In 2023’s Free Agency

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

This summer has the potential to shake up the NBA, numerous stars can help push a team to contend.

Free agency is always an entertaining time in the NBA, and this class is set up to be very interesting. Three very viable pieces could find new teams and help a team make a push to be a contender.

Kyrie Irving

Ever since Kyrie Irving got to the Mavericks it has been a disaster. The Mavs were in the sixth spot when they traded for him and now they are in the 11th spot. The duo of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic offensively has been everything we expected. The Mavericks are a top-five team in shooting percentage and have no trouble putting up points.

Assuming Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic don’t work together right away might be premature. Kyrie has still been around his usual production of scoring around 27 points with good efficiency. The duo of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic has potential, but they have no defensive pieces around them to complement the stars.

When you have a star duo in the NBA, you have to build your team around them. Kyrie and Luka have horrible fits around them, and you need to truly evaluate how good they can be by giving them elite defensive pieces. The Mavericks’ offense hasn’t been bad by any means, they can put up a lot of points.

Kyrie Irving may not have a market anymore, and giving up Dorian Finney-Smith, Dinwiddie, and a first-round pick, the Mavs should try to re-sign Kyrie and build a competent roster around their star duo.

Draymond Green

Draymond Green is in the last year of his deal, and he was mentioning an extension last year. The Warriors instead of extending Draymond extended both Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole to max deals. This decision may have just shown the Warriors and Draymond Green are headed for a split.

Draymond has slowly regressed, but he is still providing key defense and playmaking like he usually does. Draymond is averaging eight points and seven assists. A team who needs a defensive anchor and some leadership would be a great fit for Draymond.

Two good fits would be the Mavericks and the Lakers. As mentioned earlier, the Mavericks lack a defensive identity, and Luka and Kyrie aren’t leaders. Draymond would help fill two big needs for them. Draymond has talked positively nonstop about Lebron, and there have been some rumors they have a mutual interest. With the Lakers acquiring a lot of three-point shooting, and the fact that Lebron prefers having veterans around him, the Lakers could be interested in the star well.

Nikola Vucevic

Vucevic signed a four-year 100 million dollar deal with the Magic, and he was later dealt to the Bulls. Vuc is in the last year of his deal, and with the Bulls being the 10th seed he may look to find a contender. Nikola Vucevic is a consistent center who always provides an offensive spark.

Vuc has averaged around 17-20 points with double-digit rebounds on good shooting from the field. He is consistent, provides no drama, is a star, and can be a spark when an offense is struggling.

Two potential fits are the Knicks and Hornets. The Hornets have a star player to build around in Lamelo Ball, but with Miles Bridges having question marks off the court, Vucevic could be a great center along with Ball. The Hornets have needed a center for a few seasons now, and Vuc could be a good presence with Lamelo and could help generate offense.

Similarly, with the Knicks, Mitchell Robinson has too many health risks to trust. Nikola could be an offensive-minded center who can produce offense if the Knicks are struggling, and his defense won’t be a huge issue with the Knicks having a good defensive culture in play.

 

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