As the 2022-23 season approaches, our writers will discuss some interesting topics about the league.
Which team has improved its roster the most this season?
Steve Ashburner: Boston. Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari cater to specific needs In the Celtics cycle With battle-tested veterans. This team has a core talented enough that plugging the holes provides a major overall impact. For me, Minnesota Joubert and Cleveland picks for Donovan Mitchell who was formerly Utahan, add as many questions as the answers. Brooklyn has improved by not tearing itself up, but it will be a while before we know if the netizens’ minds are right.
Brian Martin: While we’ve seen other teams capture All-Stars via trade — Dejounte Murray to Atlanta, Rudy Gobert to Minnesota, Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland — Philadelphia kept All Star at a discount in order to do some free agency shopping. James Harden’s new two-year deal (with a player option for next season) at less than market value gave GM Daryl Morey and the 76ers team to add some key players to complement the trio and Kia MVP runner-up Joel Embiid, former player of the year. Harden and rising star Therese Maxi. It’s kind of like the Rockets’ encounter with free agents PJ Tucker and Danuel House from the Harden/Morey era in Houston. in the barn. Adding this duo along with De’Anthony Melton (of Memphis Grizzlies) helps boost the Sixers’ perimeter defense and 3-point shooting.
Mark Medina: The Cleveland Cavaliers have improved their roster the most this season. After all, Cleveland’s three-time relegated All-Star goalkeeper is still in his prime (Donovan Mitchell) from Utah. Of course, the Jazz team drew a lot from Cleveland, including young talent (Colin Sexton via signing and trading, Laurie Markkanen, Uchai Agbaji), unprotected first-round picks (2025, 27, 29) and pick-ups (26, 28). But the Cavs still retained most of their core group: last season’s runner-up Kia Rookie (Evan Mobley), All-Star guard (Darius Garland), All-Star Center (Jarrett Allen) and All-star adapted to a backup role (Kevin). luv). Cleveland has yet to climb to the top of the Eastern Conference as the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have held that space. By getting Mitchell, though, Cleveland should jump to sixth after breaking out in the Play-In Championship last season.
Sean Powell: The choice here was the Boston Celtics made by Malcolm Brugdon if it was Danilo Gallinari don’t get hurt, or the Atlanta Hawks with Dejounte Murray, or maybe the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets, both flowing with the first round. But when a three-time All-Star who’s still in his prime is dealt a team, then we have a winner. Donovan Mitchell put the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were playing last season, firmly in the second group of the Eastern Conference powers. On the surface, that doesn’t look very cool…until you understand that it will take more than that to make the Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Brooklyn Nets sweat. Maybe a couple of seasons from now, when the younger core around Mitchell starts to show more muscle.
John Schumann: Philadelphia. Rudy Gobert is clearly the most influential player to have changed teams, but the Sixers piled up their rotations with the additions of PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton, Montrezl Harrell and Danuel House. Harrell is the only one who doesn’t offer shooting around the Sixers’ superstars, but he’s scored 1.33 points per possession as a rolling man over the past five years and could be a great partner for James Harden’s pick and roll (his roll before) when Joel Embiid goes to the bench . The Sixers’ success is ultimately due to Harden’s ability to play as a superstar in the post-season, but this team is now incredibly deep and versatile, with the ability to rank among the top five on both ends of the earth if Embiid remains in relatively good health. .
Michael C. Wright: hard to say. Cleveland solved Colin Sexton’s dilemma by trading and landing Donovan Mitchell to add to a talented young core that includes Darius Garland, Garrett Allen and Evan Mobley. The Cavs have a couple of Ferraris in the back zone now and two elite rim guards. James Harden sacrificed some in Philly so Daryl Morey could go out and add durability in PJ Tucker. The Sixers’ trade with De’Anthony Melton was a low-key move, too. As a San Antonio resident watch Dignity Murray Basically grows over the years, His addition in Atlanta makes the Hawks the team that has improved the most this season. Murray gives Atlanta defensive presence On the ocean, while allowing Trae Young to stay fresher while playing off the ball. It’s as if Atlanta killed two birds with one stone by adding Murray (Defensive Ranger and Secondary Playmaker).
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