The 2017 NBA off-season has been one to remember. Seemingly no other free agency period in the NBA as had more notable trades, signings, or trade demands than this one. The NBA’s recent off-season drama has been at the forefront of sports news, and feels like a scripted spin-off of Basketball Wives. Recent dysfunction around the NBA has many people comparing it to reality TV and tabloid headlines. In an evolving league a new era has begun in which stars such as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson can play with each other. Many people refer to this era as the super team era.
With a new way of forming teams in the NBA there has been an abundance of player signings and trades that has captured the attention of NBA fans everywhere. From Chris Paul teaming up with James Harden, Paul George heading to Oklahoma City, and Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving demanding trades from their arguably dysfunctional front offices, it has been hard to miss any breaking news from the league.
Since LeBron James joined the Miami Heat in 2010 nearly every valuable talent in the NBA has tried to team up with another in hopes of winning a championship. Although there has been a lot of distractions the sole purpose is for teams to get better and players to have a better chance at hoisting a title. Despite the drama around the NBA this is undoubtedly the most anticipated season yet. Below is a list of teams graded on who conquered the crazy offseason best. Feel free to share your thoughts on any team in the NBA, and how you feel about their offseason!
Golden State Warriors: A+
The Warriors did what seemed to be the impossible this offseason and found ways to get better. They resigned core players Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to multi-year deals while also managing to deepen their bench with the additions of scorer Nick Young and defensive rookie Jordan Bell from Oregon. Not to mention the Dubs still have Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston and Zaza Pachulia.
Boston Celtics: A
Danny Ainge strikes again! Recently the Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a second round pick in the 2020 NBA draft in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Seems like they virtually got Irving for free right? Boston also signed forward Gordon Hayward in free agency adding to Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum. Be on the lookout for the guys in green!
Houston Rockets: A-
MVP runner-up James Harden is still in town and joining him in the backcourt is Chris Paul. The Rockets are actively trying to add forward Carmelo Anthony to the mix. Plus Houston landed veteran forward P.J. Tucker.
Philadelphia 76ers: A-
Trust. The. Process. Markelle Fultz, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons, it is absolutely no secret that these young guys are the future of the franchise. Can Fultz lead them to a winning record and the playoffs?
Minnesota Timberwolves: B+
The Timberwolves are on the rise. Minnesota traded for Jimmy Butler and signed veteran guard Jeff Teague to a young upcoming lineup. Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson are also key pieces for the T-Wolves bench with Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins rounding out the core. Does anyone foresee the playoffs?
Oklahoma City Thunder: B+
Now, you might be shocked to see “B+” as the grade for the Thunder’s offseason activity but, read the reasons why. Sure the Thunder acquired Paul George to team up with league MVP Russell Westbrook but answer the next question truthfully. Will they really be that much better? The post play for the Thunder is still weak to be a true contender in the Western Conference. Nevertheless their backcourt will be an offensive powerhouse!
Washington Wizards: C+
Wizards signed guard John Wall for the long haul with a four-year $170 million extension. Otto Porter also signed a four-year $106.5 million deal with Washington. Outside of those two signings the Wizards added Jodie Meeks and Tim Frazier.
Los Angeles Clippers: D-
Chris Paul is gone, must I go on? JJ Redick is gone. On the plus side Blake Griffin signed a five-year $173 million deal. Granted the Clippers added Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams but, that is not enough to do any damage in the talent filled Western Conference.
New York Knicks: F
Perhaps the Knicks may be the most dysfunctional team in the NBA. Sure Phil Jackson is finally out the door but owner James Dolan has seriously considered trading the only reliable talent they have in Kristaps Porzingis! The same James Dolan who thought signing Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year $71 million contract was a good idea.