Three NBA veterans who could surprise you next season

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We are just over a month away from the return of the NBA.

A lof of players changed franchises throughout the summer and while much of the excitement surrounds players in their primes - like Kevin Durant - the old guard can't be forgotten about.

Experience counts for some much in today's league and it can be the difference between a team floundering below .500 and missing out on the playoffs or truly reaching their full potential. Here are three veteran players who can thrive with their new franchises in 2016/17.

Pau Gasol

Coming off a 72-game season with the Chicago Bulls, the Spaniard still has a lot to offer, and the San Antonio Spurs are poised to capitalise.

Gasol is the perfect Gregg Popovich player; a man with bundles of experience who is prepared to put the team first. He will help plug the hole left by Tim Duncan in the dressing room and will offer valuable experience to the younger guys.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls

He will see a lot of game time in Texas and after posting 16.5 points and 11 rebounds per night last season. The 36-year-old will form a lethal frontcourt partnership with LaMarcus Aldridge.

Dwyane Wade

There have been numerous doubts about how the Chicago Bulls' big three will get on next season. They are all ball-dominant players who lack a stroke from behind the arc and like to attack the basket.

However, as an experienced guy in the league, Dwyane Wade has the smarts to make a success of his time back in his home city.

Chicago Bulls Introduce Dwyane Wade

Playing for the franchise he idolised as a boy seems to be the perfect move for the shooting guard and with a player like Rajon Rondo, who is able to find his teammates with consummate ease, Wade should enjoy a lot of success.

Joe Johnson

The Utah Jazz has been looking for the experienced head to guide their young roster through a breakthrough year, and they have finally found their man.

After leaving the Brooklyn Nets, he thrived at the Miami Heat, shooting 51.8 percent from the field for his 13.4 points per night. 3.8 assists also showed a keen eye for a pass from the three spot.

Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors - Game Five

Utah has been flirting with a playoff appearance for some time and his 14 years of experience should be the catalyst for the likes of Gordon Hayward, Trey Lyles, Rodney Hood and Dante Exum to really kick on.

San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Pau Gasol
Chicago Bulls
Central Division
Utah Jazz
Northwest Division

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