There are a lot of new faces in new places at the start of this NBA season. Some of these players look like they haven’t missed a beat. Kevin Durant looks like he has returned to the numbers from his MVP year.
The newest Warrior is a model of how free agency moves can make all the sense in the world. But, everyone is not having the same success in their new uniforms.
All across the league, players are trying to figure out how to find the best way to contribute as the part of a new unit.
Here are three big profile free agency tandem acquisitions that are going to take a minute to work all of the kinks out:
Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes
Bogut and Barnes were basically moved to Dallas in order to create the room for Golden State to sign Durant. In the early returns, the former Warriors have a lot to figure out over in the Lone Star State. There have been five bad games and five bad losses for the Mavericks.
Bogut spends a lot of time in the high post/elbow area waiting to help initiate the offence for his new team. The problem with this is that he has been racking up turnovers and the crisp movement necessary to get backdoor layups has not been there.
Barnes has been steady but underwhelming in his time as a max player. He has been very efficient as the roll man and popping jumpers near the baseline.
The former Tarheel is shooting 50 percent from the field and while that is good, he probably should be taking on a bigger role in the offence.
Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah
Derrick Rose called the new-look New York Knicks a superteam along the same lines of the Golden State Warriors. The media and fans alike found that statement laughable. In the early season, the Knickerbockers have been a mixed bag.
Against the Chicago Bulls this week, the starting lineup showcased the best case scenario against an Eastern Conference rival. The 2011 MVP had more assists in this game with 11 than he had in all the previous games with the team.
Creating for teammates needs to be a priority for the guard.
Meanwhile, Noah had his best offencive outing of the season during that game but hasn’t been a factor on offence otherwise.
That needs to be sorted out for New York to reach their potential. Opposing players will continue to ignore him if he can’t find a way to keep them honest.
Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo
The two newest Bulls started the season looking like they wouldn’t be suffering from any of the ailments that critics pointed to when the team signed both players. The outside shooting has not doomed the Windy city yet.
However, the idea of three ball dominant players, none of which having a stable three pointer, sharing time on the floor still looks weird in stretches. During most of these contests, Rondo looks woefully out of place.
Wade has been nothing short of miraculous for Chicago. He is shooting a ridiculous 47 percent from behind the arc. But, we are all waiting for that to come down a bit, at the moment it looks like the definition of an anomaly.