Trending Topics: Which team has improved their roster the most this off-season?

The Sixers added some new, complimentary pieces around their core of Tyrese Maxi, Joel Embiid, and James Harden.

As the 2022-23 season draws to a close, our writers will take a look at some interesting topics related to the league.


Which team has improved their roster the most this season?


Steve Ashburner: Boston. Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari meet specific needs Celtics in rotation With battle-tested veterans. That team has a talented enough core that plugging holes provides a big overall impact. To me, adding Minnesota Gobert and Cleveland and raising the other ex-Utah, Donovan Mitchell, presents as many questions as answers. Brooklyn improvised by not putting himself down, but that’s before we know if the Nets have the right mind.


Brian Martin: While we saw other teams acquire All-Stars through trades – DeJonte Murray to Atlanta, Rudy Gobert to Minnesota, Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland – Philadelphia retained an All-Star at a discount price to purchase a few more in free agency. James Harden’s new two-year deal (with a player option for next season) gave GM Daryl Morey and the 76ers the financial bandwidth to add some key players to complement the trio of Kia MVP runner-up Joel Embiid, former MVP . Harden and rising star Tyrese Maxi. It’s a bit of a Rockets reunion in Houston with free agents PJ Tucker and Danielle House from the Harden/Moray era. in the bottom. Pairing that with D’Anthony Melton (from the Memphis Grizzlies) helps bolster the Sixers’ perimeter defense and 3-point shooting.


Mark Medina: The Cleveland Cavaliers made the most of their roster improvements this off-season. After all, Cleveland still in his prime (Donovan Mitchell) landed a three-time All-Star guard. from Utah, Of course, the Jazz pulled a lot out of Cleveland, including young talent (Colin Sexton, Laurie Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji via sign-and-trade), vulnerable first-round picks (2025, ’27, ’29) and pick swaps ( ’26) is included. , ’28). But the Cavs still retained most of their core group: last season’s Kia Rookie of the Year runner-up (Evan Mobley), an All-Star guard (Darius Garland), an All-Star center (Jarrett Allen) and A former All-Star who has adapted for a reserved role (Kevin Love). Cleveland has yet to rise to the top of the Eastern Conference as the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have reserved that spot. However, by acquiring Mitchell, Cleveland should jump to No. 6 after being eliminated in the play-in tournament last season.

Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff has a new star to build on former jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.


Sean Powell: The pick here would have been Danilo Gallinaric in the Malcolm Brogdon-fused Boston Celtics not hurt, or Dejounte Murray with the Atlanta Hawks, or perhaps the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets, both flush with first-rounders. But when a three-time All-Star, who is still in the lead, deals with a team, we have a winner. Donovan Mitchell kept the Cleveland Cavaliers, the play-in team the previous season, firmly in the second group of Eastern Conference powers. On the surface, that doesn’t sound so spectacular…until you consider that it will take much longer for the Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Brooklyn Nets to sweat it out. That might be the case two seasons from now, when the young core surrounding Mitchell begins to flex more muscles.


John Shuhman: Philadelphia. Rudy Gobert is clearly the most influential player to have switched teams, but the Sixers stack up their rotation with the additions of PJ Tucker, D’Anthony Melton, Montrezel Harrell and Danielle House. Harrell is the only person not to provide shooting around the Sixers’ two stars, but he has scored 1.33 points per capture over the past five years as a role man and he is a great pick-and-roll partner for James Harden. Maybe (a roll he’s had before) when Joel Embiid goes to the bench. The Sixers’ success will ultimately come down to Harden’s ability to play like a star in the post-season, but the team is now incredibly deep and versatile, ranking in the top five on either end of the floor if Embiid remains relatively healthy. has the ability to. ,


Michael C. Wright: it’s hard to say. Cleveland solved their Colin Sexton dilemma by trading him and added Donovan Mitchell to a young, talented corps featuring Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. The Cavs now have some Ferraris in the backcourt and some elite rim defenders. James Harden made some sacrifices in Philly so that Daryl Morey could go out and add toughness to PJ Tucker. Trading the Sixers for D’Anthony Melton was also a smart move. As someone based in San Antonio who has seen djonte dead inevitably grow over the years, His inclusion in Atlanta makes the Hawks the team that has improved the most this season, murray gives atlanta a defensive presence on the periphery, while allowing Trae Young to stay fresh during ball-playing games. It’s as if Atalanta killed two birds with one stone by engaging Murray (a defensive defender and secondary playwright).


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