ESPN released its edition of “the best newcomer” on Friday, and Andre Iguodala made the cut along with four other offseason movers. The obvious rule of thumb: The player had to switch uniforms this summer. Hence the “newcomer.”
After Dwight Howard, who signed on with the Houston Rockets after a week of chaos, Iguodala occupies ESPN’s second-best newcomer position. The remainder of the list is filled out with Kevin Garnett (Brooklyn), Josh Smith (Detroit Pistons) and Paul Pierce (Nets).
Of course this is all speculation, projecting what X offense will now look like with the addition of X player. Many pundits have suggested that Howard doesn’t fit in Houston for various reasons, and a knock against each of these five could be made.
For Iguodala, it’s the awkward fit between him, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson. For Garnett, it’s his inability/ability to run Jason Kidd’s high-paced offense, and the same can be said for Pierce, as both are approaching retirement.
And for Smith, it’s a matter of the ripple effect. Detroit has two key bigs: Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Throw in Smith, and you have a heavily clogged lane, with neither of the three boast much of a perimeter jump shot. Perhaps his fit is the most questionable of the five options.
But hey, that’s why they play the games.