NBA Betting – Top 7 Free Agent Signings
If you’re a NBA betting enthusiast that is already looking forward to the 2015-16 season, thanks to last week’s flurry of free agent activity, then you’re in for a treat thanks to this MyBookie.ag basketball betting breakdown of the top five free agent signings this offseason.
If you don’t know already, then you should know that each of these free agent signings is likely to impact both, the new team each player signed with – as well as the one each departed.
With that said, let’s get started.
NBA Betting Heaven – 7 Free Agent Signings That Could Change Everything
San Antonio Spurs
Addition: LaMarcus Aldridge
The Spurs managed to land the most coveted free agent in this year’s market in former Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and their signing of the 29-year-old big man will undoubtedly alter both the Spurs – and Blazers in the next handful of seasons.
San Antonio got an all-star caliber replacement for future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan and someone they can play alongside of their still formidable G.O.A.T. power forward. The sweet-shooting Aldridge averaged an impressive 23.4 points per game last season to mark his fifth straight campaign averaging at least 21.1 points per contest. Aldridge also grabbed 10.2 rebounds per night to mark his second straight season averaging double digits in rebounding.
San Antonio’s gain is a huge loss for a Trail Blazers team that had been knocking on the door to postseason success the last couple of seasons with Aldridge and all-star point guard Damian Lillard leading the way.
At least Blazers fans can take comfort in the fact that Portland management did a very credible job in trying to replace Aldridge. The Blazers added veteran power forward Ed Davis in free agency while acquiring veteran forward Mason Plumlee (from Brooklyn) and promising youngster Noah Vonleh (from Charlotte) in a pair of smart trades.
Okay, recent reports say that former Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is close to re-signing with L.A. after originally agreeing to verbal terms with the athletic big man just after the official opening of free agency last week.
So, with Jordan’s signing up in the air, let’s just say that whichever teams manages to sign the agile alley-ooping center is going to get a defensive force around the basket and rebounding machine.
Jordan averaged a stellar 15.0 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 11.5 points per game last season and makes his presence felt for Los Angeles at both ends of the floor. If Dallas signs Jordan it will be the second biggest free agent coup this offseason. If he goes bask to the Clippers, their championship hopes – and accompanying 2016 NBA Championship Futures Odds – will likely improve dramatically.
Addition: Greg Monroe
Simply put, Milwaukee stunned the entire league with its free agent signing of versatile veteran center Greg Monroe, making them one of the best long shot favorites to cash in on their 2016 NBA Championship Futures Odds in my estimation.
The Bucks will be adding a wily do-it-all veteran that averaged an underrated 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season to a group of athletically-gifted of young players like Jabari Parker,Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Michael-Carter Williams.
Call me crazy, but I think Milwaukee’s addition of the multitalented Monroe makes them very dangerous and a great long shot bet to cash in on their 2016 NBA Championship Futures Odds.
Addition: DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll began the 2014-15 season with Atlanta as a solid, but certainly not, outstanding veteran that gave his best effort at both ends of the floor. By mid-season, Carroll had transformed himself into an invaluable perimeter performer that was undoubtedly one of the best two-way players in the game today.
Carroll averaged a modest 12.6 points and 5.3 assists per game to go along with 1.3 steals per night, but what he really brings to the table for the Toronto Raptors can not be measured in mere statistics.
Carroll is a dogged defender capable of forcing any scorer into a poor shooting performance and a tireless veteran that leads by the example of his unmatched work ethic.
Carroll will immediately help Toronto become even more formidable defensively while providing quality three-point shooting and veteran leadership, thereby immediately improving Toronto’s chances of upsetting favored Cleveland in the Eastern Conference.
Addition: Paul Pierce
Pierce may be older than Methuselah, but he’s still apparently got plenty of game. Pierce averaged a modest 11.9points per game for Washington this past season, but more importantly, provided a level of veteran leadership that has not been seen in the nation’s Capitol in ages.
Pierce took young stars, John Wall Bradley Beal and Otto Porter under his wing and help them all improve dramatically this past season. His addition to a Clippers team that often underachieves at the worst possible moment will be a huge boost to a locker room sorely in need of one, even if his signing didn’t get the same national publicity that many of his contemporaries’ did.
Addition: Tyson Chandler
Stop the presses…the Phoenix Suns signed a…wait for it….a big man!
I know you’re probably stunned like a am that Phoenix didn’t try to add a 10th point guard to their already overcrowded backcourt, but the fact of the matter is that Phoenix pulled off one of the best free agent signings this offseason in adding veteran center Tyson Chandler, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks.
At 32-years-old, the still active Chandler averaged a respectable 10.3 points and stellar 11.5 rebounds per game last season and will provide an immediate defensive presence to a Suns team sorely in need of a backbone.
The loss of Chandler could even turn out to be disastrous for Dallas should the Mavs fail in their bid to acquire DeAndre Jordan as their new man in the middle.
Addition: Gary Neal
I love Washington’s addition of sweet-shooting veteran combo guard Gary Neal, formerly of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Neal averaged a solid 11.8 points per game off Minnesota’s bench late last season after putting up 9.6 per contest for Charlotte in 43 games. Neal will provide even more quality shooting when point guard John Wall drives and kicks, giving Washington the outside shooting force they lost when Paul Pierce decided to bolt town. I like the Wiz as a nice long shot selection to pull off the huge conference upset over favored Cleveland first and foremost.