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2014 NBA Offseason: 10 Biggest Winners Thus Far

Top 10 Winners of NBA Offseason

Top 10 Winners of NBA Offseason
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The NBA has seen no shortage on moves that have shaken up things in the league this offseason. Like is always the case, though, those moves have left some teams sitting pretty and some teams wanting desperately. On the optimistic side of things, though, these are the 10 teams that have come out of this offseason smelling like roses so far this offseason.

10. Minnesota Timberwolves

10. Minnesota Timberwolves
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10. Minnesota Timberwolves

10. Minnesota Timberwolves
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It may seem crazy to say that the Wolves are winners when they’re poised to trade Kevin Love, but that’s somewhat subjective. Love has had one foot out of the door for a while and Minnesota is wise to get something in return. Also, the fact that they are getting a fantastic package and a future with a guy like Andrew Wiggins in return doesn’t hurt their cause either. They’re losing Love, but they’ve made the best they could of that.

9. Doug McDermott

9. Doug McDermott
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9. Doug McDermott

9. Doug McDermott
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Most people would agree that McDermott has one of the widest range of outcomes for his NBA career as a prospect. However, going to a team like Chicago is one of the best things that could’ve happened to them. The team can hide any defensive shortcomings, can desperately use his offensive game, and can insert him carefully in a role to succeed.

8. Los Angeles Clippers

8. Los Angeles Clippers
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8. Los Angeles Clippers

8. Los Angeles Clippers
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The Clippers have been on the cusp of greatness the past few seasons, but haven’t yet gotten over the hump. There have been a number of reasons why, but one of the biggest has been a shallow frontcourt. With the addition of Spencer Hawes and the likely possibility of removing Donald Sterling’s shadow as well, the Clips should be poised for something special.

7. Victor Oladipo

7. Victor Oladipo
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7. Victor Oladipo

7. Victor Oladipo
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In his rookie season, the Magic ran sort of an experiment with Victor Oladipo where he was playing out of his normal position at the point. Now with rookie Elfrid Payton coming into town, Oladipo can go back to his more natural position with a more versatile game. The Magic aren’t going to be good, but Oladipo could have a promising sophomore campaign.

6. Chris Bosh

6. Chris Bosh
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6. Chris Bosh

6. Chris Bosh
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While the Big Three were in Miami, Bosh was often the scapegoat for any kind of struggles the team had. Now that he’s getting paid top dollar, Bosh is going to be the go-to guy with the Heat, but he may no longer be the scapegoat. With that kind of money and not having to take the lion’s share of the blame, Bosh is a big winner.

5. Chandler Parsons

5. Chandler Parsons
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5. Chandler Parsons

5. Chandler Parsons
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Especially with all of the talk coming out of Houston about Harden and Dwight, Parsons’ potential was never going to be maximized with the Rockets. Now that he’s going to be featured in Dallas and is finally going to get some big money in his bank account, Parsons is definitely in a much more ideal situation going forward.

4. Charlotte Hornets

4. Charlotte Hornets
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4. Charlotte Hornets

4. Charlotte Hornets
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The Hornets have proven to be a team on the rise and this offseason only further solidified that. Not only did they nail the draft by nabbing Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston in the first round, but they were also able to pull off an enormous signing with Lance Stephenson. If you’re counting the Hornets out, that’s probably a bad call.

3. Chicago Bulls

3. Chicago Bulls
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3. Chicago Bulls

3. Chicago Bulls
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Bringing in Pau Gasol, 2011 draft pick Nikola Mirotic, amnestying Carlos Boozer, and drafting Doug McDermott are all huge moves for the Bulls heading into this season. As if that weren’t enough, they also get a player named Derrick Rose back healthy this season, which I think might help them.

2. New York Knicks

2. New York Knicks
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2. New York Knicks

2. New York Knicks
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This offseason could have gone atrociously for the Knicks, but it instead swung the opposite way. They were able to re-sign Carmelo Anthony to a long-term deal, upgraded at the guard position, now have a semi-stable rotation, and maximized trading into the second round of the draft. With Phil Jackson in the front office, the Knicks are definitely heading towards positive things.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
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This isn’t even a question at this point. The Cavs signed LeBron James, are almost surely trading for Kevin Love, and have filled out a solid supporting cast around those guys. Even without the supporting cast, though, being able to add LeBron and Love is enough to win the offseason in the NBA.