Four NBA players to take the new season by storm with their new franchise

DWIGHT HOWARD

After seasons of struggle with the Houston Rockets and L.A. Lakers, some people seem to have forgotten what a good player Dwight Howard is.

He has a chance to remind them now that he has returned to his home city. The Hawks are a team who do not boast any superstar egos and that can be the perfect fit for Howard at this stage in his career.

Throughout his time in the NBA, the center has averaged 17.8 points and 12.7 assists and has the capabilities to be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. He will see a lot more of the ball than in Houston, so expect to see the old Dwight back.

 

LUOL DENG

The Brit has been a consistent performer throughout his career and following a short stint with the Miami Heat, has the chance to play mentor for an up and coming L.A. Lakers team.

A 4 year, $72 million has been handed to the small forward and he will have the chance to work closely with 2016 second draft pick Brandon Ingram.

Deng has averaged 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in the NBA and can help add some street smarts to a roster that is packed with future All-Stars.

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AL HORFORD

The Celtics are tipped for a big season and Al Horford is a huge part of that. The franchise needed to address their lack of options in the frontcourt, signing him to a 4 year, $113 million deal is a fantastic solution.

He was a consistent performer for the Atlanta Hawks throughout his nine years with the organisation; averaging 14.3 points and 8.9 rebounds while boasting a shooting percentage of 50.5.

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JOE JOHNSON

Another former Laker who will become the mentor on a promising team. After he parted ways with the Brooklyn Nets, Joe Johnson enjoyed a short spell in the Sunshine State but is now in the Western Conference.

The Utah Jazz has flirted with the playoffs but has been missing the experience and know-how to drag them through tight situations.

Players like Gordon Hayward and Trey Lyles will benefit from the experience of the small forward and the Jazz should find themselves involved in postseason action in 2017. His 2 year, $22 million deal is a relative steal.

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