Three NBA veterans who could surprise you next season

A lof of players changed franchises throughout the summer and while much of the excitement surrounds players in their primes – like Kevin Durant – the old guard can’t be forgotten about.

Experience counts for some much in today’s league and it can be the difference between a team floundering below .500 and missing out on the playoffs or truly reaching their full potential. Here are three veteran players who can thrive with their new franchises in 2016/17.\

PAU GASOL

Coming off a 72-game season with the Chicago Bulls, the Spaniard still has a lot to offer, and the San Antonio Spurs are poised to capitalise.

Gasol is the perfect Gregg Popovich player; a man with bundles of experience who is prepared to put the team first. He will help plug the hole left by Tim Duncan in the dressing room and will offer valuable experience to the younger guys.

 

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DWYANE WADE

There have been numerous doubts about how the Chicago Bulls’ big three will get on next season. They are all ball-dominant players who lack a stroke from behind the arc and like to attack the basket.

However, as an experienced guy in the league, Dwyane Wade has the smarts to make a success of his time back in his home city.

 

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JOE JOHNSON

The Utah Jazz has been looking for the experienced head to guide their young roster through a breakthrough year, and they have finally found their man.

After leaving the Brooklyn Nets, he thrived at the Miami Heat, shooting 51.8 percent from the field for his 13.4 points per night. 3.8 assists also showed a keen eye for a pass from the three spot.

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