Offseason grades for all 30 NBA teams (30 items)
So far, the NBA offseason has been full of action with moves that will change the face of the league for this upcoming season. Not only were teams able to add some tremendous talent through the annual draft, but they have also had opportunities to improve through the addition of free agents.
This NBA summer has been flooded with moves, some of which have made changed teams better, others have made them worse. Here is a list of every NBA team's offseason grade based on moves they've made and the players they drafted.
1 of 30. Utah Jazz
The fact of the matter is that Deng, Stephenson and Ariza were all on the market the same time as Hayward, but all signed for less money. Hayward certainly isn't the best of the four players, and it is clear that he was overpaid, but the Jazz saw it fit to keep him.
Under new head coach Quin Snyder, defense will be a priority, and that is something Hayward can complement now. Hayward is also familiar with the roster and he can perhaps have a breakout season under Snyder's new system.
Where the Jazz really were impressive this offseason was in the draft. When considering what Utah did with the picks it had (fifth and 23rd overall), the Jazz may have had the best draft in the league.
With the fifth overall pick, the Jazz drafted Dante Exum, a 6-6 guard who many thought would be a top-three pick. Exum is gifted with size, quickness and court vision. He is an excellent passer, who is full of potential. He could be a superstar in the making, and for Utah, that is something to be extremely excited about.
With the 23rd overall pick, the Jazz drafted Rodney Hood, a sharpshooter who played alongside Parker at Duke. Hood proved in the summer league that he can be a deadly three-point shooter, and if he can remain consistent, he could see solid minutes this season.
The Jazz lost Williams, Rush and Jefferson, but signed Trevor Booker (two years, $9.7 million) and Steve Novak to replace what they had lost.
Overall, the Jazz ended up overpaying for Hayward and Booker, but they also added two great pieces through the draft. Utah has a young team with a ton to look forward to, but as far as improvement goes, the Jazz still have a long way to go.
2 of 30. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks lost Lou Williams, a player that gave them life off the bench at times, but they also signed defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha to a three-year deal. They also signed a small deal with Kent Bazemore, a young player who showed signs of promise in Los Angeles this past season.
The Hawks have a solid core in Jeff Teague, Millsap, Horford, and they certainly made some moves to shake things up a little bit, but nothing big enough to make them that much better.
3 of 30. Boston Celtics
Boston lost Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless, neither of whom should have a negative impact on the team.
The Celtics have an upcoming star in Smart, and if they decide that he is the point guard of the future then Rajon Rondo could be a valuable trade asset. Whether Rondo is dealt or not, the Celtics have had a decent offseason and their additions will fit nicely with Rondo, Bradley and Jeff Green.
4 of 30. Brooklyn Nets
While they added Jarrett Jack, a solid guard, they also added Bojan Bogdanovic and Sergey Karasev, neither of whom will likely make any positive impact this season.
Brooklyn lost Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Marcus Thornton, all of whom saw regular playing time last season. They also lost their coach Jason Kidd, who has been replaced by Lionel Hollins.
In short, Brooklyn got worse this offseason. Add its disappointing summer to the fact that it has a new coach, an injury-plagued Deron Williams and an ancient Kevin Garnett, this season looks like a nightmare for the Nets.
5 of 30. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets also added Marvin Williams, a forward who came on strong for the Utah Jazz at the end of last season, as well as PJ Hairston in the draft. Their only loss that might hurt them is that of Josh McRoberts, but Charlotte is optimistic that its added talent can fill the void.
With the significant improvements Charlotte made this offseason, and its core of Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker, the Hornets are likely to move up in the standings from where they were last season.