NBA The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions  

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List Rules This does not include players who resigned with their own teams

NBA free agency is one of the highlights for basketball. Although it takes place after the seasons, both teams and fans' expectations can be dramatically altered based on happens during the summer. Many decisions that seem wise in July can look awful come February. Players don't fit in with what a team is doing and their production doesn't justify their high salaries. But sometimes there are players whose work far outweighs what it cost to lure them to a new city.

The most successful NBA free agent acquisitions can be measured in many ways. For starters, a player's move, much like Amare Stoudemire's from Phoenix to New York or Vlade Divac's from Charlotte to Sacramento, helps jump start a previously moribund franchise and gives a team new found credibility amongst free agents. Other types of successful acquisitions can be when a new player gives his name great bang for the buck, like Chauncey Billups whose time in Detroit saw the team turn into a perennial title contender, while he averaged less than $6 million per season.

But the granddaddy of all successful NBA team switches is also the league's most controversial. In 2010, LeBron James broke many team's hearts, including spurning his hometown Cavaliers, when he decided to take his talents to South Beach. The decision proved to be a wise one. So far, James has won two championship as a member of the Miami Heat with no signs of letting up anytime soon.

Feel free to rank, re-rank and add players as you please. The one stipulation is that they had to have switched teams, not re-signed with the team they were with prior to their contract's expiration

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543 116
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

2
523 131
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Small forward, Power forward

3
354 75
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
gmitch23243 added Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

4
330 126
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

5
370 138
Lebron James to Cleveland (201... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
ranker42 added Lebron James to Cleveland (2014)

6
260 130
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

7
244 159
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

8
220 27
The Big 3 (2007) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
rosemary-hallett added The Big 3 (2007)
the Celtics acquired ray allen, pual pierce and kevin garnett within a couple of weeks. these moves made them a superpower

9
181 84
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
surag added Power forward, Center

10
249 164
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Shooting guard

11
190 69
Kevin Durant to Golden State (... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Tamis1966 added Kevin Durant to Golden State (2016) Small forward, power forward

12
145 150
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Small forward, Power forward

13
130 103
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

14
109 135
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Point guard, Shooting guard

15
108 102
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

16
105 131
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

17
123 226
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Robert Wabash added Power forward, Center

18
104 26
Chris Paul to Clippers (2011) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Tamis1966 added Chris Paul to Clippers (2011)

19
104 53
Kevin Love to Cleveland (2014) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Tamis1966 added Kevin Love to Cleveland (2014) Power forward, center

20
71 113
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
ericrdahl added Point guard, Shooting guard, Guard

21
49 151
Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

22
71 160
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

23
25 31
Michael Jordan to Wizards (200... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
LaSagnaBall added Michael Jordan to Wizards (2001)

Shooting Guard

24
56 89
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Power forward, Center

25
72 20
Chris Paul to Clippers (2011) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Tamis1966 added Chris Paul to Clippers (2011)