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

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474 121
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
LeBron James to Miami (2010) Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

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330 126
Lebron James to Cleveland (201... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
ranker42 added Lebron James to Cleveland (2014)

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298 117
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
gmitch23243 added Kobe Bryant to Lakers (1996) Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

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237 120
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
surag added Moses Malone to Philadelphia (1982) Power forward, Center

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218 147
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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The Big 3 (2007) is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Ray Allen to Miami (2012) Shooting guard

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135 134
Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Robert Horry to San Antonio (2003) Small forward, Power forward

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Kevin Durant to Golden State (... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Tamis1966 added Kevin Durant to Golden State (2016) Small forward, power forward

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119 93
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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102 130
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Gilbert Arenas to Washington (2003) Point guard, Shooting guard

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118 204
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Robert Wabash added Dwight Howard to Houston (2013) Power forward, Center

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98 122
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Joe Johnson to Atlanta (2004) Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

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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)

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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

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69 104
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
ericrdahl added Goran Dragić to Phoenix (2012) Point guard, Shooting guard, Guard

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47 142
Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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69 149
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Amar'e Stoudemire to New York (2010) Power forward, Center

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Chris Paul to Clippers (2011) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Tamis1966 added Chris Paul to Clippers (2011)

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34 161
Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
surag added Lance Stephenson to Charlotte (2014) Point guard, Shooting guard

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18 4
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
1517884089788 added Kyrie Irving Point guard

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Gordon Hayward to Boston (2017... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Tamis1966 added Gordon Hayward to Boston (2017)

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Steve Nash to Lakers (2012) is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Steve Nash to Lakers (2012)

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Chandler Parsons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
surag added Chandler Parsons to Dallas (2014) Small forward, Power forward, Point forward

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Michael Jordan to Wizards (200... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
LaSagnaBall added Michael Jordan to Wizards (2001) Shooting Guard

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7 13
Paul Millsap to Denver is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Rusty Shackelford added Paul Millsap to Denver

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7 16
Nick Young to Golden State is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions
Rusty Shackelford added Nick Young to Golden State