Best Offseason Acquisition


Sam Cassell • Minnesota Timberwolves
Team record: 28-12
With 16 wins in its last 19 games, Minnesota has emerged as one of the teams to beat in the West. This is thanks in no small part to their starting point guard having a career season. Cassell is simply one of the best shooters in the game, and he loves to have the ball when the game's on the line. Most importantly, his arrival has allowed Kevin Garnett to amass a stat-line that would make Harvey Pollack blush.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
40
36.4
.504
.420
.854
3.4
7.5
1.10
0.18
21.1
Bold denotes team leader



Karl Malone • Los Angeles Lakers
Team record: 25-15
The Mailman has missed the last month for the Lakers due to a knee injury, but his impact on the team can't be overlooked. Even though he defers to Shaq down low, Malone is still a productive scorer and rebounder. His passing has surpassed expectations, and -- even at 40 -- he's still able to get up and down the floor better than most power forwards.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
24
32.3
.506
.000
.738
9.5
3.7
1.08
0.54
14.0
Bold denotes team leader



Andre Miller • Denver Nuggets
Team record: 26-18
Lost in all the Carmelo Anthony hoopla has been the solid season enjoyed by Miller. The Nuggets' point guard has been a steadying influence from day one, and has been an effective scorer as well. Miller should at least receive consideration for an All-Star spot in the West.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
44
34.1
.458
.213
.853
4.3
6.3
1.50
0.25
15.8
Bold denotes team leader



Brad Miller • Sacramento Kings
Team record: 30-10
He was an All-Star for the East last season, but he's gotten even better since arriving in Sacramento. Formerly believed to be just a banger, Miller has shown a deft passing touch and an outside shot that has made up for Chris Webber's absence so far this season. A 16-10-5 night from Miller is almost becoming the norm.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
40
38.3
.511
.444
.786
10.7
4.7
0.85
1.38
14.6
Bold denotes team leader



Lamar Odom • Miami Heat
Team record: 16-26
Healthy for the first time in years, Odom is showing the all-around skills that made him one of the game's brightest young stars in his first two seasons. Even though he's playing out of position at power forward for the Heat, he's still been as effective as any post player in the East.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
41
37.9
.411
.269
.728
9.4
4.0
1.02
0.80
16.9
Bold denotes team leader



Gary Payton • Los Angeles Lakers
Team record: 25-15
Arguably the Lakers' most vaulable player over the first half of the season, Payton has been carrying the team recently without Kobe, Shaq or the Mailman. Although his scoring is down, The Glove is still capable of taking over games by himself, and Phil Jackson raves about his floor leadership.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
40
33.7
.465
.300
.712
3.7
6.2
1.35
0.25
14.5
Bold denotes team leader



Latrell Sprewell • Minnesota Timberwolves
Team record: 28-12
Since his arrival in Minnesota, Spree's defense, scoring and overall intensity have been even better than advertised. All of this, and he's still playing out of position at small forward. Teams with Cassell and Garnett to give the Timberwolves the best 1-2-3 punch in the league.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
40
39.1
.429
.293
.821
4.0
3.7
1.20
0.28
18.3
Bold denotes team leader



Keith Van Horn • New York Knicks
Team record: 19-25
Much was made of his supposed differences with new Knick Stephon Marbury, but Van Horn has actually flourished since his former Nets teammate arrived in Gotham. Van Horn's perimeter game works well with Marbury's drive-and-dish style, and the lanky forward has been a plus on the boards as well.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
37
34.2
.442
.362
.816
7.2
1.6
1.14
0.32
16.8
Bold denotes team leader



Antoine Walker • Dallas Mavericks
Team record: 26-16
Walker leads the Mavericks in rebounding, is second on the team in assists, third in scoring, and hasn't missed a game yet this season. While Dallas struggled early in the season, it's starting to build momentum as it heads into the All-Star break, thanks in no small part to the tremendous all-around play of their new forward.
STATISTICS
G
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
2003-04
42
38.3
.422
.282
.523
9.5
5.4
0.67
0.76
16.4
Bold denotes team leader



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