40 DeAndre Jordan–Dallas–C (-6): DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks may have been the most underrated move of the entire off-season. As one of the few back to the basket bigs left in the game, Jordan still has a huge impact on the court. The dude averaged 15 rebounds a game and will get plenty of lobs from Dennis Smith Jr and Luka Doncic.
39 Kyle Lowry–Toronto–PG (-19): Kyle Lowry has been a big part of the Raptors’ success over the past few years. But he’s also been a big part of the Raptors’ failures in the post-season. At age 32, this could be Lowry’s final year in his prime and he’ll need to ball out if the Raptors want to bring home the title.
38 Jrue Holiday–New Orleans–PG/SG (+15): During the 2017 season, Holiday had a lot on his mind. His wife had brain cancer and play suffered because of that. But he had his best year as a pro during the 2018 season. He made the All-NBA 1st Defensive Team and averaged 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists per game in the playoffs. If he can repeat that success in the regular season, the Pelicans could take a big step this year.
37 Khris Middleton–Milwaukee–SF/SG (+7): Like Holiday, Middleton had the best season of his career last year and really emerged as a 2nd option for the Bucks. He had such a good year that the Bucks let Jabari Parker go. The Bucks have a lot upside going into this year and Middleton is a big part of that.
36 Marc Gasol–Memphis–C (-6): At age 33, Marc Gasol is still one of the best centers in the NBA. The 7’1″ 260-pound grizzly is a monster down low and has become a pretty good shooter from beyond the arch. Memphis has a tough decision to make on Gasol. Do they trade him as they did with his brother Pau or do they make Marc a grizzly for life?
35 Andre Drummond–Detroit–C (+8): Similar to DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond is a great back to the basket big. Still just 25, he’s the best rebounder in the league at 16 a game and probably the most athletic center in the game. It will be interesting to see him and Blake Griffin paired for a full year this year.
34 Draymond Green–Golden State–PF/SF (-2): While he’s the least talented of the Warriors’ All-Stars, many believe Green is the Warriors’ most important player. Green is the definition of a Swiss Army Knife as he’s the Warriors’ best defender and is a great rebounder and passer.
33 Kemba Walker–Charlotte–PG (+6): Kemba Walker is coming off the best two seasons of his career as he’s made the All-Star team the past two years. But despite averaging over 22 points the last 2 seasons, the Hornets have struggled. Walker could be one of the big names on the trading block if the Hornets suck this year.
32 Kevin Love–Cleveland–PF/C (-11): For the first time since he left Minnesota, Kevin Love is about to become a number one option. While Love isn’t the same player he was the Timberwolves, he still a double-double threat whenever he’s on the floor. If the Cavs want to get the playoffs, Love’s season will be a big part of that.
31 Gordon Hayward–Boston–SF/SG (-8): By far, Gordon Hayward was the toughest player to rank. He’s an All-Star forward in the prime of his career, but he’s coming off one of the most gruesome injuries in the history of basketball. Hayward has said he’s 100% back to normal and luckily he’s in a spot in which the team will not be relying solely on him. Only time will tell.
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