After what felt like years of drama in Minnesota, Jimmy Butler was finally granted his trade request to a (psuedo) contender last week. In Philadelphia he teams up with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to create one of the most intriguing big three’s in the league, however the fit is far from seamless.
When Jusuf Nurkic was acquired by the Portland Trailblazers two seasons ago he showed a dominant stretch of play that lived up to his nickname ‘Bosnian Boogie’. Since then though the league has continued to evolve and his role and opportunities have become more cloudy.
Harrison Barnes has been miscast as a primary scorer over the last couple of seasons in Dallas, though their lack of offensive weapons has left few other options. With the arrival of Dennis Smith Jr and more importantly Luka Doncic this season, Barnes should slide back into a complimentary role on the Mavs offence.