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Old 02-17-2012, 01:37 AM   #1
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Default Players who needed a change of scenery/teams that thrived

Sometimes, players that switch teams ende up faring worlds better than their previous one.

What are some instances of 'player goes from Team A to Team B, thrives and plays better on Team B than he did with Team A'.

One example I had:

Grant Hill- Missed a lot of games with injuries in Orlando, but has been healthier (and productive) in Phoenix. In 2001-02, he played just 14 games for the Magic. In his first 4 seasons with the Suns, he missed 14 games combined! (Let's not forget he played in a majority of games when he was with Detroit)
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Players who needed a change of scenery/teams that thrived

JR Smith

from the Denver doghouse to the Knick's FAB 5
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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knicks potential starting 5
Lin
Smith
Melo
Amare
Chandler

tahts a talented starting 5
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:44 AM   #4
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knicks potential starting 5
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Um, Chandler Melo and Amare haven't thrived in New York. Did you read the op?
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:45 AM   #5
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Default Re: Players who needed a change of scenery/teams that thrived

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Old 02-17-2012, 01:47 AM   #6
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Um, Chandler Melo and Amare haven't thrived in New York. Did you read the op?
They've all thrived at various points with the Knicks. Just not together.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:49 AM   #7
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Default Re: Players who needed a change of scenery/teams that thrived

John Wall.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:51 AM   #8
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They've all thrived at various points with the Knicks. Just not together.

When did Melo thrive in New York? (Honest question, I really don't know)
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:54 AM   #9
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Default Re: Players who needed a change of scenery/teams that thrived

I'm surprised no one's mentioned J.LIN

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Old 02-17-2012, 02:00 AM   #10
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Default Re: Players who needed a change of scenery/teams that thrived

Are you asking for an example?

I'd say one of the greatest examples of all-time has to be Jermaine O'Neal going from Portland to Indiana. He went from a garbage time player to an instant all-star. Too lazy to look it up but didn't he also win MIP?

For a current player, even though he fits the system, I believe James Harden can do bigger things as a first option type player. Kinda like how Joe Johnson transitioned, but better.
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Michael Beasley. For a short time though
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:08 AM   #12
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When did Melo thrive in New York? (Honest question, I really don't know)

Last year, when healthy, they played very well. They were 7-1 vs the top teams. Injuries destroyed them though.

Melo being Melo (on Tony Allen too)
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Collison's thrived? He's gotten consistent minutes I guess. He's still the exact same player.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:09 AM   #14
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When did Melo thrive in New York? (Honest question, I really don't know)
Game two of the playoffs springs to mind. He had 42 I think.
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Collison's thrived? He's gotten consistent minutes I guess. He's still the exact same player.
Eh, I'll take that one back. He arguably had his best season as a Hornet, and that was being a backup to Paul. Absurd.
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