Malcolm Brogdon, Indiana Pacers
The Pacers paid Malcom Brogdon a lot of money. He is not the reason for their 0-3 start. Brogdon has been exceptional in the Victor Oladipo role, putting up points and shooting over 43% for the season. Brogdon has also posted a double double in each game so far this season.
Brogdon got a huge contract at four years and $85 million, but he has looked worth every penny. He will fit in perfectly when Oladipo comes back, potentially being one of the most productive guard tandems in the league. Brogdon has shown in his time with Milwaukee that he doesn’t need the ball to be effective, when the Pacers star comes back Brogdon will be established as a real threat that will force teams to game plan opening up opportunities.
Kelly Oubre Jr., Phoenix Suns
I was a huge fan of the Suns offseason. Adding Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric and Aaron Baynes solidified a young roster with veterans that bring multiple skills to the table. The best move by far was resigning Kelly Oubre Jr to a 2-year $30 million deal. Oubre Jr. is still just 24 years old is in his fourth season in the NBA after being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks #14 overall, ultimately being traded on draft night to the Washington Wizards where he suffered in the wasteland of John Wall’s deteriorating legacy.
Oubre Jr. in Phoenix has been allowed to be the running mate of star Devin Booker. Running the wing and opening up his offensive game has contributed to a great start in 2019-2020 averaging 20 a game over the first four. With Rubio handling the ball and the extra scoring opportunities due to the suspension of DeAndre Ayton Oubre Jr. will continue to progress and become a future All-Star.
Rodney Hood, Portland Trailblazers
Rodney Hood has never lived up to the hype coming out of Duke. The former #23 overall pick has always had trouble holding down a starting spot for whatever team he has been a part of. He has seemed to find his place in Portland, signing a miniscule 2-year/ $12 million dollar deal, Portland has found a valuable 3 and d wing that complements Dam Lillard and CJ McCollum perfectly.
Hood started the season off slow, but after the injury to power forward Zac Collins the Blazers have been forced to move to a consistently smaller lineup. Hood has thrived shooting over 51% on the season including 50% from behind the arc. Portland will have to wait for big man Jusuf Nurkic to come back in a few month before we know exactly how much of a threat they will be in the stacked Western Conference. We do know that for now their third most important player was grabbed from the bargain bin.
Did I miss anyone?