NBA Free Agency 2013: Players Who Will Make Teams Instant Contenders

July 2nd, 2013 by Steven Cook Leave a reply »

Every year's NBA free-agency class boasts dozens of players who will make big impacts on their respective teams. But there are only a handful of players who can immediately change the culture of a franchise.

These players know about high expectations. Whoever lands them in the coming days will have their sights set on contending for an NBA championship. The jewels of this year's free-agent class will send shockwaves across the Association with their upcoming decisions.

Let's take a look at those players who will turn their new teams into instant contenders in 2013-14.


Dwight Howard

The "Dwightstakes" have officially begun, and the five teams fortunate enough to land a face-to-face visit from Superman will be able to call themselves as NBA title contenders if he joins.

Say what you will about Dwight Howard's antics, indecisiveness and personality, but he's arguably a future Hall of Fame center in an era with few dominant big men. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2004 averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game on a Lakers team that never truly clicked.

Howard's ...

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