NBA: New Faces/New Places 2010

NBA: New Faces/New Places 2010

Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat

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It has been said that the NBA is the only league where off-season player movement is just as popular, if not moreso, than the regular season. Though the avid hoops fan in me doesn’t agree with that notion, I am admittedly a fan of seeing how NBA GMs shape up their rosters, and how the players look in their new digs.

I’ve decided to share my player movement fascination with the rest of you in a feature called New Faces/New Places. New faces, of course, refers to the league’s rookies, while new places is a reference to players who have changed teams via free agency or trade. Take a look below to see where some of your favorite players landed this off-season.

Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York KnicksFormer Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire made the first big off-season splash, signing a free agent deal to become the newest New York Knickerbocker.

Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles LakersOnce an on-court rival of Kobe Bryant, swingman Matt Barnes now joins the Lakers in an effort to three-peat.

David Lee of the Golden State Warriors“Mr. Double-Double” David Lee goes from Broadway to the Bay Area, now a new member of the Golden State Warriors.

John Wall of the Washington WizardsNumber one overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft John Wall celebrates his first Media Day as a member of the Washington Wizards.

Tracy McGrady of the Detroit PistonsHoping for some good luck with his health, Tracy McGrady looks to provide veteran leadership for the Detroit Pistons.

Daniel Orton of the Orlando MagicThe top pick of the Orlando Magic, center Daniel Orton will be learning under the cape of “Superman” Dwight Howard.

Chris Bosh of the Miami HeatFormer Raptors forward Chris Bosh played a key role in the “South Beach Super Team” forming in Miami.

Shaquille O'Neal of the Boston CelticsShaq’s move to Boston adds another interesting chapter to the Celtics vs. Lakers and Kobe vs. Shaq rivalries.

Tiago Splitter and James Anderson of the San Antonio SpursRookies Tiago Splitter and James Anderson will add a much-needed jolt of youth to the Spurs rotation.

Larry Bird and Darren Collison of the Indiana PacersPacers Team President Larry Bird swung a trade to acquire point guard Darren Collison this summer.

Chris Duhon of the Orlando MagicVeteran point guard Chris Duhon will assume backup duties to help the Orlando Magic in their quest to return to the NBA Finals.

Mike Miller of the Miami HeatThe new superstar Miami Heat trio will be complimented by sharpshooter Mike Miller.

Hedo Turkoglu of the Phoenix SunsAfter a disappointing season in Toronto, Hedo Turkoglu looks to rebound in Phoenix after a great FIBA World Championship performance.

Michael Beasley and Lazar Hayward of the Minnesota TimberwolvesFormer Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley and rookie Lazar Hayward react to being asked about the Timberwolves’ playoff chances.

Carlos Boozer of the Chicago BullsAfter leaving Utah, power forward Carlos Boozer hopes to help the Chicago Bulls add another banner to their collection.

Yi Jianlian of the Washington WizardsThe popularity of the Washington Wizards is sure to skyrocket in China, after Yi Jianlian makes the move from New Jersey to the nation’s capital.

DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento KingsRookie DeMarcus Cousins looks to fill the frontcourt void of the Sacramento Kings.

LeBron James of the Miami HeatApparently, LeBron James has been mentally keeping a list of all his critics. Is it his year?

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