Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14

There was a lot of movement this offseason including a huge four team trade. Here are my top 10 impact moves going into the 2012 season.

Dwight Howard/ Steve Nash- Los Angeles Lakers- The Lakers made a big splash this offseason acquiring a star point guard and center. Howard will come in and replace Andrew Bynum with more experience and versatility. Nash is nearing the end of his career, but will give it all he has left with the talent around him in order to win his first ring.
Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson- Philadelphia 76ers- Bynum was brought in to replace Elton Brand who was released by the team this offseason. Bynum possesses rare offensive and defensive skill, but has struggled to stay healthy in his career. Richardson isn’t as explosive as he once was, but will bring veteran leadership to a very young team.
Andre Iguodala- Denver Nuggets- He was also a part of the four team trade. His move to Denver hasn’t been talked about all that much, but I think it could end up having the biggest positive impact out of any transaction that took place this offseason. Iguodala is a steady two way player that gives his all night in and night out, and will blend in perfectly with the preexisting Denver line-up.
Joe Johnson- Brooklyn Nets- This trade is impactful not only for what Johnson brings to the team, but it also helped keep Deron Williams from signing with the Mavericks. Johnson brings another elite scorer to their already formidable backcourt. With unlimited shooting range and a solid defensive presence he could bring some excitement to the new Nets fans.
O.J. Mayo/ Elton Brand- These guys were both cast out by their former teams which now gives them something to prove. However, this list is about impact moves, and not all of them will be successfully impactful. Mayo is young but inconsistent. Brand is past his prime, but can still put up 15 and 10 when healthy. Adding another older veteran to this team isn’t the answer, and Mayo isn’t a suitable replacement to losing out on Williams.
Lou Williams/ Devin Harris- Atlanta Hawks- I’ve marveled at Lou Williams’ talent ever since he came into the league and it was a mistake for Philly to let him go. He will have a tremendous impact on this team if he’s given the freedom to run the offense alone. Harris doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. He’s become a journeyman point guard that shows flashes of stardom, but never actually sticks on a team very long.
Raymond Felton/ Marcus Camby- NY Knicks- Both of them are solid players in their own right, but their impact, especially Felton’s, will be compared to Jeremy Lin’s in Houston. As you know NY chose not to sign Lin and went with Felton to run the team instead. Felton is a safer play, but his limited upside won’t go over well in the Big Apple.
Jeremy Lin- Houston Rockets- Linsanity died out as fast as it arrived, so now it’s time to see if he actually has the skills to make it as an NBA point guard. Something tells me Lin and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn may have something in common soon.
Ray Allen/ Rashad Lewis- Miami Heat- Can these guys still play? The answer is yes, and they will be more than sufficient role players for a team looking to win back to back championships.
Luis Scola- Phoenix Suns- A do-it all type of player that would have benefitted from a guy like Steve Nash, but will still get it done for his new team. Scola is also in danger of a gaining a journeyman label, but he can get a team 20 and 10 so I’m not sure why he’s so underrated. As an undersized power forward he gets the most out of his talent.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dodgers not happy with Padres GM over Matt Kemp trade

Mario Balotelli banned match for offensive Instagram post

Marc Trestman: Benching Jay Cutler could revive QB's career

Rob Gronkowski jokes about Tom Brady saying he's grown up

Rajon Rondo reportedly traded to Mavericks

Washington Post has perfect description for Titans-Jaguars

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Wilbon angry at DC for not supporting Wizards

Urban Meyer on Tim Tebow: 'He wants another shot at playing'

Keenan Lewis: Saints preparing 'funeral' for Falcons

Chris Christie defends being a Cowboys fan

Celtics co-owner: 2024 Olympics would be 'boon for Beantown'

Harbaugh turned down Michigan money in 2011

Extremely rare set of Air Jordan 7s selling for $45,000

Five reasons why Alabama will win College Football Playoff

Hugh Freeze proud of Ole Miss’ record 2.57 team GPA

Youngstown St. addresses Bo Pelini's profanity-laced rant

It's been almost 40 years since NFL's last untelevised game

The NHL has finally fined a player for diving

Ben Roethlisberger: Le’Veon Bell is having an MVP season

Jim Harbaugh comments on the reported offer from Michigan

Michael Jordan's college Converse shoes sell for $33,387

Week 16 NFL game watchability rankings

Game of the week: Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Chicago Bears are the Monstrosity of the Midway

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Andrew Hawkins, other athletes gain support for social statement attire

NBA's most underrated players

Michael Vick nearly debt-free

Dolphins CB rips Brady's career plans

Biggest winners of the MLB offseason

Brian Billick owns Browns fan

Pelini has profane words for Nebraska AD

When bowl results mean more for one school than another

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.