- David Thorpe, NBA
There are two pretty basic issues team officials have to consider when looking to add talent at the trade deadline in the hopes of improving their playoff chances: 1. Is the new talent an upgrade over what's departing? 2. Will the new roster mesh better than the previous one?
This second question is important, because without a doubt, teams can improve with lesser talent if the connection between the players and the head coach is a better fit than what they had before. And teams improve even more dramatically when they acquire superior players who also enhance the overall chemistry of the team.
There is no one magic formula for this, because often players play differently under new coaching, in a new system or with new teammates. Still, certain players that could be available at the trade deadline this season provide minimal "fit" risk. Below are the five best available chemistry guys. Thursday we will discuss the five worst chemistry guys available.
1. Pau Gasol, F, Los Angeles Lakers
David Thorpe ranks the five players potentially available at the trade deadline who would provide the best fit for their new teams from a chemistry standpoint.