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NBA: Five players thriving at new teams

This summer didn't exactly bring us any superstar free agency moves, with the offseason dominated by the Kevin Durant trade that never happened.

However, there are still plenty of players excelling in fresh surroundings this season. With a few weeks of the season behind us, let's take a look at five players who are thriving since their summer switches. 

Donovan Mitchell

Mitchell managed to keep quiet through most of his trade saga in the summer, with the Miami Heat and New York Knicks chasing him. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers swooped for the All-Star and he hasn't looked back since.

Mitchell is averaging 31.9 points per game on 51% shooting from the field in Cleveland. He's elevated the side to second in the East, having had spells at both point guard and shooting guard. 

His partnership with Darius Garland is blooming, turning the Cavs into interesting outside contenders. Mitchell's huge impact has also seen him cut to 28/1 to win MVP this year.

It helps that Mitchell was traded onto a side with an excellent core in place, but the guard has elevated that and he's taken his game to another level in the process.

Unfortunately, his former Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert hasn't quite made the list. The Timberwolves have struggled with the fit between their three big men, meaning the biggest offseason trade hasn't quite adjusted yet.

Dejounte Murray

Another big guard addition in the East was Murray signing for the Atlanta Hawks, who have paired him in a standout backcourt with Trae Young. There's probably no stronger guard pairing in the East, with Murray's arrival helping the Hawks into fourth place in the standings.

Murray and Young are dovetailing well, with the former San Antonio Spur averaging 22.6 points per game since his summer switch. On Monday Murray led the team in Young's absence, scoring 25 points in a 117-98 win over the previously unbeaten Milwaukee Bucks.

There were concerns over how combining two on-ball guards like Murray and Young would work. 

However, it's given the pair the option to play as a decoy, tricking opposition defences and giving each other more space in possession. It remains to be seen how they'll potentially fare in the play-offs, but the new-look Hawks have made a great start.

Jalen Bruson

After a breakout run in the play-offs with the Dallas Mavericks last year, Brunson secured a big move to New York. The deal is being investigated by the league given that it looked done well before free agency opened, but the move is paying off for the Knicks.

Brunson is averaging just under 20 points per game in New York, while he's chipping in with 6.8 assists per night. The point guard position has been an issue for the Knicks for a long time, with the homecoming of Kemba Walker recently built up as the solution, only for them to ship him out in the offseason.

The Knicks cleared Walker and some more salary to hand Brunson a huge deal and he's quickly become the focal point of his new side. 

He was targeted by the Bucks early in the season, with Milwaukee shutting down Brunson in order to beat the Knicks. However, despite the depth of competition in the Eastern Conference, he's got the franchise into seventh.

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Jerami Grant

Grant was an under-the-radar offseason move, with the Detroit Pistons getting a first-round pick and a couple of seconds for him. It was far less than they'd reportedly demanded, while it was a signing which seemingly didn't move the needle for Portland.

However, the Trail Blazers have made a brilliant start to the season with their 8-3 start. Grant has started ten of those games, averaging 18-points-per-game. He's also chipping in on the defensive end, which has helped guide Portland to a surprisingly good start.

Kevin Huerter

Huerter was shipped out of Atlanta after Murray joined, with Mo Harkless, Justin Holiday and a pick going the other way. 

It seemed like the Hawks were just clearing house at the time, but Huerter has adapted well enough in Sacramento to earn a spot on this list.

The three-point specialist has made a great start to life in California, averaging 16.6 points per game with the Kings. He's currently shooting at over 50% from three, having made 10 starts for the Kings since arriving.

Huerter is taking more three-point shots in Sacramento too. The Kings have performed well without breaking into the Play-in spots, but the impact Huerter has made has kept them competitive. 

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