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The 2023-24 NBA season kicks off on Tuesday, October 24 with the Denver Nuggets looking to repeat as champions. Fred VanVleet is now in Houston, Damian Lillard is now a Milwaukee Buck and Deandre Ayton is now pulling down rebounds in Portland. Need a hand keeping up with all of the latest NBA moves? We’ve got you covered. The team name in parenthesis is the most-recent team that player was previously with.

2023-24 NBA Roster Additions

Atlanta Hawks – Patty Mills (BKN), Wesley Matthews (MIL)

Patty Mills will bring a shed of light to the backup guard position as a trustworthy ball-handler who only averages one turnover a game for his career and has averaged anywhere between 14-29 minutes played per game over the past two seasons. Journeyman Matthews brings much-needed depth to the small forward position and could provide guidance for young potential at the forward spot including D’Andre Hunter, AJ Griffin and Saddiq Bey.

Boston Celtics – Dalano Banton (TOR), Oshae Brissett (IND), Wenyen Gabriel (LAL), Jrue Holiday (MIL), Svi Mykhailiuk (CHA), Kristaps Porzingis (WAS), Neemias Queta (SAC), Jay Scrubb (ORL), Lamar Stevens (CLE)

The Celtics were able to keep their core of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown but there was high turnover at many other spots on the roster. Jrue Holiday was traded to the Celtics from Portland and will bring high energy on the defensive end, similar to what Marcus Smart brought who is now in Memphis. Given that he’s healthy, Porzingis brings in scoring at the power forward position that Boston desperately needed last season whenever Tatum wasn’t on the floor in that spot. Brisett and Gabriel will round out the PF spot and both could potentially see minutes at the center position as well. The other players listed will likely be fighting for bench spots unless injuries occur.

Brooklyn Nets – Darius Bazley (PHX), Armoni Brooks (TOR), Harry Giles (POR), Dennis Smith Jr. (CHA), Lonnie Walker (LAL), Trendon Watford (POR)

Bazley, Smith Jr. and Walker will all bring much needed athleticism to Brooklyn as this team went quickly from NBA Finals contender when healthy to maybe a play-in team in a matter of one season. They’ll take pressure on the offensive end away from Ben Simmons as this team will look to rebuild around Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson. Brooks and Giles haven’t played since 2021-22 with Watford adding depth to the power forward position.

Charlotte Hornets – Miles Bridges (CHA), Frank Ntilikina (DAL), Edmond Sumner (BKN)

Miles Bridges is back in a Charlotte uniform after a year of legal ramifications held him out of the NBA as a whole in 2022-23. He should slot nicely back in the power forward spot where he averaged 20 ppg in 2021-22. Sumner should slot nicely in the backup point guard position behind LaMelo Ball with Ntilikina adding guard depth as well.

Chicago Bulls – Jevon Carter (MIL), Torrey Craig (PHX), Quenton Jackson (WAS)

The Bulls didn’t go crazy on free agents in the offseason but did pick up needed point guard depth with Carter and adding Craig will go a long way in general as he can play either forward position effectively. Jackson only played in nine games as a rookie averaging 15 minutes per game and will be fighting for an opening night roster spot.

Cleveland Cavaliers – Ty Jerome (GSW), Damian Jones (UTA), Georges Niang (PHI), Max Strus (MIA), Tristan Thompson (LAL)

Strus was a huge addition to this team that was looking for some consistency at the starting small forward position and looks to be beginning the season as the team’s starter in that spot. Jones, Niang and Thompson bulk up the big-man depth behind starters Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen. Jerome will do the same at the shooting guard position slotted behind Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert on the depth chart.

Dallas Mavericks – Seth Curry (BKN), Dante Exum (CLE), Richaun Holmes (SAC), Derrick Jones Jr. (CHI), Joe Wieskamp (TOR), Grant Williams (BOS)

Holmes, Jones Jr., and Williams will all be of help for the Mavericks who needed to bolster their front court aside from drafting Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper. Curry will bring energy off the bench with his 3-pt shooting skills with Exum and Wiseskamp likely fighting for roster spots and minutes off the bench in general.

Denver Nuggets – Justin Holiday (DAL), Jay Huff (WAS)

The reigning NBA Champs didn’t do much in the free agent market this offseason. Jay Huff will see minimal time as a reserve center with Justin Holiday helping fill the void that Bruce Brown left at the SG/SF position as he signed with the Pacers this offseason.

Detroit Pistons – Joe Harris (BKN), Monte Morris (WAS)

Harris has a shot to enter the starting lineup out of the gates in his first season with the Pistons as the team has a huge need for outside shooting. At the very least he’ll be first off the bench. Morris brings a needed veteran presence to the backup point guard spot as the team could be potentially moving on from an inefficient Killian Hayes as the season progresses.

Golden State Warriors – Cory Joseph (DET), Rodney McGruder (DET), Chris Paul (PHX), Jerome Robinson, Dario Saric (OKC), Donovan Williams (ATL), Usman Garuba (HOU), Rudy Gay (UTA)

Will Paul be a good fit in Golden State? This question has crossed every NBA fan’s head going into the 2023-24 season as it looks like he, Curry and Thompson will all be in the starting lineup to begin the season. Joseph is another veteran guard the Warriors added who should fit nicely on the bench rotation. Saric will come off the bench and should see 10-15 minutes per game at either the PF or C position. All other players on this list will likely be competing for roster spots or minutes heading into the season.

Houston Rockets – Dillon Brooks (MEM), Reggie Bullock (DAL), Jeff Green (DEN), Aaron Holiday (ATL), Jock Landale (PHX), Fred VanVleet (TOR), Victor Oladipo (OKC)

One of the biggest signings early in NBA free agency was Van Vleet to the Rockets in which he looks to prove he’s worth every cent of his 3-year $130 million deal. He’ll start alongside Jalen Green with Bullock and Brooks filling out bench depth at the SG/SF positions. Landale will come off the bench for starting center Alperen Sengun. Green and Holiday are both veterans who could be fighting for roster spots as the season progresses. Oladipo was a very late add to the Houston roster after being traded from OKC on Oct. 17  for Kevin Porter Jr. and draft picks. It could take him a handful of games to get acclimated with the team.

Indiana Pacers – Bruce Brown (DEN), Obi Toppin (NYK)

Brown was an under-the-radar signing by the Pacers who will easily slot in to the starting small forward position and will undoubtedly bolster the overall on-ball defensive presence of the team. Toppin didn’t pan out in New York how many might have thought, but he should be the starting power forward for the Pacers bringing athleticism to that position the team has been lacking as of recent seasons.

Los Angeles Clippers – Kenyon Martin Jr. (HOU)

Martin Jr. played in all 82 games last season which is just what the doctor ordered for a Clippers team that’s been riddled by injuries over the past two seasons. He’ll be one of the first off the bench for L.A., but could potentially start in a handful of games with uncertainties of injuries playing a factor in that.

Los Angeles Lakers – Jaxson Hayes (NOP), Taurean Prince (MIN), Cam Reddish (POR), Gabe Vincent (MIA), Christian Wood (DAL)

The Lakers brought in a ton of support to offset the many losses they had over the offseason. Hayes and Wood will be solid compliments off the bench as the team lacked depth behind Anthony Davis last season. Prince and Reddish do the same for LeBron James at the SF position with Vincent rounding out depth at the point guard position off the bench. All should play a role in the team’s rotation to start up the 2023-24 season.

Memphis Grizzlies – Derrick Rose (NYK), Marcus Smart (BOS), Shaquille Harrison (LAL)

Ja Morant is suspended the first 25 games of the season in which both Rose and Smart will pick up that workload. Smart played his first nine seasons as a member of the Celtics with this being Rose’s 5th different team he’s played for in the last nine. Harrison could pick up some point guard minutes during the suspension as well but will have trouble staying in the rotation once Morant is back given everyone stays healthy.

Miami Heat – Thomas Bryant (DEN), Justin Champagnie (BOS), R.J. Hampton (DET), Josh Richardson (NOP), Dru Smith (BKN), Cole Swider (LAL)

Richardson returns to Miami playing his first four years of his career for the Heat before playing for five different teams between 2019-23. He should slot in the starting lineup with the departure of Max Strus. Bryant was an underrated signing for the Heat as he should serve as a nice compliment off the bench for Bam Adebayo. Champagnie, Hampton, Smith and Swider will all be competing for bench and rotation spots throughout the season.

Milwaukee Bucks – Malik Beasley (LAL), Damian Lillard (POR), Robin Lopez (CLE), Cameron Payne (PHX), TyTy Washington (HOU)

Lillard made arguably the biggest splash of the NBA offseason, getting traded from Portland to Milwaukee as him and Beasley will serve as the starting backcourt to start the 2023 season. Payne and Washington will fill out guard depth for the Bucks as Lopez is back again playing with his brother but will see minimal playing time as the team’s 2nd center off the bench.

Minnesota Timberwolves – Troy Brown (LAL), Trevor Keels (NYK), Vit Krejci (ATL), Tyrese Martin (ATL), Shake Milton (PHI), Daishen Nix (HOU)

Of this group, Brown and Milton will have the biggest impact as key role players coming off the bench for the Timberwolves at the guard and small forward position respectively. Keels, Krejci and Nix will all be fighting for roster spots.

New Orleans Pelicans – Malcolm Hill (CHI), Cody Zeller (MIA)

Zeller will be a key big man off the bench for the Pelicans backing up Jonas Valanciunas averaging 6.5 pts and 4.3 rebounds during the 2022-23 regular season. The Pelicans will be his fourth team in the last four years. Hill will be fighting for a roster spot playing nine total minutes last season.

New York Knicks – Ryan Arcidiacono (POR), Charlie Brown Jr. (PHI), Donte DiVincenzo (GSW), Nathan Knight (MIN), Dylan Windler (CLE)

DiVincenzo will be a spark off the bench for the Knicks with his sharp shooting skills averaging nine points while shooting 40% from 3-pt range last season for the Warriors. He has solid playoff experience playing with the Bucks for four seasons as well. Everyone else on this list will be competing for roster spots or will be playing in the G-League this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder – Davis Bertans (DAL), Jack White (DEN), Kevin Porter Jr. (HOU)

Bertans has averaged between 4-5 ppg with the Mavericks over the past two seasons but could be buried down the depth chart with multiple talented big men on the OKC roster. White will be competing for a roster spot or play for the G-League this season. After offseason antics landed Porter Jr. in some hot water, he was traded to the Thunder on Oct 17th and should fit nicely in the every game rotation for the Thunder given that he stays out of legal trouble.

Orlando Magic – Joe Ingles (MIL), Mac McClung (PHI), Trevelin Queen (IND), Brandon Williams (POR), D.J. Wilson (TOR)

Everyone on this list will likely be up and down from the G-League besides veteran Joe Ingles who will slot in as the small forward off the bench and should be a voice of reason on the floor for the Magic who have a slew of young talent. He averaged seven points in 46 games for the Bucks last season.

Philadelphia 76ers – Mo Bamba (LAL), Patrick Beverley (CHI), David Duke Jr. (BKN), Danny Green (CLE), Kelly Oubre (CHA)

The 76ers decided to bulk up on experience during free agency as all of Beverly, Green and Oubre have 8+ years of NBA experience. All will have key roles off the bench for Philadelphia this season. Bamba adds needed depth to the center position in which starter Joel Embiid hasn’t played more than 68 games during any regular season of his career. Duke Jr. will likely be competing for a roster spot throughout the season.

Phoenix Suns – Grayson Allen (MIL), Udoka Azubuike (UTA), Keita Bates-Diop (SAS), Bradley Beal (WAS), Bol Bol (ORL), Drew Eubanks (POR), Jordan Goodwin (WAS), Eric Gordon (LAC), Keon Johnson (POR), Nassir Little (POR), Chimezie Metu (SAC), Jusuf Nurkic (POR), Yuta Watanabe (BKN)

Ah where to begin with this Suns eventful offseason? Not only did they add all these players to the roster, but they’ll have a new head coach in Frank Vogel as well. Beal and Nurkic will slot into the starting lineup as the team dealt away Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton. Allen, Bates-Diop and Watanabe will all be key role players for the Suns off the bench, Eubanks and Bol Bol add needed depth at center with Eric Gordon bringing more veteran prowess to the team shooting 42% from 3-pt range after being dealt to the Clippers from the Rockets last season. Little is the only other player left of this bunch who should crack the rotation at least to start the season. Azubuike, Goodwin, Johnson and Metu will be competing for roster positions as one or two could crack the every game rotation at some point this season.

Portland Trail Blazers – Deandre Ayton (PHX), Malcolm Brogdon (BOS), Robert Williams (BOS)

This Portland team was flipped on its head after trading away Damian Lillard to the Bucks, only to get Jrue Holiday then trading him to the Celtics. As a result the Trail Blazers came away with a haul of draft picks as well as Ayton, Brogdon and Williams. Ayton will replace Jusif Nurkic as the starting center with Brogdon and Williams first off the bench at their respective positions. Worth to note Williams hasn’t played more than 61 regular season games in any of his five seasons in the NBA.

Sacramento Kings – Chris Duarte (IND), Jeremy Lamb (IND), JaVale McGee (DAL), Jaylen Nowell (MIN)

Nowell and Durate are the key players of this bunch who should come off the bench as part of the every game rotation given they’re healthy. Both averaged 8+ points for their respective teams last season. Lamb will attempt to crack the rotation at some point this season with McGee filling out center position depth as Domontas Sabonis and Alex Len sit ahead of him on the depth chart.

San Antonio Spurs – Cedi Osman (CLE)

Osman spent his first six seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and he should pick up solid minutes as a part of this very young Spurs rotation. He’ll come off the bench as a reliable asset playing between 59-77 games in each NBA season of his career.

Toronto Raptors – Jalen McDaniels (PHI), Dennis Schröder (LAL), Garrett Temple (NOP)

Schröder will fill the gap that Fred Van Vleet left in the starting lineup for Toronto with McDaniels filling out forward depth on the bench as well and should be apart of the rotation. Temple will do his best to pick up minutes coming off the bench at the SG/SF positions but will need to impress if he wants minutes in every game.

Utah Jazz – John Collins (ATL), Romeo Langford (SAS), Omer Yurtseven (MIA)

The John Collins Era in Atlanta is over as he was traded by the Hawks to the Jazz over the offseason. He’ll become the new starting power forward for Utah as the team has struggled in the post recently. Both Langford and Yurtseven have seen minimal playing time in their short time in the NBA and will need to impress during the preseason if they want to see any sort of playing time.

Washington Wizards – Patrick Baldwin Jr. (GSW), Jared Butler (OKC), Danilo Gallinari (BOS), Tyus Jones (MEM), Mike Muscala (BOS), Eugene Omoruyi (DET), Jordan Poole (GSW), Ryan Rollins (GSW), Landry Shamet (PHX)

As a result of offseason trades, the Wizards bring in a haul of new players. Jones and Poole will start in the backcourt for the Wizards replacing Monte Morris and Bradley Beal. Gallinari should play a pivotal role off the bench at the SF/PF positions. Shamet and Muscala may not play much out of the gates, but these two have experience and talent to crack the every game rotation for Washington. Butler, Rollins, Baldwin Jr. and Omoruyi will fight for consistent minutes as the season progresses and any one of them could see consistent playing time if injuries occur.

2023-24 GoldSheet Basketball

The first edition of The Basketball GoldSheet will be available on November 1 once each NBA team has had a week under its belt so that we can have the stat sheets and game logs properly filled. Here’s what you can expect from The Basketball GoldSheet for the 2023-24 Season:

  • Similar to The Football GoldSheet, the 2023-24 edition of The Basketball GoldSheet will feature components of Confidential Tip-Off and The Basketball Record, which were previously separate products. This year, everything is combined into one product.
  • The Basketball GoldSheet newsletter will feature daily NBA and NCAAB game previews released by 12pm ET / 9am PT during the week and 10am ET / 7am PT on the weekends to accommodate for the earlier start times.
  • The Basketball Record provides a game log for every team with scores and point spread results.
  • The Basketball Spreadsheet provides situational records for each team based on their home/road splits and how they are performing as a favorite or as an underdog.

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