#3 Paul Millsap – Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap will provide the Nets with many intangibles needed for them to be able to compete for a championship. Millsap has been an all-star multiple times and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2016.
Millsap is still getting it done at the age of 35, as he’s currently averaging 12.1 points on a very respectable 48.6 percent shooting clip and 5.9 rebounds per game; all for a team that’s competing for a championship.
The Nuggets go from a defensive rating of 110.7 defensive rating with him off the court to 102.2 with him on the court, and their offensive rating is 113.5 with him on as opposed to 110, which accounts for an 11.3 net rating.
That 102.2 rating would put the Nuggets right behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the best defensive net rating in the league.
Those numbers prove that he still has the IQ that makes him a great defender, and you can still feasibly stick him in the post to body bigger, more physical guys than him.
Brooklyn currently ranks 8th in defensive net rating at 108.3, so throwing a highly skilled defender such as Millsap out there could very well catapult the Nets into the top 3 defensive net rating discussion whenever the LSU product takes the floor for the black-and-white.
In addition to his 44 percent shooting clip from beyond the arc, Millsap also converts 68.2 percent of his looks at the rim with 69.3 percent of those looks coming from assists, so that will be very useful on a team that loves to move the ball, but also has two guys that attracts the attention of every defender on the floor.