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Veteran pickups paying off for some NBA teams

Chris Andersen of the Heat

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Chris Andersen of the Heat

Kicking the tires on a veteran role player is what most contenders do in the second half of the season, but the pickups rarely prove beneficial. Here are three scrap-heap gambles that worked out for teams hoping to still be making noise in May.

Mike James, Dallas

Rank turnovers/game18th2nd

Strengths: Ballhandling, spot-up shooting. After being called up from the D-League, James helped stabilize a revolving door at point guard.

Chris Andersen, Miami

Opponents scored:96.692.8
Opponents scored/rank:13th3d

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Strengths: Interior defense, shot-blocking. The Heat took off after the Birdman signed, as he gave them a legit shot-altering presence to solidify the paint.

Kenyon Martin, New York

Rebounds per game4139.1
Rebounds per game/rankT-23rd25th

Strengths: Rebounding, depth at center. After Tyson Chandler’s injury, Martin stepped in as the 5 in a very small starting lineup.

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