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
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
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 game||41||39.1|
|Rebounds per game/rank||T-23rd||25th|
Strengths: Rebounding, depth at center. After Tyson Chandler’s injury, Martin stepped in as the 5 in a very small starting lineup.