NBA: How the 6 best free agents/buyout candidates can help their new teams

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

New Team: Dallas Mavericks 

Add Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to another lottery pick that Michael Jordan and his scouting staff struck out on. In a draft that had Khris Middleton, Damian Lillard, and Bradley Beal, the Charlotte Hornets did their due diligence in continuing to live up to their losing reputation.

Struggling to showcase the potential he showed in college, let alone only slightly tweaking the unorthodox hitch in his shot, Kidd-Gilchrist has never really been able to find his true identity. Sure, he might be a pretty good on-ball defender, but is it great enough to make up for his offensive deficiencies in this 3-point centric era?

However, joining Dallas will be good for him. For a team that has gone absolutely all-in on analytics and building around Luka Doncic, Kidd-Gilchrist will only be asked to do what he does best: defend. Right now, the only good on-ball defender the Mavs have is Dorian Finney-Smith (Porzingis is a rim protector), so they were in desperate need of more defensive-minded players.