The trade deadline of the 2020-21 NBA season was one for the record books.
In the hours leading up to the 2021 trade deadline, a total of 16 trades were executed involving 23 different teams. To take things a step further, 46 players were moved, and that doesn't include the additional number of notable players that joined new teams on the buyout market.
Now that the dust is settling, we can assess which big names stand to make an immediate impact in their respective new situations.
Below, we've got you covered with all you need to know about how these familiar faces look in new places.
Nikola Vucevic, Chicago Bulls
The lone All-Star moved at the deadline, Vucevic comes into Chicago with the expectation to lift the Bulls into a solid playoff team.
He impressed in his debut but things could have gone a little better for the team, who trailed big before falling to the San Antonio Spurs by 16.
Solid Bulls debut for Vooch.- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 28, 2021
21 points | 9-16 FG | 9 reb | 4 ast pic.twitter.com/IsLufcgf1s
While the Bulls are still in search of their first Vucevic-era win, the 30-year-old has performed at an All-Star level in his new digs, posting averages of 22.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his first three games with Chicago.
As Vucevic continues to develop chemistry with All-Star Zach LaVine, the wins are soon to come for the Bulls.
Aaron Gordon, Denver Nuggets
Gordon might be the piece that the Nuggets need to solidify themselves among the upper echelon of teams in the West.
Sporting a new number in 50 - an ode to his perfect dunk contest performances - Gordon didn't need to do much in his debut as he and his new team cruised past the Hawks. He did, however, show flashes of just how well he'll be able to play off of Nikola Jokic.
🎥 | 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 for @Double0AG #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/FrMwaFfTCm- Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) March 29, 2021
While he didn't put forth a major performance in either of his first two games, it's clear that Gordon has already added yet another dynamic to this team. As a player that has played in just five playoff games up to this point of his career, this new situation will allow him to reach new heights, just as he can bring his team to the next level.
Norman Powell, Portland Trail Blazers
The uniform might have changed but Powell hasn't.
Making his debut just a day after being traded, Powell stepped in as a starter in place of Damian Lillard and put forth a smooth, efficient performance, finishing with 22 points while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from beyond the arc, making Blazers history in the process.
The highest scoring mid-season debut in team history.@brookeolzendam talks to the man of the hour, @npowell2404, in tonight's @Biofreeze Top Performance Review after his huge performance in the win in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/LpHt207rc7- Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 27, 2021
Powell followed that with a solid performance limited by foul trouble against his former team in the Toronto Raptors and another efficient performance against his former coach in Dwane Casey and the Detroit Pistons. Now that the games against familiar faces are out the way, the focus shifts to Powell's ability to impart his championship wisdom on some of his teammates, and it looks like he'll continue to do so in a starting role.
Portland is getting healthy at the right time and with Powell in the fold, will look to emerge as a sneaky contender in a wide-open West.
Gary Trent Jr., Toronto Raptors
It took some time for Trent to find his shooting stroke with his new team but the effort on both ends of the floor was there for the jump.
After two uncharacteristically poor shooting performances to start his tenure as a Raptor, Trent looked much more like himself by reaching his season average of 15 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons before exploding for a career-best 31 points (on 12-for-22 shooting) in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Gary Trent Jr. poured in a career-high 31 PTS and knocked down 6 3PT against OKC!#WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/Pqg8d75ukd- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) April 1, 2021
Trent, 22, is coming up on a big payday as an unrestricted free agent in 2021 but all signs indicate that Trent is a part of the franchise's long-term plans alongside OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet.
As a two-way player with a sweet shooting stroke, Trent looks to be a perfect fit for what this franchise is building for the future.
Evan Fournier, Boston Celtics
After being held scoreless (on 0-for-10 shooting) in his debut, Fournier scored just six points (on 3-for-6 shooting) as a follow-up.
It was ... not the best start for the newest Celtic.
According to ESPN Stats & Info., Fournier is the fourth player in the shot clock era (since 1954-55) to go 0-for-10 or worse in a debut with a new team.
Considering the fact that the 28-year-old was averaging career-highs with 19.7 points and 3.7 this season with Orlando prior to the trade that sent him to Boston, it's fair to assume that things should and will get better for Fournier with time.
In a rough season in which the Celtics need to find answers quickly, the sooner Fournier comes around the better.
Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat
By the looks of our mentions we think this is the graphic you've all been waiting for…- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 26, 2021
Show your love to our newest #HEATCulture member @VicOladipo! pic.twitter.com/lTDuFsFegL
He hasn't necessarily gotten the same amount of headlines that he received in years past but we shouldn't gloss over the fact that Oladipo is averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists through 29 games this season.
After being acquired by the Heat at the deadline, Oladipo has yet to make his debut as he deals with a head cold.
While he's missed meetings with the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, Oladipo confirmed that he is to make his debut against the Golden State Warriors.
"Yes. I am playing this evening." - @VicOladipo- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 1, 2021
An impending free agent, Oladipo can boost his value on the market by helping this Heat team get back towards a level it was at last season. Should he do that, it'll likely be a given that Oladipo re-signs to stay in Miami.
Andre Drummond, Los Angeles Lakers
After receiving a buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 28-year-old big man opted to sign with the Lakers to help with their title defence.
Things didn't exactly start off as planned.
Seeing his first NBA action in nearly two months, Drummond made his first appearance wearing the purple and gold against the Milwaukee Bucks but saw his night come to an early end due to a sprained toe that could hold him out for some time.
In just 14 minutes of action, Drummond finished with four points, two assists, a rebound and a block, also registering four fouls in the process.
Other debuts of note
Rajon Rondo - The LA Clippers newest 'orchestrator,' Rondo's debut is on hold due to a right adductor issue.
J.J. Redick - The newest member of the Dallas Mavericks has been out since the All-Star break after a heel procedure and reports indicate there isn't a timetable for his return to action.
Cory Joseph - Reunited with his former head coach in Dwane Casey, Joseph saw 18 minutes in his debut as a Detroit Piston, finishing with nine points, two assists and two rebounds off the bench.
Troy Brown Jr. - Another deadline acquisition for the Bulls, Brown registered eight points in 14 minutes of action in the team's loss to the Spurs.
Luke Kornet - In his Celtics debut, Kornet saw 13 minutes of action in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, finishing with eight points and five rebounds and was a plus-21 in the box score.
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