Which Was a Better Free Agency Steal, Steve Nash or Ray Allen?

As the NBA's elite teams jockeyed for position during the 2012 free agency period, two future first-ballot Hall of Famers changed squads. 

Both Ray Allen and Steve Nash are going to be putting on new jerseys at the start of the 2012-2013 season, and each one will look rather strange at first as they don the gear of their former enemies.

Even though Allen will help the Miami Heat quite a bit in their quest for a second-straight NBA title, Nash going to the Los Angeles Lakers will prove to be a much bigger steal. 

Allen is a nice addition down in South Beach, but he's more of a luxury on the squad than a necessity. The Heat were already set up quite nicely for a run at repeating before the all-time three-point king decided to join forces with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Heat. 

The sharpshooter will come off the Miami bench and score points in bunches, making him more of a glorified role player than anything else at this stage of his career.

He's a valuable player for the Heat to have and represents an upgrade over last season's Mike Miller and James Jones-fueled contributions from outside.  

However, Nash will be a crucial contributor for the Lakers and is the piece that puts them back in the hunt for Kobe Bryant's sixth ring. 

Point guard was one of the weakest positions for L.A., and that's immediately no longer the case. Now that the Canadian floor general is in town and running the show, the Lakers can play up-tempo basketball and run quite a few teams out of the building. 

Before Nash hopped aboard the Lakers train, it had almost derailed. L.A. was coming off an embarrassing playoff exit at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum was going to be traded and the team was poised to fall further out of the Western Conference's elite. 

Now, the Lakers are among the favo...

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