This week marks the beginning of NBA free agency. Who’s out there that can make your team better (or worse)? We’ll go position by position…
Josh Smith (22 y/o, 17.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.8 bpg, 1.5 spg) — A breakout performance in the playoffs solidified J-Smoove’s place as one of the most important free agents on the market. He can turn a borderline team into a contender with his all-over-the-court skills.
Andre Iguodala (24 y/o, 19.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.1 spg) — Can he be the #1 option on a title-contending team? Iguodala led Philly to a playoff berth this year, but is better suited as a #2 guy.
Luol Deng (23 y/o, 17.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg) — His stock dropped significantly from where it was one year ago, but he’s still a difference-maker who should command a hefty payday.
Corey Maggette (28 y/o, 22.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) — Was his shameless gunning this past season a result of being in a contract year, a necessary evil with the Clippers not having Elton Brand’s offense for 70-plus games, or just a reflection of what a team is gonna get if it signs Maggette?
James Posey (31 y/o, 7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) — Rocking two championship rings now and coming off an NBA Finals showing where he did a better job of containing Kobe Bryant as anyone could have imagined, Posey is a hot commodity right now.
Josh Childress (25 y/o, 11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg) — Developed into a solid role player who can help a playoff team.
Ricky Davis (28 y/o, 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg) — Is the fact that Ricky Buckets always seems to be on bad teams a matter of circumstance, or his own fault? He’s considered poison in most NBA circles.
Bostjan Nachbar (27 y/o, 9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg) — He’s got some game coming off the bench, and will get the occasional highlight-reel banger.
Dorell Wright (22 y/o, 7.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg) — Will the production ever catch up to the potential? At this point it’s not looking like it’s gonna happen, but Dorell is still young.
Kelenna Azubuike (24 y/o, 8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg) — Athletic, strong, and would thrive in an up-tempo system. Doesn’t have much of a jumper, but has the tools to be a great defender and transition scorer.
Quinton Ross (27 y/o, 4.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg) — His rep as a younger, skinnier Bruce Bowen isn’t as strong as it was when the Clippers were good, but he’s valuable nonetheless.
James Jones (27 y/o, 8.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg) — Anyone looking for an inexpensive three-point sniper off the bench should take a look at Jones.
Eduardo Najera (31 y/o, 4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg) — Added a three-pointer to his repertoire, which had previously consisted of broken noses, floor burns and hard fouls.
Matt Barnes (28 y/o, 6.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg) — Remember last summer when people thought he was worth more than the $3 million Golden State gave him? He’d be lucky to get that kind of money now.
Mickael Pietrus (26 y/o, 7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg) — Once upon a time he was a kinda highly-coveted player. He’s got the physical tools but just isn’t that good of a ballplayer.