Top Free Agent Small Forwards

07.02.08 9 years ago 22 Comments
Ricky DavisDo you want Ricky on your team?

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.

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