Kenyon Martin isn’t the only one in search of a team. The average NBA season always finds a few old veterans who make their way onto rosters during the stretch run, and this year with the shortened season, we figured it’d be even more hectic. People are out of shape, tired, hurt and some just plain can’t take the schedule. Because of the lockout, there’s even more top-level talent spread across the globe. But that’s not who we’re talking about.
Andrei Kirilenko sounds like he plans to stay in Europe for the whole season and as of now, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith will need to wait a little longer to get back into the NBA. I’m talking about the guys who aren’t on teams outside of the D-League – or guys that could easily navigate to the NBA – the guys just sitting around by the telephone waiting for someone to call and ask “You want in?”
Our friends at The Basketball Jones recently broke down all of the remaining free agents still out there. I’m taking the top 10.
With that, here are the 10 best unsigned NBA free agents available.
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10. THE FIELD
It’s a semi cheap way of getting out of this 10 spot, but really, who do you want? Dunks? Take Gerald Green. Someone who tries to play defense? Pick up Malik Allen. A cool name? Call Ben Uzoh. Once you get this deep into the D-League/living room couch potato ranks, it really doesn’t matter. All of these guys qualify for the dreaded forum thread “NBA Players You Could Beat One-On-One.” None of y’all actually could beat them, but I think it says enough that their names were even brought up.
9. TERRICO WHITE
Dime‘s favorite son. I don’t even care if he doesn’t really have a position or if there are questions about his work ethic. He’s in the James White category: Someone please just sign him so we can get him into the dunk contest.
8. EDDIE HOUSE
If there’s one thing NBA GMs love to stash at the end of their bench besides seven foot white guys, it’s shooters. House hasn’t lost that gift either. Last year in Miami, he dropped 39 percent of his bombs, and while he scored a total of 11 points in the Heat’s playoff run, the dude can still rile up enough benches by waving towels and talking trash from the sidelines. Once he comes all the way back from his recent knee issues, look to hear his name in discussions.