NBA free agency is all about Kevin Durant this summer.
But as we wait for the KD sweepstakes to unfold, here are 10 more free agents we might be overlooking that have the ability to make an impact somewhere next season (in no particular order).
Chalmers is coming off a serious knee injury and won’t be ready to go to begin the season. He probably won’t see the hardwood again until 2017, but after leaving Miami, Chalmers showed he can be a real difference maker in Memphis. He’d make a very solid third guard on a winning team.
Williams gave us a blast from the past last season. He many have never reached his potential as a former No. 2 overall pick, but Marvin had his first season scoring 10+ PPG since his days with Atlanta, and also his best rebounding season of his career. A solid defender that can shoot the three and play both forward spots has value right now in the NBA.
Between playing behind Andrew Bogut and not getting much run due to the Warriors’ small-ball lineup with Draymond at the five, Ezeli has been underutilized in his NBA career. The eye test says Ezeli can ball, though. So do the numbers. In just under 17 minutes per game last season, Festus averaged 7.0 points, 5.6 boards and 1.1 blocks. Still just 26-years old, this kid could shine as a starting center if Golden State is unable to retain him.
Anderson is probably the most underrated name in free agency this summer. People don’t realize when Anthony Davis was out, Anderson was the go-to-guy in New Orleans. An elite 3-point shooter that averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds last season and is still 28-years old sounds like one of the best second-tier free agents on the market. One team is going to realize this and pay him as such.
Versatility has never been more valuable and that’s exactly what Turner brings. He came to Boston with his career at a low, but completely turned things around. The perfect bench player in this era, Turner can come in and play PG/SG/SF on both ends of the floor. With the direction the Knicks are going in, they feel like the best fit for ET right now — who also happens to be a fantastic locker room presence.
Did you watch Miami in the playoffs? The only good thing about Chris Bosh missing time was that we discovered how dangerous a small-ball PF Deng is capable of being. His play tail off towards the end of Miami’s playoff run, but with the stretch-four in demand and the cap on the rise, Deng’s going to get a lot of interest. His age (31) is the only issue for a long-term deal.
Myles Turner is the future center in Indy, but Mahinmi is coming off a career season — 9.3 points/7.3 boards. A lot of teams will be interested in a shot blocker that can provide some offense, and with a lot of bigger names on the list when it comes to centers, someone can get a steal here.
Same goes for Mozgov as above, except Mozzy is coming off a horrible season. That’s mostly just because he didn’t play, though. He had some fantastic games in the 2015 NBA Finals and has often shown the ability to be an above average center on both ends of the floor. Mozgov should be another steal for a team.
Clark was not only buried behind the Splash Brothers last season, but also Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa. The Belmont product has been good when given the opportunity, though. A team is going to sign him to be a guard off the bench, and he likely will turn from a “scrub” to a spark plug for them.
Moore is going to generate a good amount of interest after his career season. He had a couple similar years with Orlando, but the big difference last season with Chicago was Moore’s improved shooting. Like others above, he’d make a great combo guard off the bench, and also proved he has the ability to have big games when called upon to start.
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