The summer of 2012 was supposed to be the summer of Dwight Howard. Suspense had been building for the past year. Where would Howard sign? Would the Magic trade their star? Which other superstar would Dwight try to pair up with?
Then, with one surprising decision, the summer of 2012 became the summer of the free agent point guard.
As we all know now, Howard decided to commit to the Magic for another season, forcing us all to wait and suffer through another full year of Dwight Howard speculation. The discussions about the marquee center in the NBA all became moot points, and we all had to shift our attention elsewhere.
The free agent class of 2012 isn't necessarily riddled with superstars. It's nothing like 2010, when several teams had to worry about losing their centerpiece players. However, that doesn't mean that there won't be some terrific players available to help teams who want to contend for a title.
The following slides rank the best 25 free agents who will hit the market this upcoming offseason. Some players, like Andrew Bynum, have been left off because they will only become free agents if their teams decide not to pick up their options for next season. That seems unlikely for most of those players, especially Bynum.
In any case, here's the list of players who can help teams get to the next level next season!