The 2012 NBA Playoffs have arrived, and while they are the focal point for most teams right now, soon free agency will creep into the picture. This year's free agency class, while not the best in recent memory, is still very good with many gems.
Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan are two veteran, champion big men that will be on the market. Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon are two young, emerging stars that will also be seeing what is out there. Everything is available in this class, from positions to age to talent.
Here are the best landing spots for the Top 10 best free agents in the 2012 offseason.
Ryan Anderson has played his way into a pretty nice contract next season and the perfect place for him would be staying right where he is.
It appears more and more likely that Orlando will be rebuilding soon, with Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy or more out. Anderson is one of the few other pieces the Magic have that could be worth building around. As a result, they'll be more willing to pay him bigger money.
New Jersey Nets
The Nets will be the best place for Humphries for a variety of reasons. If Deron Williams decides to leave and the Nets can't attract any other big talent, the team will be scrambling to find an option to sign with the money they'll have.
In Humphries, they'll find a known commodity who has become one of the best mid-level power forwards in the NBA.
Chris Kaman is a very skilled big man that no one ever seems to talk about. Hopefully his impending free agency will change that.
Kaman is averaging 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He would be the perfect addition for the Heat, who need a center that can be more of an offensive threat. While he'd probably be a bench player, he would make the Heat much better.
New York Knicks
Even though Mike D'Antoni is gone from the Big Apple, Nash would still fit pretty well with the current Knicks team. While he doesn't help them much on defense, he would help keep everyone involved.
He'd have to learn to play with Carmelo Anthony, but Nash is a veteran who has never had problems playing with anyone. He'd also be a very good mentor for Jeremy Lin.
The Pacers needed a shooting guard for most of the 2011-2012 season until they acquired Leandro Barbosa at the deadline. However, while Barbosa was a solid pickup for Indiana, Ray Allen would be an upgrade over him.
Allen is very valuable, mainly because he can score points without needing the ball in his hands all the time. He's shooting the highest three-point percentage of his career (amazing) and still has plenty left in the tank at his age. He could spread the floor for Hibbert (if he stays) and Granger without demanding the ball too much.
San Antonio Spurs
Sorry, but Tim Duncan won't ever put on a uniform that isn't Spurs silver and black. Duncan is the most storied player in franchise history, having won four titles for that franchise.
If he were to go somewhere else, it would be a crying shame, especially since he is still winning where he's at.
Why not? Why couldn't Kevin Garnett go back to the place where he played most of his career? The Timberwolves would love to have him back and paired with Kevin Love in the frontcourt. His defensive tenacity could turn the T-Wolves into contenders.
If Steve Nash leaves, the Suns will be looking to rebuild. Gordon would be the perfect candidate as one of the emerging stars in the league at the shooting guard position. If Nash stays, Gordon could push Phoenix over the edge into the playoffs next year. This signing is a win-win either way.
Gordon would be the franchise star that he's destined to be, Nash would get a great offensive player to take some of the pressure off of him. Phoenix would get better.
Roy Hibbert has a legitimate chance to command the most money in this free agent market this summer, mainly because he is a talented big man. Those are hard to come by, especially ones like Hibbert, who is talented all-around and is over seven feet tall.
However, the Pacers are the best place for him. There, he can be the centerpiece around one of the best young teams in the NBA. Five years from now, the Pacers could potentially be the best team in the East, but only if they keep Hibbert.
This is an obvious choice. After New Jersey's whiff on trying to get Dwight Howard, Williams should get out and sign with Mark Cuban in Dallas. The pairing of him and Dirk Nowitzki would be lethal for opponents.
Williams and his wife are also from the Dallas area, which always factors in to these decisions. Plus, Williams and Nowitzki's games would fit together well. Williams would handle the ball and run the offense, taking pressure off Nowitzki so he can continue tearing people up with his jump shot.