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Best available point guards:
1) Deron Williams, Nets
2) Steve Nash, Suns
3) Jeremy Lin, Knicks
4) Jason Terry, Mavericks
5) Goran Dragic, Rockets
In a rather lackluster free-agent class, point guard is probably the deepest position. And the crown jewel of all free agents this offseason is none other than New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams.
Simply put, Williams is a top-five NBA point guard who can easily average 20 and 10 in the right situation. The Dallas Mavericks are thought to be the favorites to acquire his services, but any and every team with a fair amount of cap space will make a play for the 27-year-old playmaker.
Two-time MVP Steve Nash will also be on the market this summer, and at 37 years old, he averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists per game. An excellent three-point shooter, he'd be perfect for a team that already has superstars but is lacking the one piece to put it over the top (read: Miami).
Linsanity. It was the word that dominated the first half of the 2011-12 NBA season thanks to the fantastic play of Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. A torn meniscus sidelined the young point guard in March, but he was so stellar in the games that he did play (averaging 14.6 PPG and 6.2 APG) that some team will offer him something in the neighborhood of $5 million per year.
If it wasn't for Oklahoma City's James Harden, Jason Terry might have captured his second NBA Sixth Man of the Year award this year. But Harden won't be able to stop Terry from getting paid this offseason. Terry won't get an offer like the six-year, $57 million deal that he signed in 2006, but he will be one of the more pursued free agents once July rolls around.
With Kyle Lowry out of the lineup, Houston Rockets point guard Goran Dragic took full advantage of the situation, raising his free-agent profile exponentially this season. Even in a loaded point guard crop, the 6'4" Dragic stands out—he shouldn't have to wait long to find a new home this summer.