2012 NBA Free Agents: Ersan Ilyasova and More Top Targets for Rebuilding Teams
The 2012 NBA free agency class is unimpressive, but that's not to say there are not any skilled players available that will help improve a number of franchises.
Some of these guys may not be big names, but are hard workers and extremely underrated. There's no doubt they will make impact on whichever lucky organization inks them to a deal.
Let’s take a look at a few of the less heralded free agents looking for a new contract this summer.
Nicolas Batum (Restricted Free Agent)
Batum should be a much more recognizable name to casual NBA fans. He’s an extremely long and athletic forward who's able to guard a number of positions due to his quickness.
While he’s not the best at creating his own shot and has a concerning history of injuries, GMs should be lining up to make an offer for the 23-year-old Frenchman.
He set the Trail Blazers record for three pointers made in a game with nine and can throw down some of the most exciting dunks in the league.
The best part is he's still improving and could be a key part of a playoff-bound organization.
Ryan Anderson (Restricted Free Agent)
Which Young Free Agent Will Help a Rebuilding Team Most?
The Orlando Magic power forward had a career year in 2011-12.
He averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting a scorching 43.9 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from deep.
It was only his fourth year in the league and he will only get better as he sees more playing time and moves past the Dwight Howard drama that surrounded his team all season.
It’s likely Orlando retains his services and matches any offer, but that will not stop other franchises from trying to pry him away from the Magic.
Ersan Ilyasova (Unrestricted Free Agent)
Ersanity put together a fine season, but it was somewhat under the radar due to Milwaukee’s ineptitude.
The 6’10”, 235-pound power forward averaged 13.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.7 blocks per game this season. He flashed the ability to bang down low and extend his range out to the perimeter as well, hitting 49.2 percent from the field and a whopping 45.5 percent of his three pointers.
Ilyasova is a hard worker that brings his lunch pail onto the court and is in line for a huge payday this summer.
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