NBA Free Agents 2012: Best Landing Spots for Available Point Guards
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat are still playing, but the offseason is in full swing for the 28 teams that don't find themselves playing for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Most of us don't have much in the world of sports right now. Football is all but invisible, hockey has ended, baseball is heading into the dog days of summer and basketball is long gone for the majority of the league.
That's exactly why there's no better time to speculate possible landing spots for free agents than right now.
Here you'll see two point guards and the teams that are best for them.
Steve Nash: New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets struck gold when they won the NBA draft lottery. This is an opportunity that will change the course of an entire franchise quickly and completely.
New Orleans is taking Davis, no matter what you hear. He's the clear-cut best prospect in the draft and there would be a riot on Bourbon Street if he's not off the board by the time the Hornets make their first pick.
Greivis Vasquez is a decent guy to run the point, but he would benefit from becoming Nash's understudy. Nash is one of the best point guards to ever play the game in terms of his passing and court vision—two aspects in which Vasquez isn't exactly prolific.
The team also has the No. 10 pick in the draft, which they could use to take a young point guard but would be better off using to take a guy like Jared Sullinger.
Nash at the point, Eric Gordon at the 2 (if he returns), Al-Farouq Aminu at the 3, Sullinger plays power forward and Davis at the center spot.
Davis and Nash combine to form one of the most effective pick-and-roll duos in the Southwest division, while Gordon and Sullinger are able to create for themselves. Gordon is a dead-eye, spot-up shooter, and Sullinger bangs around down low with the rest of them.
Yes, this team-player pairing seems a bit far-fetched, but it would help the Hornets in the present and in the future.
Raymond Felton: Dallas Mavericks
In a rather small sample of 54 games, I saw a lot of Felton on the Knicks before he was sent to the Denver Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade.
He's a perfect fit for the Mavericks, who will presumably watch Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Delonte West all test the waters of free agency. All three are unrestricted, meaning that the Mavericks won't have the opportunity to match the highest bidder and retain the trio of guards.
In all likelihood, at least one of those aforementioned guards will be back next season. Even if it is Kidd, he only played 28.7 minutes per game last season. He's not getting any younger, and Mark Cuban is going to be looking for a young court general.
Felton doesn't need the ball in his hands all the time to be an effective point guard, which works with the Mavs because Dirk Nowitzki needs some serious possession time to be the player we have come to know.
Which pairing would work best?
Felton can drive the lane and kick, finish at the hoop, spot up and shoot off the dribble, but most of all, his quickness would help the Mavericks space the floor.
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