NBA Free Agents 2012: Underrated Players Who Will Be Huge Steals
There are the high-priced free agents of the NBA, and then there are the under-the-radar signings that can catapult teams to the playoffs and beyond.
We all know about Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Eric Gordon and so on and so forth.
But what about the underrated players who can be had at a relative bargain?
Here's a look at some under-the-radar free agents in 2012.
Danny Green, SG, San Antonio Spurs
Danny Green may have averaged just 9.9 points last season, but he was a valuable role player for the San Antonio Spurs, shooting 44 percent from the field and 43 percent from downtown. On top of that, he's emerged as a very good, fundamental defender. At just 25 years of age, the 2009 second-round pick has plenty of room to grow.
Spencer Hawes, C, Philadelphia 76ers
Spencer Hawes didn't put up star numbers last season, averaging 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds, but he's a true center who is improving each year. He's a skilled post player who is beginning to assert himself more, realizing that he has an inside game to go with his midrange game. He has the chance to develop into a double-double threat and can block shots for you.
Brandon Bass, F/C, Boston Celtics
Who's the biggest steal?
Celtics fans know how valuable Brandon Bass was for Boston last season when Kevin Garnett was forced to move to center. Bass became a reliable power forward for the Celtics, averaging 13.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks after the All-Star break. He's a reliable jump shooter who can be explosive near the rim, and his heart is unquestioned. Secretly, the Celtics are hoping no one offers Bass too much money in free agency.
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