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NBA Free Agents 2012: 5 Most One-Dimensional Players Still on the Market

Kyle BoggsCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2016

NBA Free Agents 2012: 5 Most One-Dimensional Players Still on the Market

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    Sharpshooters, rebounders, defenders—the NBA is becoming increasingly compartmentalized.

    Certain players fit certain niches, certain teams need those players to fill those niches.

    Unfortunately for a lot of these players, teams would rather have well-rounded talents who can contribute in more than one area when they’re on the floor.

    Here are the five most specialized, one-dimensional players still available in free agency.

5. Kwame Brown

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    Kwame Brown still has one skill—being big.

    To his credit, he’s parlayed his size and relative lack of talent into an 11-year NBA career.

    The downside is that at 30, he doesn’t seem willing or able to improve on anything other than being able to grab a few rebounds each game.

4. Rudy Fernandez

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    Rudy Fernandez established himself as a three-point specialist while playing with the Portland Trail Blazers. In Denver last season, his three-point percentage dipped to .328.

    That leaves him as a specialist whose specialty isn’t very special any more.

3. Michael Redd

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    The veteran Michael Redd can still score efficiently at age 32, but he can’t do much else.

    His shooting percentages dipped last year, during his 12th NBA season. But a team who needs offensive production deep off the bench can still get some buckets out of Redd in limited minutes.

2. Derek Fisher

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    Derek Fisher’s on-court performance has slipped with his advancing age. The 37-year-old still possesses an invaluable trait—leadership.

    Any team who signs Fisher picks up a locker room leader. Fisher has evolved into the late-career, player-coach type of guy.

    He won’t help much when he’s on the floor, but he is a big boost off the court.

1. Gerald Green

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    Gerald Green has the one dimension nobody can teach—raw athleticism.

    The 6’8”, 200-pound swingman can do things on a basketball court most people can’t. Like this.

    If the 26-year-old can learn to harness that freakishness and learn the game of basketball, he could blossom into a star. But at 26, it’s not easy to learn new tricks.

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