NBA Free Agents 2012: 3 Remaining Big Men Teams Must Pursue

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 12, 2012

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Some of the bigger names on the market may have already signed, but there are still a number of high-impact big men in the NBA who have yet to ink a contract.

Whether you need a player off the bench to give you some offense, or a top rebounder who can swat shots into the crowd, there's still a little bit out there for everybody in the NBA's free agency period.

Here's a look at three remaining big men who teams must pursue.


3. Carl Landry, PF

Carl Landry isn't going to win any Defensive Player of the Year awards, but he can be effective on offense and on the glass. 

Last season with the New Orleans Hornets, Landry averaged 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 24 minutes per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor. His rebound rate (percentage of available rebounds he collected while on the floor) shot up to 12.8 percent, his best mark since the 2008-09 season, per

Landry, 28, could help out many teams coming off the bench. 


2. Kris Humphries, PF

I'm a bit surprised Kris Humphries hasn't gotten much attention in free agency this summer. Last season was his second consecutive campaign of averaging a double-double (13.8 points, 11.0 rebounds) and he even averaged 1.2 blocks.

He has a career rebound rate of 18.1 percent, including 18.3 percent last season, and he shot 48 percent in 2011-12. Anyone who needs help in the rebounding department should look Humphries' way. The 27-year-old is reportedly looking for a multi-year deal. 


1. JaVale McGee, C

JaVale McGee has the reputation of being a hard player to coach, but you can't deny his impact when he's motivated out on the floor.

Last season, McGee averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 61 games for the Washington Wizards and Denver Nuggets.

In the playoffs for the Nuggets, he was a shot-blocker supreme, averaging 3.1 blocks. He also cleaned up on the boards, averaging 9.6 rebounds in 25 minutes per game.

At 24 years of age, the 2008 first-round pick is beginning to realize his potential in the NBA.


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