NBA Free Agency 2012: 3 Players Who Will Look Like Steals Next Season
One of the biggest parts of the NBA offseason is free agency. The 2012 NBA offseason has already been exciting, but many of the free agents have been vastly over-valued. However, a few will be steals.
Many of these players will be viewed as small signing to bolster a team’s roster, or as players brought in after the team has struck out on other free agents. The buzz around their signing will not do justice to the impact they will actually have on the court.
Here are three players who will be steals for next season.
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According to ESPN, Chris Kaman will be a Dallas Maverick next season. Many had wondered where the veteran big man would end up, as there had been little talk about him in the wake of all the Deron Williams-Dwight Howard-Brooklyn Nets rumors.
However, Kaman is a very good center. He’s not the caliber of Howard or Roy Hibbert or Andrew Bynum, but he has a case to be better than anyone else at the position. Last season in New Orleans, he averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Those aren’t star numbers, but they are pretty strong, and better than about 85 percent of the centers in the league. And for Dallas, who completely whiffed on Deron Williams, Kaman is desperately needed to help fill a roster that is basically empty. He’ll do very well alongside Dirk Nowitzki, playing decent defense and producing some offense down low.
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Another player who is not a star, Ramon Sessions has proven that he is a decent starter in the NBA. For the Los Angeles Lakers last season, Sessions averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists per game in an offense dominated by Kobe Bryant.
Sessions has agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats according to CBS Sports. That sounds awful, but Charlotte is a place where he can run his own team and be a veteran leader. He is better than any other point guard they have on their team, and should be the starter immediately.
He and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will work well together, and Sessions will have the best stats he’s had so far in his career. It still won’t translate to many wins for the Bobcats, but they will be better because of him.
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Antawn Jamison is still unsigned at the time this article was written, although that could change soon. It should change as well, because Jamison is one of the most underrated free agents this offseason.
Last year, Jamison proved he could still be an effective offensive threat, averaging 17.2 points per game. That is not bad for a 36-year-old and though it is obvious that Jamison is not a starter, he could do very well as a spark off someone’s bench.
Jamison has experience and knows how to play the game. Those two facts alone make him an attractive option for teams. He’ll end up being a sixth-man of the year candidate next season, as he makes some team’s bench a lot better.