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NBA Free Agents 2012: Veterans Who Will Help Playoff Teams

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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 14, 2012

Don't forget about the older guys, they can ball too.

Veteran NBA free agents might not produce like their glory days, but that doesn't mean they can't help playoff teams take the next step. 

Here are four veteran NBA free agents who will help NBA playoff teams in 2012-13. 

Antawn Jamison

19.5 points per game in his career; 17 this past season on a putrid Cleveland Cavaliers team.

He also grabs about eight rebounds per game.

The former Sixth Man of the Year Award winner brings a lot to the table for contending teams like the Los Angeles Lakers.

He would give them scoring depth, stretch the floor for slashers and post play and provide a spark off the bench.

Grant Hill

Before getting injured, Grant Hill was one of the best players in the league. Since his injury, he hasn't been the same player, but he's made a nice comeback.

Hill has produced double-digits in points scored every season since entering the league. Despite his age (39) Hill can still provide scoring and leadership on the floor. 

If any guy deserves to compete for a championship, it's Grant Hill. Some team will give him an opportunity, and Hill will take full advantage. 

Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa is still 29 years old—it seems like he should be 35. Barbosa is an instant offense type of player who has averaged double figures (12.5) in his 9-year career. 

If any championship contender is looking for instant offense, look no further. Barbosa scores the rock at a 46.1 percent clip, including 39.1 percent from beyond the arc. 

Barbosa adds scoring ability, speed, penetration and outside shooting. He can spread the floor, create his own shot and create for others. He's a proven double-digit scorer in the NBA.

From an instant-offense standpoint, this nine-year veteran can help teams in the postseason. 

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher isn't going to offer too much to NBA teams at age 37. However, with his championship pedigree, overall experience, grit and ability to hit the occasional outside shot, Fisher could help playoff contenders.

We are talking 10-to-15 minutes per night, so take it how you want.

Fisher wasn't great for Oklahoma City when he went there during the 2012 season, but he did play some big minutes and he hit some big shots.

You know what he brings to the table because he gives it his all every night. 


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