NBA Free Agents 2012: Smooth-Scoring Perimeter Players Who Are Still Available
NBA teams that need scoring production off the bench can still find the player they are looking for in the free-agent market.
There are several talented scorers still left on the market. Many of them have other flaws in their games, but at this point in the offseason, perfect fits are hard to find.
A player who can come off the bench and knock down shots will provide some value, regardless of his other frustrating qualities.
Here are the top perimeter scorers left in free agency.
5. Shannon Brown
Brown is an explosive athlete who has continued to improve as a shooter.
He came into the league in 2006, but did not receive substantial playing time until moving from the Charlotte Bobcats to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since playing his first full season with L.A. in 2009-10, he has improved his three-point percentage in every year, even after leaving the Lakers for the Phoenix Suns.
Brown is 26 years old and will likely continue this trend. His athleticism and shooting ability make him an attractive option as a bench scorer.
4. Randy Foye
Foye is a potent shooting guard who can score from anywhere on the floor.
He shoots well from beyond the arc and hit 38.6 percent of his three-point shots, but also excelled in the midrange game and knocked down 44.8 percent of his shots from 10-15 feet, according to HoopData.com.
Foye is an aggressive offensive player and can help a team play up-tempo, but he does not excel in any other area of the game.
Still, he is not a terrible defender or abnormally selfish, and his scoring talents make him an excellent option off the bench for nearly any NBA team.
3. Delonte West
West is a streaky shooter who can play either guard position and defend at a high level.
He is a career 37.2 percent shooter from behind the three-point line and has averaged 9.7 points across his eight seasons in the league.
Despite being just 6’3” and 180 pounds, he is a remarkably tough defender who is capable of locking down opposing guards.
He does suffer from bipolar disorder and has had his fair share of incidents in the past. Still, he is a dedicated player who can contribute to a team with his defense and shooting.
2. Leandro Barbosa
Barbosa is a streaky shooter who can get up and down the court as quickly as nearly anyone in the league. This is why he is known as the “Brazilian Blur.”
But Barbosa is also an efficient shooter who has shot 39.1 percent from behind the three-point line throughout his nine seasons in the NBA.
He is one of those players who is a talented scorer, but does not excel in other areas of the game. He often makes bad decisions on offense and rarely plays sufficient defense.
But he had extremely productive seasons in Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns’ high-octane offense, and teams employing a similar strategy would do well to bring Barbosa on board.
1. Courtney Lee
Courtney Lee is a solid all-around player and an excellent three-point shooter.
He scored 11.4 points for the Houston Rockets this past season and played well coming off the bench. He was a starter in just 26 of the 58 games he played this year.
Lee shot 40.1 percent from beyond the arc this past season and it was the third time in his four-year career in which he had surpassed the 40-percent benchmark.
He is a hard worker and a tough defender as well. His ability to contribute at both ends of the floor makes him the best wing player still available.