NBA Free Agents 2012: Best Value Pickups for Teams Needing Outside Scoring
Those thinking that NBA free agency is over are sorely mistaken, especially for teams looking for outside scoring help. Here are some of the top options remaining for teams looking for an affordable sharpshooter.
Leandro Barbosa might be somewhat one-dimensional as a player, but as one of the top shooters in the league, he will find his way onto a roster soon.
With a career shooting percentage of 39.1 percent from deep, Barbosa is without question a top outside scorer and a player who can provide a top scoring spark off the bench.
Barbosa struggled at times to fit within the Indiana Pacers' offense last season, but in the right situation, he could re-emerge as one of the top outside scoring threats in the NBA.
That he hasn't been signed yet is shocking. Barbosa will be a high-value pickup who will help a contender like the Los Angeles Lakers in need of another outside scoring option.
Carlos Delfino never really lived up to his potential due to his inconsistency, but he has cemented himself as an excellent outside scoring threat who is an excellent complementary offensive piece.
Helping Delfino's case is that he's not a one-dimensional player, as he also plays solid on-ball defense. In Milwaukee, he developed a set of sticky hands that helped him achieve 1.3 steals per game over the past three seasons.
Finally, Delfino is also versatile enough to play both the 2 and the 3.
Even though Delfino has yet to find a new home, he has the talent to be an excellent contributor wherever he finds himself.
One of the true elder statesmen of the NBA, Derek Fisher is still available for teams looking for veteran leadership and an elite shooting touch.
Though Fisher is among the oldest players in the NBA, he still can hit from deep on a regular basis.
To bounce back from a rough 2011-12 season, Fisher will need to the opportunity to shoot a little more often than he was able to do last season.
If given the opportunity to develop a rhythm, Fisher will provide a nice spark as a sharpshooter off the bench.
Though it's an unlikely fit, the Philadelphia 76ers are a team that could use a sharpshooter as well as a veteran to help mentor their young group of guards. Fisher would be an ideal player, but he is likely to pursue a ring with a current contender rather than try to help mentor a young team.
Jodie Meeks might be the most one-dimensional player on this list, but he could also be the most likely to be an effective contributor due to his youth and his shooting touch.
Several roadblocks keep Meeks from being a top player. He's not a passer despite basically being a combo guard, he is too short to be a major defensive presence as a shooting guard and he eventually lost minutes on a Sixers team that needed an outside scoring threat.
When a guy can shoot 40 percent from deep, though, none of that truly matters, and Meeks is fully capable of doing that.
Meeks is still developing as a player, and if he develops the other aspects of his game, he could become a solid starter.
For now, though, he should only be relied on as an outside scorer from off the bench. With time and patience, though, Meeks could become one of the best value pickups in this free agent class.
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