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NBA Free Agents 2012: How Offseason's Biggest Targets Are Faring Thus Far

October 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first half of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 9, 2012

It's never too early to begin assessing the NBA's 2012 free-agent class.

In the early goings, some top free-agent signings from the offseason have come out firing on all cylinders. Others, on the other hand, have disappointed, or not even appeared in a game yet.

Here's a look at the top stars from the 2012 free-agent class, complete with grades thus far.

 

Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets

Grade: B-

Deron Williams is still one of the best point guards in the league, but his averages last season—combined with his play this season—should have Nets fans dialing back expectations.

After shooting 40 percent last season while averaging 4.0 turnovers, Williams is shooting 43 percent through three games while averaging 5.0 turnovers.

Williams shot better against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, but he also committed seven turnovers while notching just three assists.

 

Eric Gordon, G, New Orleans Hornets

Grade: Incomplete

After signing Eric Gordon to a four-year, $58 million extension in the offseason, the Hornets have yet to see the 23-year-old play a game this season.

Gordon is recovering from a knee injury after playing in just nine games last season.

He is expected to be able to play in four to six weeks, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

 

Steve Nash, PG, Los Angeles Lakers

Grade: C-

The 38-year-old played in two games before being diagnosed with a fractured fibula.

In his 50 minutes on the floor, he posted nine points, eight assists and one steal while shooting 4-of-12 from the field.

In his two games on the floor, the Lakers lost both games.

 

Kevin Garnett, PF/C, Boston Celtics

Grade: B+

At 36 years of age, Kevin Garnett continues to impress.

He's averaged 14.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season while registering a PER of 18.69.

That includes posting 20 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in the Celtics' 100-94 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

 

Tim Duncan, PF, San Antonio Spurs

Grade: A

Tim Duncan had a mediocre performance by his standards on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, but overall he's been excellent.

The 36-year-old is averaging 17.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks through five games, including posting a PER of 24.7, 19th in the NBA according to Basketball-Reference.com

The oldie-but-goodie continues to add to his legend.

 

Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers

Grade: C-

After the Pacers spent a lot of money in the offseason to keep Roy Hibbert, the 25-year-old has had an inconsistent start to the season.

Hibbert is averaging 8.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in 32 minutes per game through five contest. He's shot a career-low 43 percent while registering a career-low PER of 9.79. He's also recorded a rebound rate of 12.4, tied for the worst mark in his career, per John Hollinger of ESPN.

Hibbert has posted two good games this season and the Pacers have won both of them. In his other subpar outings, Indiana has lost.

Coincidence?

I think not.

 

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