When the 2013 NBA free-agency period begins this summer, every team will be looking to sign the league’s next big thing. It’s easy to simply identify the NBA’s best free agents, but if we already know who (and how good) they are, they can't hardly be called the “next big things,” can they? Instead, we’ll focus here on specific players with a chance to break out or the ability to perfectly fill an important role.
In other words, we’ll be looking at players and ideas that aren’t already “big things," so you won’t find the high-profile free-agent trio of Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Josh Smith here. Nor will we discuss Al Jefferson or David West. Those guys are already established and don’t really fit the “next big thing” label.
We’re looking for value, either in the potential for improvement, the perfect role player or a guy who represents a trending idea in the league.
Get your wallets out, because here are the next big things NBA teams will be spending their dough on during free agency in 2013.
*All stats accurate through games played Dec. 2