Al Jefferson will hit free agency this offseason, and the somewhat unsung talent has frontcourt-hungry teams licking their chops.
Though he has never made an All-Star team, Jefferson has averaged 16.4 points on 50 percent shooting and nine rebounds per game in his nine-year career. He's sure-handed, has phenomenal footwork and keeps the turnovers down while still averaging a couple of assists a night.
Some have lamented Jefferson's defense, and he can play like a tweener who is too big and slow to defend opposing 4s, yet too undersized to match up against many 5s.
He also lacks the physical edge on the interior, avoiding fouls and contact like an allergy. Jefferson averaged just 2.2 personal fouls per game this season, ranking him 24th among all centers.
While Jefferson is hardly a defensive dynamo, he racks up double-doubles with regularity, and that will be his primary selling point to teams in need of a big.
Jefferson finished ninth in the league this year with 37 double-doubles. And among the players who tallied at least 35 of those, only Jefferson, Al Horford and Dwight Howard averaged better than 17 points, nine rebounds, a steal and a block per game (via ESPN).
There's no doubt that Jefferson is one of the biggest prizes in the coming offseason, so who are the five most likely suitors for his services? Click on, Macduff.