2013 NBA Free Agents: Role Players Who Could Be Starters for New Team

Eric GuyCorrespondent IIIJune 12, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 14:   Jarrett Jack #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 14, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As we approach the 2013 NBA free-agency period, teams will be looking to make significant upgrades in attempts to achieve success next season.  

While the bulk of NBA front offices will have their eyes fixed upon what direction stars Chris Paul and Dwight Howard choose to go in, role players like Jarrett Jack, Kevin Martin and DeJuan Blair would be great options for teams looking to bolster their starting unit.


Jarrett Jack

Jarrett Jack was nothing short of spectacular for Golden State last season.

Very few players in the NBA have the ability to come off the bench and change the entire dynamic of a game.

Jack is one of them.

A part of a stellar three-guard rotation featuring Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Jack averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists off the bench.

Teams like Utah and Milwaukee would vastly benefit from Jack’s playmaking and scoring prowess.


Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin is a scoring machine who has the skill set to bolster any starting unit in the NBA.

While many expected Martin to put up more than 14.0 points a game as James Harden’s replacement in Oklahoma City, he's still a dynamic scorer capable of drastically enhancing many backcourts throughout the league.

Throughout his eight years in the NBA, Martin has averaged over 20 points a game five times, including 24.6 points a game for the Sacramento Kings during the 2008-09 regular season.

Martin’s lethal scoring ability would definitely strengthen teams like Dallas, Atlanta and Philadelphia, who are in need of a solid 2-guard.


DeJuan Blair

Possessing a combination of brute strength and an ever-developing offensive skill set, DeJuan Blair is a commodity worth looking into.

Although he fell deep into the depths of Gregg Popovich’s rotation during the regular season, Blair has shown throughout his young career with San Antonio that he is a solid option for teams looking for a power forward.

During the 2011-2012 regular season, Blair was a mainstay in Pop’s rotation, starting 62 of 64 games for the Spurs.

No doubt, the addition of Boris Diaw and the emergence of Tiago Splitter created a bit of a logjam. As a result, Blair was the odd man out.

If given the opportunity, Blair would be a great addition to a team in need of a power forward who can bully defenders down on the block and knock down the occasional 15-footer.


Jarrett Jack, Kevin Martin and DeJuan Blair are viable options for teams to look into during the 2013 NBA free-agency period, as their presence would immediately fortify many starting units throughout the league.

Teams in need better be quick. For when the market opens up, the goods are sure to be gone.