NBA Free Agents 2013: Final Top 100 Big Board
The 2013 free-agency period may have a hard time following up all the surprises and drama the NBA draft had in store for us, but with plenty of big names available and many teams with cap room, we should be in store for more fireworks.
The first domino, of course, is Dwight Howard. But what's the pecking order after Howard? Who are the potential value signings, and who will inevitably get overpaid?
We've got it all right here, as we rank the top 100 free agents available this offseason.
100. A.J. Price
99. Luke Babbitt
98. Jon Leuer —UPDATE: Leuer has agreed to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies for three years and $3 million, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
97. Austin Daye
96. Daequan Cook
95. James Johnson
94. Daniel Gibson
93. Leandro Barbosa
92. John Lucas III
91. Terrence Williams
Leandro Barbosa can still play, but he's recovering from an ACL injury suffered last season. Expect him to be a midseason pickup.
End-of-the-bench shooters like Jon Leuer, John Lucas III, Daequan Cook and Daniel Gibson should be able to find homes on minimum deals. As the old saying goes, if you can shoot, you can play.
Luke Babbitt and Austin Daye have been big-time disappointments, and both former first-round picks may be better served heading somewhere overseas where the game slows down a bit.
If Terrence Williams could shoot, he'd be a good rotation player, but that career true shooting percentage of 46.6 percent is ghastly. There's a reason he's been waived a handful of times.
A.J. Price is serviceable but underwhelming, and James Johnson probably deserves one more chance in a place that isn't Sacramento.
90. Jeff Pendergraph
89. Sam Young
88. Josh McRoberts — UPDATE: According to a tweet from Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Josh McRoberts will return to the Charlotte Bobcats. He will sign a two-year deal worth $6 million with a player's option in the second year.
87. Tyler Hansbrough
86. Byron Mullens
85. Ronnie Brewer
84. Pablo Prigioni — UPDATE: Pablo Prigioni will return to the New York Knicks next season, his agent told ESPN's Jared Zwerling. According to Shams Charania of Real GM, it will be a three-year contract worth $6 million.
83. Marquis Daniels
82. Dahntay Jones
81. Anthony Tolliver
Three members of Indiana's bench appear here, which shows you just how much room for improvement Indiana has as a team. If the Pacers can upgrade their second unit in free agency, they can absolutely push Miami for the Eastern Conference crown.
Jeff Pendergraph defends and plays hard but is limited. Tyler Hansbrough is a goon who irritates opponents just by being on the floor. Sam Young is a useful defender but pretty bad everywhere else.
As for the non-Pacers, Josh McRoberts is a stretch 4 who isn't nearly stretchy enough. Marquis Daniels and Dahntay Jones can't shoot and have been replaced by a younger class of wing defenders, but they can still hold their own in a pinch.
Pablo Prigioni is just your garden-variety 36-year-old free agent coming off his rookie season. Byron Mullens shot 208 three-pointers last year for some reason, but he did do this to LaMarcus Aldridge.
Ronnie Brewer isn't the floor-spacer the New York Knicks tried to make him into; he deserves another shot as a plus defender coming off the bench.
And Anthony Tolliver is a hustle big with high intelligence. His shot has failed him recently, but he rarely hurts you on the floor.
80. Anthony Morrow
79. Sebastian Telfair
78. Wesley Johnson
77. Kenyon Martin
76. Jermaine O'Neal
75. Corey Maggette
74. DeShawn Stevenson
73. DeMarre Carroll – Update: Carroll has signed with the Hawks for two years, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
72. D.J. Augustin
71. Shaun Livingston
Anthony Morrow is a 42.4 percent career three-point shooter, but he can't stay on the floor because he does everything else so poorly. That doesn't mean I wouldn't be scared of him on a team like the San Antonio Spurs or New York Knicks.
You know what you're getting from Sebastian Telfair...teams should aim higher. Wesley Johnson presses and tries to do too much, but he's a worthy reclamation project as a former top-five pick.
Kenyon Martin and Jermaine O'Neal both rekindled the flame for an extended period of time, but the 35-year-old Martin thinks he's a whole lot better than he is at this point, and teams should be concerned that O'Neal (34) will turn to dust once he's taken away from Phoenix's magical training staff.
Corey Maggette can't stay healthy and won't take a backseat willingly, which is shame because he's an expert at drawing fouls and getting to the line. DeShawn Stevenson has been brutal since winning the title with Dallas in 2010-11, but he might have one good season left in him.
DeMarre Carroll, meanwhile, is a killer energy guy on the wing who creates a ton of extra possessions. You can steal a good 10 minutes a night with him so long as you have scorers on the floor next to him.
D.J. Augustin is criminally overrated (he shot 35 percent from the field last year) but he is at 37 percent from three in his career. Anything much more than the minimum is overspending, however.
Shaun Livingston was really good in Cleveland, and his height allows you to sneak an extra decision-maker and ball-handler while not sacrificing anything defensively. He can't shoot, but at least he knows it.
70. Aaron Brooks
69. Chauncey Billups
68. Wayne Ellington
67. DeJuan Blair
66. Jason Maxiell
65. Lamar Odom
64. Al-Farouq Aminu – Update: Aminu has re-signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for one year ,per Adrian Wojnarowski.
63. Antawn Jamison
62. Ivan Johnson
61. Roddy Beaubois
Aaron Brooks has bounced around a ton in the last few years, but he's worth a look as a backup point guard who can push the tempo.
Chauncey Billups is coasting on reputation at this point and has very little left in the tank, but he's a nice mentor for younger players to have.
DeJuan Blair and Jason Maxiell are both very undersized power forwards who eat up the offensive glass. Both could be re-energized in a new environment.
Wayne Ellington is strictly a shooter, but a 38.2 percent career mark from behind the arc will help him land a rotation spot somewhere.
Lamar Odom was out of shape for half of the season and never found his jumper, but he's still a very good defensive rebounder and an adept passer. For the veteran's minimum, you could do much worse.
Al-Farouq Aminu is just 22 years old, so picking him up in free agency is like getting a bonus draft pick. He's dreadful when he has the ball, but he's a very good rebounder and transition player. He's worth a look.
Antawn Jamison had moments where he was the second-best player on the floor for the Lakers, but he's still an enormous liability defensively. The 6'8", 255-pound Ivan Johnson is solid and will scare the living daylights out of opponents.
Roddy Beaubois was never able to get his game under control, but in a low-pressure situation on a bad team, he might be able to spark his game again.
60. Dorell Wright
59. Timofey Mozgov
58. Nick Young
57. Alan Anderson
56. Randy Foye
55. Brandan Wright
54. Eric Maynor — Update: The Washington Wizards have agreed to a multi-year deal, per Michael Lee.
53. Toney Douglas
52. Marreese Speights
51. Marco Belinelli
Dorell Wright might be the most average wing in the NBA, but he's worth a rotation spot when he can find his stroke from the perimeter.
Restricted FA Timofey Mozgov is quietly a pretty solid rebounder and defender, but Denver will likely match any reasonable offer.
Nick Young and Alan Anderson both have pretty games, but it's really tough to ignore how inefficient they are.
Randy Foye is too limited to continue being a starting shooting guard in the league, but he's a shooter nearly every team would like to have off the bench.
Brandan Wright has a career PER of nearly 20, but his statistics look much better than his actual game. He'll miss rotations and box-outs quite frequently, but he's a good player offensively.
Eric Maynor and Toney Douglas are both solid point guards. Maynor will run a team a little more effectively, but Douglas is the superior defender.
Marreese Speights has one of the best jumpers for a big man in all of the NBA, and he's a good rebounder too. Problem is, he's often only looking out for himself on the court. He's still an incredibly useful piece, however.
Marco Belinelli is a true shooter, but don't be fooled by his performance in Tom Thibodeau's defensive system. He's still capable of hurting his team on that end.
50. Andray Blatche — Update: Blatche has agreed to a one-year deal with the Nets, per Howard Beck.
49. Francisco Garcia – Update: Garcia has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rockets, per Marc Spears.
48. Beno Udrih
47. Will Bynum
46. Gerald Henderson
45. Carlos Delfino
44. Jason Smith
43. Chris Kaman
42. C.J. Watson — Update: Watson has agreed to two-year deal with Pacers, per David Aldridge.
41. Gary Neal
Andray Blatche is quite gifted offensively, but he probably gives up about as many points as he gets on a nightly basis.
Francisco Garcia can give opposing wings trouble with his length, and he's capable of knocking down the corner three. Title contenders will want him for 10-15 minutes a night.
Beno Udrih loves his pull-up jumpers, and it's not hard to see him being one of the better backup point guards in the game next year. Will Bynum, meanwhile, has to prove his scoring last year wasn't a fluke, but he's an explosive option offensively.
Gerald Henderson could be a big steal in free agency. Don't throw him out with the bathwater in Charlotte—he can do a lot to help a good team.
Carlos Delfino's versatility in Houston's system last year should endear him to teams who embrace small-ball tactics. Delfino can play three positions and handle the ball when needed.
Jason Smith is a really good pick-and-pop big that could shine next to a shot-blocking center. He's another steal candidate.
Chris Kaman can't stay on the floor, but if the price is right, stretchy 7-footers don't come along all that often.
C.J. Watson and Gary Neal can both light it up off the bench in a hurry. Neal might be headed toward way too big of a payday after his NBA Finals showing.
40. Chris Copeland
39. J.J. Hickson
38. Chase Budinger
37. Zaza Pachulia
36. Chris Andersen
35. Devin Harris
34. Darren Collison
33. Mike Dunleavy — Update: Dunleavy has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bulls for 2 years, $6 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
32. Samuel Dalembert
31. Nate Robinson
It took Knicks coach Mike Woodson way too long to figure it out, but Chris Copeland is a stretchy big worthy of substantial rotation minutes. He can score for days.
Chase Budinger combines athleticism and shooting the way few other free agents do. He's a work in progress, but there's lots of potential there.
J.J. Hickson is a good offensive rebounder, but his defense is dreadful. Teams would be wise not to overpay for his big stats last year.
Zaza Pachulia is a punishing big man who does all the dirty work underneath the basket. A really solid option.
Chris Andersen probably won't leave Miami, but another contender with cap space might want to try and steal him from the Heat.
Devin Harris is another guy who might be undervalued because of his previous contract. He's a nice backup point guard who won't hurt you. Ditto for Darren Collison. Neither have high ceilings, but you know what you're getting.
Mike Dunleavy has long been one of the better offensive options coming off the pine in the NBA. You can build a second unit's offense around him and run him off screens to plenty of success. He can also play with the starters as a floor-spacer.
The underrated Samuel Dalembert is a shot-blocker who can stretch the floor a little bit at the 5 and gobble up rebounds.
Nate Robinson is bound to be overpaid after his killer playoffs, but we all know he can score in bunches.
30. Mo Williams
29. Corey Brewer
28. Jarrett Jack — UPDATE: Per Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News, Jack has agreed to a four-year, $25 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
27. O.J. Mayo — Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Mayo will sign a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks worth $24 million over three years.
26. J.R. Smith — UPDATE: Per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Smith will re-sign with the New York Knicks for four years and $25 million.
25. Elton Brand
24. Carl Landry — UPDATE: Per Wojnarwoski, Landry has agreed to a four-year deal with the Sacramento Kings worth $26 million.
23. Matt Barnes —UPDATE: According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Matt Barnes will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers for three years and $11-12 million.
22. Martell Webster — UPDATE: Webster has agreed to re-sign with the Washington Wizards for four years, sources told Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski notes the deal is worth $22 million.
21. Jose Calderon — According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Calderon has agreed to a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks worth $29 million.
Mo Williams may think a little too highly of himself at the point, but stick him on a good team, and he'll shoot the lights out as a sixth man.
Corey Brewer was a big part of Denver's success, and although his shot is shaky, he's one of the best perimeter defenders and transition players available.
Jarrett Jack is the master of the "no-no-no...yes!" shot, and his defense helped Golden State's backcourt a ton. Still, you have to worry about a player who does most of his work off his own dribble from mid-range.
O.J. Mayo is only looking out for himself on the court, and his efficiency is a real problem. The talent is there, but it's being used in all the wrong ways.
J.R. Smith is coming off his best year in what amounted to a contract season. Throw up another red flag.
Elton Brand might be the cheapest free agent available from here on out, but he was one of the best defensive players in basketball two seasons ago. He can still get it done on both ends. Watch out if he lands on any of the top title contenders.
Matt Barnes may finally get a decent payday. There are only a handful of players better off the ball than he is. He's a great cutter, defender, rebounder and role player.
Only one player hit more corner threes than Martell Webster last season, and Webster shot nearly 50 percent on those shots. He's an offensive weapon who plays solid ball elsewhere as well. He just needs to stay healthy.
Carl Landry is the rare big man/sixth man hybrid who you can dump the ball into on the post and expect good things to happen.
Jose Calderon is also one of the most effective shooters we've seen, and he brings a steady hand to the point guard position. Adding Calderon to virtually any roster makes that team better.
20. Kyle Korver — UPDATE: According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Korver has agreed to return to the Atlanta Hawks on a four-year, $14 million deal.
19. Tiago Splitter —UPDATE: Splitter has agreed to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs for four years and $36 million, sources told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
18. Manu Ginobili — UPDATE: Ginobili announced on Twitter that he's re-signed with the Spurs for two seasons.
17. Kevin Martin —UPDATE: Martin has agreed to sign a four-year, $28 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, per Wojnarowski.
16. Tony Allen
15. Monta Ellis
14. Brandon Jennings
13. Andrei Kirilenko
12. J.J. Redick –– UPDATE: Redick has agreed to a sign-and-trade to the Los Angeles Clippers and will receive a four-year, $27 million contract, per CBSSports.com's Ken Berger.
11. Jeff Teague
Kyle Korver is one of the greatest three-point shooters of all time, and last year's playoffs plainly pointed out how important perimeter shooting is. He'll be in high demand.
Tiago Splitter is the best "bad" player in the league. He has no real skills, but he cuts well, he positions himself in the right place at the right time, and he's a big body. It's not always pretty, but Splitter can help solidify a defense.
Manu Ginobili is on a serious decline, but I wouldn't count out someone with his pedigree to make amends for his most recent playoff performance with a killer postseason next year.
Kevin Martin is one of the more efficient scorers, but he's almost completely useless without the ball.
Tony Allen creates extra possessions by the bundle and is one of the best perimeter defenders in basketball. You have to wonder how long he can keep this up, though, as Allen will be 32 years old next season.
Monta Ellis deserves most of the criticism he receives, but he'd be one of the better sixth men the league has ever seen if he was open to that role. It's hard to win with him as a starter, but he'd be electric as a possession hog in a second unit.
RFA Brandon Jennings is a sub-40 percent shooter from the field for his career. That's hard to ignore, but Jennings is still young enough to cut out some of his bad habits. We'll see.
Andrei Kirilenko is an oldie but a goodie. The 32-year-old vet can defend, rebound, block shots, play passing lanes and move off the ball extremely well. We take him for granted, but he's one of the better role players in recent memory, and there's a ton of value in that.
J.J. Redick is a great shooter, but he's more than that. He can defend a bit, he's a really good distributor, and you can either put the ball in his hands or run him off screens. You wouldn't guess it, but he's a very versatile offensive player.
Jeff Teague has a ton of untapped potential, and that's not something you usually find in free agency. He's made strides every year in becoming a better shooter and distributor, and with all that speed and skill around the rim, you could easily see a breakout year coming.
10. Nikola Pekovic
9. Andrew Bynum
8. Al Jefferson — UPDATE: Al Jefferson has agreed to a three-year deal with the Charlotte Bobcats worth an approximate $41 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. There will be an opt-out option for Big Al after the second season.
7. Paul Millsap
6. David West — UPDATE: David West is finalizing a three-year deal to remain with the Indiana Pacers for approximately $36 million, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
5. Tyreke Evans — UPDATE: As part of a three-team trade, Tyreke Evans will join the New Orleans Pelicans on a new four-year, $44 million contract, per Stein. Robin Lopez heads to the Portland Trail Blazers, and Greivis Vasquez goes to the Sacramento Kings.
4. Josh Smith
3. Andre Iguodala — UPDATE: According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Andre Iguodala has agreed to a four-year deal worth $48 million with the Golden State Warriors.
2. Chris Paul — UPDATE: Chris Paul has verbally agreed to 5-year, $107 million contract with Clippers.
1. Dwight Howard — UPDATE: Howard has announced he'll sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Houston Rockets, according to the LA Times.
Nikola Pekovic is an old-school big that's brutal on the block with all that 6'11", 290-pound size. Though Pekovic's scoring and rebounding are hard to take for granted, he's not a great defender.
Andrew Bynum's knees won't keep him from landing a big contract, but it's hard to rate him above guys who play almost everyday. Bynum still has all the potential in the world, but I'm not holding my breath.
Al Jefferson is a similar player to Pekovic, only he has range on his jumper to hurt you in multiple ways. A true scorer and good defensive rebounder, Jefferson is a reliable post option who just needs a lot of help defensively from his frontcourt partner.
Paul Millsap can play the high or low post, where he's an adept passer and good shooter with range. Sort of like a smaller Al Horford, Millsap can help you in a lot of different ways. For a team with a shot-blocking center, Millsap would be a dream.
David West is the epitome of a pick-and-pop power forward, as that jumper of his has been falling for years. West was also a big part of Indiana's top-ranked defense, so you have to imagine the Pacers will do everything they can to keep him.
Tyreke Evans has improved, despite the general narrative. He's a better shooter and smarter player, and he's still lethal in transition out on the wing. How many big, physical and fast wings out there can score like he can? How many are 23 years old? Evans is worth the investment to see how he'll play with better teammates in a better environment.
Josh Smith shot 201 three-pointers in a contract year, which kind of sums up his issues. Smith lacks self-awareness and truly believes he should be shooting from the perimeter. That sinks his value as one of the league's best defenders, an extremely good passer and rebounder. If he could just take better shots, he'd be an elite player.
Andre Iguodala is the perfect third banana offensively for a team that already has scorers in place. Maybe the best perimeter defender in basketball not named LeBron James or Tony Allen, Iguodala is also a very good rebounder and playmaker. Bottom line, he makes his teams much, much better.
Dwight Howard deserves much of the criticism heaped upon him, but sometimes it gets out of hand. There isn't a better rebounder or rim-protector in all of basketball, and Howard is also still a very effective post scorer. He may act like a child sometimes, but he plays like a man. If the Houston Rockets do end up stealing him from the Los Angeles Lakers, the Western Conference becomes very, very interesting.
The Los Angeles Clippers wisely went out and got Doc Rivers for the disgruntled Chris Paul, and now Paul will stay in Los Angeles next to Blake Griffin for the next five years. Paul's decision influences a few teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, but Dwight Howard is the true first domino for the 2013 free-agent market.