NBA Free Agency 2013: Point Guards Who Will Boost New Teams' Fortunes
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The best point guard on the market never tested free agency, but Monta Ellis is one of the point guards who will help his new team next season.
All of the intrigue for point guards is gone with Chris Paul off the market. Now teams will battle for the best remaining players.
Point guards can make or break a team. A contender can be one good point guard away from a title, and an average team can get to the playoffs with a solid point guard.
The current market has a variety of styles at the point. There are some players who can score, some who can pass and some who do a little of both. Here are some players who can make a difference with a new team next season.
Monta Ellis, Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee isn't going to be able to keep Ellis and Brandon Jennings. As a restricted free agent, Jennings can sign an offer sheet, but the Bucks get a chance to match.
Jennings is likely to stay in Milwaukee. Ellis reportedly turned down an extension earlier this year, so it doesn't look like he wants to be a Buck anymore.
The 27-year-old can do a little bit of everything. He averaged 19.6 points, 6.0 assists, 2.1 steals and 3.9 rebounds per game last season.
He has a career shooting percentage of 45.6 percent, so he's a solid shooter for his position.
Ellis is the best point guard available and would fit in very well with a team that already has quality pieces to put around him. It's time for him to go to a team with more talent that can make some noise in the playoffs.
Nate Robinson, Chicago Bulls
With Derrick Rose back, Nate Robinson is no longer needed in Chicago. He didn't start many games for the Bulls, but he made an impact when he entered a game.
He averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 assists per game in only 25 minutes during the regular season. In the postseason, his assists per game stayed the same, but he averaged over 16 points per contest.
Robinson isn't going to come to a new team and be a star point guard, but he provides something that not many players can do: He can accept a reserve role and be an explosive scorer off the bench.
Teams with a quality point guard could use a guy like Robinson. He can come in when the starter is tired or in foul trouble and keep the team going on offense.
Robinson is one of those players who can catch fire and carry a team. Having a player like that is dangerous, and he will be looking for a team that can give him some minutes. He's never been a starter, so he's handled coming off the bench very well.
His quick tempo can change a game in a hurry, and Robinson will make an impact on whatever team signs him.
Mo Williams, Utah Jazz
Placed in a tough spot with Utah, Mo Williams will likely take his talents elsewhere next season. He reportedly won't re-sign with the Jazz unless he is the starting point guard.
For a guy with his record, he has the right to go somewhere and be the starter. He isn't a prolific scorer, but he is a good all-around point guard.
He averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists last season, and shot 43 percent from the floor and 38.3 percent from three-point range.
This is a guy who made an All-Star team when he played with LeBron James in Cleveland. Playing with a superstar helps, but he has had some very good seasons in his career.
Williams isn't going to take over a game on offense. He's going to get his teammates involved and let them do their jobs. That's what he is paid to do, and he's going to shoot when he needs to.
*All statistics are courtesy of NBA.com
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