Best 2013 NBA Free Agents Still Available at Every Position
Not every team can get the top guy on their list. Just ask the Dallas Mavericks.
Now that the free-agency dust has settled, what's left available for teams isn't quite as enticing as before, but holes have to be plugged and the show must go on.
It's not all doom and gloom, however, because there are still some productive players who could be difference-makers for contending teams or future contributors for franchises not quite there yet.
Here's a look at the best of the rest in NBA free agency.
Any team investing in Brandon Jennings in free agency is hoping that he'll fulfill his potential as a creative young point guard who can rattle off points in a hurry.
Jennings may benefit from going to a place like Atlanta where his big men would be a little more apt to score. Heavy usage rates and poor efficiency have always been the knock on Jennings, but maybe a new cast and a new town can help him become more selective with his shot.
Other than Jennings, Beno Udrih is a capable point guard you wouldn't mind in a reserve role. Udrih's pull-up jumper is one of the prettiest in the game.
Mo Williams is another excellent shooter from behind the arc who can play off the ball quite well. Williams' inflated self-worth may be keeping him from a lesser deal, but he can still play.
Nate Robinson is another victim of the league-wide depth at the point guard position. As a sixth man who can carry a second unit with his scoring, you could do much worse than Robinson.
Gerald Henderson may not be a big name, but he's a very capable role player with excellent athleticism.
Henderson's lack of three-point range is his big issue, but he's made strides as a shooter and distributor every year with the Bobcats.
Henderson deserves to go to a good team where less of the focus will be on him. He can play.
Gary Neal has to turn up on a contender looking for a shooter sooner rather than later. He's ultra streaky and prone to bad shots, but as we saw in this year's NBA Finals, Neal isn't afraid to pull the trigger.
The pickings are pretty slim at the small forward position, but Alan Anderson is a capable floor-spacer who likes to create for himself.
Anderson might be a little too aggressive with his own shot, but he has one of the prettier jumpers in the league, so you don't mind as much.
Dahntay Jones is a guy who can defend wing players in short stretches and provide a little toughness off the bench. Teams can probably aim higher, but he's not a bad end-of-the-bench option.
Ditto for Ronnie Brewer and Marquis Daniels.
Brewer especially deserves another shot after flaming out with the New York Knicks. He's not one to space the floor, but in an offense with flex principles, he's a great cutter who understands openings. Daniels can't score anymore, but he'll provide some solid defense.
Elton Brand is one of the best players left in free agency. He spaces the floor with a potent mid-range jumper, boxes out incredibly well and can still protect the rim a bit.
As a role-playing third big man, it doesn't get much better.
Ivan Johnson is another tough, blue-collar player who will beat on you under the basket and grind his way to success. Johnson is a bit of a throwback, but he deserves a rotation spot somewhere.
Kenyon Martin can also pack a punch defensively, but he might be better off as a late-season pickup. After all, 82 games is a lot for his legs at this point.
Brandan Wright is a stretch at center, but he'd also provide some stretch, so there's some give and take here. Wright's career PER of 19.7 is one of the highest of any free agents left, so he'll get snatched up sooner rather than later.
Wright's ability to block shots and run the floor makes him valuable for nearly any team.
Samuel Dalembert is a close second to Wright. He blocks shots, stretches the floor a bit and rebounds well. Dalembert gets lost sometimes defensively, but as far as his skills go, he has everything you'd want in a backup center.
After Dalembert, the list gets thin. Byron Mullens could theoretically be a decent pick-and-pop option, and he does have some athleticism to his game. Las Vegas Summer League bigs who really show well might be the best option after Dalembert and Wright, however.