The NBA season is nearly at the midway point and there's still teams that could use some help. The good news is that there are plenty of free agents with substantial NBA experience.
The bad news? For veteran players without a job, there’s simply not enough openings to go around. Adding to the mix is the allure of younger players in the D-League whose best days may still lie ahead.
Ranking the best of those who are still available is a subjective choice. Some were stars once while most were not. There are players with a particular skill set and those who have simply toiled in the trenches for years.
Add the inevitable deterioration that can come with age and injuries. Also add questions about personality, dedication and focus. What about the conditioning and game readiness for those who have been out of the league for an entire season and sometimes more?
This may not be the definitive list—there will always be questions about who was left out or who is not deserving. Yet, each of the players listed here have made a difference at some point in the past and each has legitimate and valuable NBA experience. Some have been All-Stars and some have won championships. Others are still hoping and waiting for one last chance for a ring.
For most, that chance will never come. Still, hope springs eternal as we rank 15 available free agents with NBA experience.
Stats and data are from Basketball-Reference.