This year the NBA has the most free agent talent in recent memory. Big names and premium talent are readily available to improve any team that can afford them.
Free agents have the potential to influence a team’s record, post-season achievements, and even revenue (through ticket and merchandise sales.)
This is especially true for the best players in their position. Here are five players, arguably the best available to be signed from their positions, that could make a huge impact this off-season.
Chris Bosh is the best thing to ever happen to the Toronto Raptors. Unfortunately, that will probably come to an end this year. Bosh hopes to find a team that can propel his career into the post-season and give him a chance of winning an NBA championship.
Bosh averages 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He also has the most points, rebounds, blocks, and double doubles in team history.
The team that signs Bosh will not only benefit from his impressive speed and athleticism. They will have an all-star in the paint who can score himself or open up plays for teammates because of all the double-teams he draws.
LeBron James is the first name out of every NBA fan's mouth when they are discussing free agency. Virtually every team in the league wants LBJ, but whoever wants to sign this 6’8, 280 lb. free agent is going to have to fork over some big bucks.
King James is averaging 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists per game, not to mention he has virtually broken his back trying to achieve post-season success in Cleveland with no supporting cast whatsoever. He’s taken the franchise to their only NBA Finals and he was a key piece of the stacked 2008 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team that won the gold metal in Beijing.
James has a long list of accomplishments to put on his resume, so he obviously will not have any trouble finding a team with a lack of interest. However, the team that wants to sign him should take into consideration that James will basically take the reins of that team in more ways than one. He will be LeBron the player, the coach, and general manager.
Dwyane Wade still has championship aspirations on a team that is noticeably rebuilding.
Currently, Wade acts as the leader of a young Miami Heat squad. Who knows what his chancing are of staying, especially taking into account the several other key player that are on the team exploring free agency (Rafer Alston, Jermain O’Neil, Udonis Haslem and Carlos Arroyo).
Wade averages 26.6 points per game and is known for his intense style of play.
In 2006, following his NBA championship, Wade was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, and Best NBA Player. He was also a major component on the U.S.’s “Redeem Team” at the summer Olympics in Beijing.
Nate Robinson is coming off a surprising bench role with the aging Boston Celtics, but he is no doubt the best point guard in the 2010 free agent class.
What Robinson lacks in height (5’9), he makes up for with finesse and a remarkable vertical (43.5 inches). In fact, his incredible hops have earned him three slam dunk contests awards.
Despite his limited role this season with Boston and New York, Robinson’s career average is still in the double digits at 12 points per game, a decrease from previous seasons with the Knicks.
Robinson could be a steal for a team in desperate need of a point guard with his skill set.
At 6’9 and 250 lbs. David Lee is a force to be reckoned with. Lee is in his prime, coming off of his fifth year in the NBA, with a career-high in scoring and rebounding with 20.2 points and 11.7 boards per game in 2010.
Lee could give a team like the Detroit Pistons, who are in desperate need of a center, a high quality player at that position who can both score in bunches and protect the paint.