NBA Free Agents 2011: Yao Ming and the Top 12 Big Men Who Could Change Teams

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NBA Free Agents 2011: Yao Ming and the Top 12 Big Men Who Could Change Teams
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As the 2010-2011 NBA season nears its end, fans can once again look forward to a number of good players hitting the free-agency market.  Last year, we were glued to our TVs as LeBron James announced he would be joining Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami.  In 2011, rather than see three perennial All-Stars ponder their futures, we will see the likes of Ray Allen, Zach Randolph and Jason Richardson decide where to play next.

Yet, while there are certainly a number of talented athletes in this year's free-agency class, today's focus will be on my personal favorite type of player: the big man.  Each time a player who can score points as well as play great defense in the post becomes a free agent, it's always exciting to see where they will end up.

This year's big man free-agent class is headlined by Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (pictured at left), who has only played five games this year due to a stress fracture in his ankle.  Given his history of injury problems and almost zero guarantee that he can stay healthy, the team is sure to let him sign elsewhere.

Here are 12 free-agent big men who could join Yao in free agency this year and possibly move on to new teams.

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