NBA Free Agency 2011: The Most Prolific Scorers Available This Summer

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IMay 3, 2011

NBA Free Agency 2011: The Most Prolific Scorers Available This Summer

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    DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 24:  Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets tries to get off a shot against the defense of  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on February 24, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User
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    This summer's free agency class features a plethora of talented players, both big and small.

    One area where the class's emphasis is shown lies within the scoring category. There are many of these guys in this year's class, and they will be looking for new contracts in the coming months.

    I will count down the 10 most prolific scorers available this summer.

    Without further ado, thanks for reading!

The Rest

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 21: Marcus Thornton #23 of the Sacramento Kings moves against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Kings 132-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that
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    15. Tim Duncan

    14. Rodney Stuckey

    13. Aaron Brooks

    12. Marcus Thornton

    11. David West

10. Carl Landry

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Carl Landry #24 of the New Orleans Hornets goes up for a shot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011
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    PPG: 11.9

    FG%: .502

    FT%: .773

    3PT%: .000

    Carl Landry is a prime example of someone who knows how to put the ball on the floor at all times.

    The 6'9" big out of Purdue has produced glimpses of greatness this season, and many of those moments came when he scored. In all, he averaged 11.9 points per game while putting in time with both the Kings and the Hornets.

    He also shot an efficient 50.2 percent from the floor during the 2010-11 season.

    His partner in crime, David West, just missed out on this spot to his teammate.

9. Andrei Kirilenko

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket over Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half at Staples Center on January 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Jazz 120-91
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    PPG: 11.7

    FG%: .467

    3PT%: .367

    FT%: .770

    I think it's safe to call Andrei Kirilenko the best player from the biggest (in terms of size) country on the planet.

    While we're doing that, let's throw out the fact that he's a free agent who knows how to score.

    He shoots better than 46 and 77 percent from the field and the free throw line, respectively. Additionally, AK47 drains better than 36 percent of his long bombs.

    He will have to lower his asking price if he wants to sign a longer deal with a team; it's that simple.

7. Nene

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 27: Nene Hilario #31 of the Denver Nuggets looks to shoot the ball against Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at the Ford
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    PPG: 14.5

    FG%: .615

    FT%: .711

    3PT%: .000

    Nene's low ranking on this list (and for the case of other bigs) has to do with the fact that he can't make anything outside of the charity stripe. The word "prolific" literally means producing or abundant, but you can't be an all-around producer if your jump shot is limited.

    However, Nene's excellent ability to score in the post snags him a spot on the list. He averaged better than 14 points per game in 75 contests this season.

    Additionally, he shot an incredible 61.5 percent on his field goals, a true testimony as to why he is the highest big on this list.

    He also isn't a putrid free throw shooter either, as he drains better than 71 percent of his foul shots.

7. Jason Richardson

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Jason Richardson #23 of the Orlando Magic drives against Jason Collins #34 of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgi
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    PPG: 15.6

    FG%: .447

    3PT%: .395

    FT%: .730

    It seems like Jason Richardson has been in the league forever, doesn't it?

    However, he's still only 30 years old, and he will be a hot commodity in this year's free-agent class because he can shoot and score like almost no one else whose name is in the FA hat.

    He averaged a solid 15.6 points per game this year and proved he can still shoot outside, dumping in a prolific 39.5 percent.

6. Caron Butler

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    DALLAS - NOVEMBER 27: Caron Butler #4 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots over Joel Anthony #50 of the Miami Heat on November 27, 2010 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    PPG: 15.0

    FG%: .450

    FT%: .773

    3PT%: .431

    Although known for his defensive prowess, Caron Butler also has the ability to put the ball through the net at a very efficient pace.

    This season, he only played in 29 games, but it was indeed a sample size of what Caron can do with the ball in his hands.

    He shot a solid 43.1 percent from downtown to go with a 15 point per game average on an absolutely loaded Mavericks team offensively.

5. Nick Young

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Nick Young #1 of the Washington Wizards puts up a shot in front of Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half at the Verizon Center on March 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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    PPG: 17.4

    FG%: .441

    3PT%: .387

    FT%: .816

    Nick Young led the Washington Wizards in the scoring this season, averaging just over 17 in 32 minutes per game.

    Many teams will be looking at the 6'7" USC product because of his dynamic offensive game. He can shoot from just about anywhere, and there are plenty of clubs who could use his efforts on their roster.

    Since Young's qualifying offer is $3.7 million for next season with Washington, it will be interesting to see which route he will take.

4. Arron Afflalo

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 23:  Arron Afflalo #6 of the Denver Nuggets scores agains the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User
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    PPG: 12.6

    FG%: .498

    FT%: .847

    3PT%: .423

    When Arron Afflalo has the ball, there's no telling what exactly he'll do with it.

    He can penetrate in the lane. He can take it out top and shoot from three, where he averaged a solid 42.3 percent clip. He can shoot from just about anywhere, to be honest.

    Many will be out to get the 6'5" 25-year-old, and it isn't all about his stifling defense anymore.

3. Wilson Chandler

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 19:  Forward Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Center Erick Dampier #25 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 19, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  The Heat defeated the Nuggets 103-98. NOTE TO USER: User ex
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    PPG: 15.3

    FG%: .450

    3PT%: .350

    FT%: .807

    For a guy who has a 13.9 point per game career scoring average, Wilson Chandler sure is an unknown.

    Let me give you the vitals: He's a 6'8" small forward with tremendous athleticism and a knack for staying under the spotlight.

    This season, the DePaul product averaged 15.3 points while splitting time with the Knickerbockers and the Nuggets.

    Oh, and did I mention there's a slim chance Denver is going to let this 22-year-old prize get away?

    When bringing up the best five small forwards in say, 2013, Wilson Chandler will undoubtedly be a part of that conversation.

2. Jeff Green

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01:  Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks against Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena on April 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Ph
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    PPG: 13.3

    FG%: .449

    3PT%: .303

    FT%: .811

    The single trade deadline move that shocked the basketball world was the Kendrick Perkins/Jeff Green deal.

    On one side, you have a defensive center heading to an already solid defensive team, making it a pretty great trade. On the other side, you have a prolific scorer and a guy who brings energy to the club.

    That guy is Green. While the Celtics' number one priority is most definitely not the scoring game, Green has embraced his role with open arms. Now, there is absolutely no way that the C's will let him go this offseason. He is a solid shooter, makes his foul shots, and plays to an efficient rate, according to Doc Rivers.

    He will (and I repeat, will) be their number one scorer in about four years' time. For now, his numbers will be flawed while he plays under the shadow of the Big Four.

    He averaged just nine points per game after the trade that shipped him to Boston.

1. Jamal Crawford

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Jamal Crawford #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts after their 84-81 win over the Orlando Magic during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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    PPG: 14.2 (20.7 in the playoffs)

    FG%: .421

    3PT%: .341

    FT%: .854

    You might as well call this guy "Mr. Clutch" the way he's played in the playoffs thus far.

    The 30-year-old Jamal Crawford was one of the league's best sixth men in the league this season, averaging 14.2 points per game while shooting better than 34 percent beyond the arc. He is also a tremendous foul shooter, sinking over 85 percent of his free throws.

    Crawford is going to be a hot commodity come June and one of the league's most intriguing free agents. Additionally, he just might be the best scorer in this year's free-agent class.

    It will be interesting to see where this prolific scorer will take his talents, as it seems so many clubs are interested in the 6'5" shooting guard.