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NBA Free Agents 2011: 10 Teams That Need to Acquire Nene Hilario This Summer

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NBA Free Agents 2011: 10 Teams That Need to Acquire Nene Hilario This Summer
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Nene is one of the NBA's best big men today...

Centers typically come at a higher premium than any other position in the NBA.  The Denver Nuggets' Nene Hilario will certainly command a high price tag for the many interested parties that will pursue him.

Early in his career, Nene was regarded as one of the most coveted big-man prospects of the decade.  He flashed early signs of great promise from 2002-2005 before injuries nearly derailed everything from 2005-2008.

After only playing 81 games during that span, Nene has since returned to being one of the most consistently-performing pivots around.  His numbers have been solid, he's capable of playing either front-line position and he's just as competent a defender as he is on offense.

At the same time, Nene's current $11.4-million contract suggests that he's a legitimate star player.  Yet, while Hilario's production is absolutely reliable, one has a hard time remembering the last time he absolutely dominated a game, much less a stretch of them.

This year's efficient 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game brought up the same questions that have surrounded Nene since he arrived in 2002: He's so talented, but why aren't his numbers any bigger?  Why does he never seem to be reaching his ceiling?

At 28 years of age, Nene Hilario is solidly within his prime.  It's entirely possible that he has already reached his peak production.  It's also questionable as to whether he is a legitimate second option or not. 

At the same time, competent NBA centers are such a precious commodity these days that many teams will reach deep into their wallets for the Nuggets' big man.

Here are the top 10 potential destinations for Nene Hilario this offseason:

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