NBA Free Agency: 5 Players Who Can Make Teams Playoff Contenders
There is often a noticeable gap between playoff contenders and up and coming teams in this league. Often though, those up and comers are just one player away from becoming not only a playoff contender, but a title contender. Here are five free agents that could be the difference this year for a young team:
5. Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler is one of the most versatile players in the NBA. He can play shooting guard, small forward and power forward with his top combination of size and speed.
Before he was traded to the Denver Nuggets, he was having a career year averaging 16.4 points per game for the New York Knicks.
4. Nick Young
Nick Young would instantly assist a team with a lack of scoring punch at the two-guard. He may be a ball hog, but at least the ball goes in the hoop as he averaged 17.4 points a game last season.
His massive jump in points per game from the season before where he just averaged 8.6 shows his dedication to improving his game.
3. Aaron Brooks
Before his 2010-2011 season was plagued by injuries, Aaron Brooks was considered one of the best young point guards in the league. The man who averaged 19.6 points and 5.3 assists a game the year before will come cheap for how valuable he can be.
If healthy, Brooks is talented enough to be a key part of a title contender.
2. Jeff Green
The Oklahoma City Thunder made a mistake in trading away the player that made them the run-and-gun team that they were. Jeff Green is a match-up nightmare as he’s too big for small forwards at 6’9”, 235 pounds and he’s too quick for power forwards.
He was averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 boards a game before he was shipped to Boston.
There aren’t many quality starting centers in the NBA, but Nene happens to be one of them. Because of that, he’ll demand big money this offseason.
Nene will prove to be worth it though as he averaged 14.2 points and nine boards per game while up against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s frontline of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka in the playoffs.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him on Twitter.
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