NBA Free Agents 2011: 10 Role-Players Who Could Pay Dividends
With the 2011 NBA season in the books, free agency is looming in the air.
With this said, there are many free agents who could help out a lot of teams. These 10 players bring a lot to the table and have many qualities that make them very marketable.
Here is a look at 10 role-players who could pay dividends.
David West, New Orleans Hornets
David West is a very good power forward who can put up nearly 20 points per game. He is very skilled for his size, so not only can he post up, but he can also offer a shooting presence from 20 feet and in.
West will be 31 when the 2011 NBA season begins, so he still has a lot left in him; not to mention his stats have been almost the same every season. Therefore, his numbers do not look like they will decline anytime soon.
Caron Butler, Dallas Mavericks
Caron Butler is another player in his early 30's who still has a lot of basketball left in him. He is coming off of a championship season with the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 15 PPG.
Butler can not only knock down three-point shots, but he can also drive to the hoop. He is an efficient passer when he wants to be as well.
Butler may not be the best defensive player in the league, but if a team is looking for a player who can knock down shots and get to the rim, Caron Butler is their man.
Tracy McGrady, Detroit Pistons
McGrady is obviously not the player he used to be. However, he is still relatively young, and if he finds the right team he can possibly be something of the star he once was.
Thanks to knee injuries, McGrady cannot move like he used to, and he has lost a lot of his explosiveness. With this said, if McGrady accepts the role as a spot-up shooter, he can produce a lot more points and have value once again.
McGrady is a veteran player who still has a lot to offer. He is an underrated passer and knows the game of basketball very well.
J.R. Smith, Denver Nuggets
Smith is talented enough to be an All-Star. Unfortunately, he has very bad shot selection and can get out of control from time to time.
With this said, Smith is a great shooter with unlimited range. He is very talented and can put the ball in the hoop with the long ball or drive to the basket.
With some discipline, Smith can be a very proficient scorer and an even better defender.
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks
Tyson Chandler may not be the best offensive player in the world, but he still managed to average in double figures last season with 10.1 PPG.
Chandler's specialties are rebounding and defense. He is one of the best post defenders in the league, which makes him a nightmare to anyone who tries to drive the ball to the basket.
Allen Iverson, Turkey
Allen Iverson was once one of the best point guards in the league. Unfortunately, he has gotten worse and worse the last few years, all the way to the point where he had to play in Turkey.
Iverson is now eyeing a comeback to the NBA and is willing to take on any role if given the chance. He is a very experienced guard who can teach the younger guys the game of basketball.
Although he is definitely out of his prime, Iverson can still offer a lot from the bench. He is motivated enough to end his career on a good note and will do everything in his power to show the NBA he can still play basketball, whether that be as a bench player or a starter in the NBA.
Shannon Brown, L.A. Lakers
Shannon Brown is a very athletic player. With some work on his shot and ball-handling skills, he could be a starter in this league.
Brown is an amazing dunker thanks to his leaping ability. He needs a lot of work to become a starter, but Brown is still very young and shows great potential.
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons
Tayshaun Prince is a very lengthy forward. This not only makes him a great offensive player, but an exceptional defensive player as well.
Although Prince has suffered from a back injury, he is starting to play like he used to. Prince is a great player who can start for just about any team in the league.
Jason Richardson, Orlando Magic
Jason Richardson is a very good player and would be a steal for any team that picks him up. He averaged 15.6 PPG last season.
Richardson is a great shooter and a tremendous dunker. With great leaping ability and good height for a guard, Richardson is effective when posting up his position—not to mention he is also a great rebounder. He rarely turns over the ball, too.
With all of this said, Richardson has a lot to offer.
Jamal Crawford, Atlanta Hawks
Jamal Crawford is a very long and slender guard, which allows him to shoot over most guards. Not to mention, he is also great at drawing fouls from jump shots.
Crawford has great ball-handling skills and is a good shooter. With this said, he is a very good point guard and would start for most teams.