NBA Free Agents 2011: 12 Best Offensive Forces Available in Free Agency

Bradlee Ross@rossbeCorrespondent IIAugust 23, 2011

NBA Free Agents 2011: 12 Best Offensive Forces Available in Free Agency

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    After this lockout finally ends (whenever that will be), teams will begin the normal offseason stuff that they normally would be done with by now. One of the biggest parts of that will be free agency.

    Many contending teams will be looking for that one piece, that one offensive guy who can put them over the edge into championship contention.

    Here are the 12 best guys for doing just that.

David West

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    West is without a doubt one of the best offensive big men in the league.

    He averaged 18.9 points per game last season and will be a hot commodity despite sitting out with a knee injury for the last part of the season.

Michael Redd

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    It's been awhile since Redd has been fully healthy and good. This picture actually gives that away, since it's been forever since Nate Robinson was a Knick.

    Redd's knees have plagued him for years now, but he finally seems like he's about to be healthy again.

    He may not be what he used to be, but he can definitely help out a team that needs to add some offense.

Shannon Brown

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    Brown has done fairly well in his role as the scoring threat for the Lakers' second unit.

    He averaged nearly nine points a game last season in limited minutes, which is probably enough to convince other teams that he could be pretty good with more time.

    He's athletic and can definitely score with the ball in his hands.

Tracy McGrady

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    Despite popular belief, this guy is actually still in the league.

    He's also still a pretty darn good player. Much like Redd, he's not anywhere near what he used to be, but he's got enough in the tank to help out a good team that needs a shot in the arm offensively.

J.R. Smith

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    Smith was probably one of the most talented bench players in the whole league last year.

    He's a streaky guy. When he's on, he's near unstoppable.

    When he's off, he can look pretty average.

    But he's still one of the best offensive options in this offseason's free-agent class.

Caron Butler

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    Butler has been forgotten about lately, mainly because he was injured and unable to play during the Maverick's miracle playoff run.

    But don't close the book on this guy.

    He's a 15 points per game guy at his worst, and it will be tough for the Mavs to keep him and everybody else on their championship team.

Jason Richardson

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    Richardson is probably the best offensive two-guard in the game that isn't an all out star.

    At 6'6" and averaging 18 points per game for his career, he would be a solid get for just about anyone.

Grant Hill

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    Despite being as old as dirty (fine, 38), Hill was able to average 13 points a game last season.

    He has been known as more of a defensive presence, but he's also proven that he can be a threat on the other side of the ball when given the right opportunity.

Jeff Green

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    After being traded to Boston last season, Green was disappointing. All of his numbers dropped and he failed to be a difference maker.

    But that was in much less playing time and with a lesser role.

    Green is a talented guy who will command money on the market. He's a restricted free agent, but the Celtics will have to pony up to keep him.

Rodney Stuckey

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    Stuckey, the original replacement for Chauncey Billups in Detroit, has been talented but not good enough to keep the Pistons winning.

    But he is a guy who has averaged 15 points and five assists consistently, and offense is about helping others score too.

    Stuckey is still young and will be a steal for whoever gets him.

Aaron Afflalo

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    Afflalo is a restricted free agent and only averaged 12 points per game last year.

    But he played out of position a lot after the Nuggets got rid of Chauncey Billups.

    If he gets on a team where he can play his natural spot at the two-guard, look out, he could become one of the best young guards in the game.

Jamal Crawford

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    An impressive showing in the playoffs has everyone talking about this guy.

    He's the best offensive force available in free agency and averaged 15 points per game in the playoffs while leading the Hawks past Orlando and into Chicago.

    He's a bit old at 31, but he'll be great for whoever gets him.