Two days removed from the NBA Draft, we have made it to free agency! At 6 p.m. ET tonight, the moratorium period officially opens, which means negotiations can begin between players and teams.
BasketballNews.com has ranked the top free agents available by position:
Stay up to date with BasketballNews.com's offseason tracker for all player movement as well.
In this piece, we're going to rank the top-10 free agents overall.
Bertans, Washington Wizards -- Back with
15.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 0.6 OREB, 1.7 APG, 0.6
Few players boosted their stock as much as Bertans did in his first season with the Wizards. Playing nearly 30 minutes per game for the first time in his career, he took advantage. A dead-eye shooter, the Latvian sniper has one of the quickest releases in the league and he made 3.7 three-pointers per game (while shooting 42.4 percent from long range). He has no problem pulling up on the break from any spot on the floor, which is his specialty. Good luck cooling this man off when he’s hot.
9. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings -- Restricted
STATS: 15.1 PPG, 3.4
RPG, 3.4 APG, 1 SPG, 37.2% 3P
we thought Bogdanovic was headed for the Milwaukee Bucks
via a sign-and-trade, but that move is currently under
investigation. Reports suggest that he is entering restricted
free agency as he planned before the supposed deal was struck this
week. Since Bogdanovic joined the Kings three years ago, he’s been
the poster child of consistency. The Serbian guard has a quick
first step and a tendency to create for his teammates. His
three-point shooting is above-average as well. With Sacramento,
he’s done most of his damage with the second unit, but he always
finishes games. In a dry free-agent class, a team could come with a
significant offer. Luke Walton seems to like his game, though, so
it’ll be up to the Kings on whether to match a deal or
Goran Dragic, Miami Heat -- Back with
STATS: 16.2 PPG, 5.1 APG, 3.2 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 36.7% 3P
At 34 years
old, Dragic is getting up there in age, but he produced
exceptionally for the Heat. Unfortunately, he tore his plantar
fascia in his left foot, so he wasn't able to make his usual impact
in the NBA Finals. We'll see how that injury affects his status in
free agency. But as a sixth man for the first time since the early
part of the decade, the Slovenian vet accepted his role and thrived
(and eventually regained his starting job). He establishes a strong
rapport with everybody he plays with. He’s difficult to defend as a
ball-handler in pick-and-roll situations, either dropping the
perfect pass to a rolling big, darting toward the bucket with
conviction or jacking up a three to punish the
Danilo Gallinari, Oklahoma City Thunder -- Agreed with
STATS: 18.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.1 BPG, 0.7 SPG
Perhaps the most overlooked player in the NBA, Gallo is always going to put the basketball in the bucket. As a three-level scorer, he can hurt you by penetrating the defense, getting to the free-throw line and, most noticeably, draining triples. What he lacks in lateral ability, he makes up for with his length as a defender. As somebody who’s gone through a ton of injuries and trades in his life, Gallinari is a sure bet to stay the course and produce. Several teams tried to acquire Gallinari prior to this year's trade deadline, which was likely a preview of the interest he'll receive in free agency.
Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics -- Agreed with
17.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 0.4 BPG, 0.7
About three years after a gruesome leg injury left him on the sidelines for his debut season with the Celtics, Hayward returned to form and is confident in what he’s doing on the floor. He’s no longer hesitating to drive the lane, and he can take contact and finish as strong as he did pre-injury. He was super efficient this season, shooting 50 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line. And he was able to score all over the floor, with impressive shooting percentages whether he was finishing at the rim, shooting mid-range jumpers or attempting three-pointers. On defense, he held his own next to some of the best young guards in the league. It's unfortunate he missed a good chunk of the postseason with an ankle injury, but he bounced back nicely for Boston when he came back. Hayward ultimately decided to opt out and test free agency, leaving nearly $35 million on the table.
5. Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors -- Unrestricted
15.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.1 OREB, 1.4 APG, 0.8
While Ibaka’s defensive prowess got him noticed early in his career, it's been his scoring uptick that should catch the eye of teams around the league now. He was a major cog in Toronto's playoff run, soaking up a lot of minutes in favor of Marc Gasol off the bench. The Raptors utilized his improved ability to stretch the floor and allowed him to fire up shots from distance, as he shot 38.5 percent from three this year. Additionally, he sets good screens and rolls to the basket well.
Harrell, LA Clippers -- Agreed with
18.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.6 OREB, 1.7 APG, 1.1
At 6-foot-7 with a 240-pound frame, Harrell plays much bigger than his size. His nose for the ball is up there with anybody in the NBA, he knows how to find room to get into the paint and he uses his strength to his advantage. He was one half of the deadliest second-unit duo in the league with Lou Williams. Harrell won this year's Sixth Man of the Year award because of his terrific two-way contributions. Yeah, the NBA bubble didn't do him any favors -- and there were a number of factors that played into his struggles in Orlando -- but he's still at the top of the food chain among centers in this free-agent class. Harrell should still get paid handsomely.
Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors -- Back with
STATS: 17.6 PPG, 6.6 APG, 3.8 RPG, 1.9 SPG, 39% 3P
Can you believe the crown jewel of the 2020 point-guard class went undrafted four years ago? VanVleet might be the smoothest operator in the league at the one. You can credit smart decision-making, aggressiveness and stellar defensive IQ as the reasons for his rise to the top. Learning from one of the best in the league, Kyle Lowry, certainly didn't hurt, but VanVleet got here on his own volition. There's no question that he’s been a key piece for last year's champions; he's incredibly consistent and he just does his job at an extremely high level. There’s a good chance that some team is going to break the bank for VanVleet this offseason. Long-term security is going to be the key, and, despite his public desire to re-sign, that might hurt the Raptors’ chances of retaining him.
2. Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans -- Restricted
23.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 0.6 BPG, 1 SPG
Ingram adapted well to a change of scenery and found a niche with the fast-paced Pelicans, winning the Most Improved Player award. The 22-year-old quickly became the focal point of the team, notching magnificent performance after magnificent performance before ZionMania came around. He’s put in the work to freely take looks instead of being timid to do so, improving his shot selection in the process. He effectively finds different angles to get to point-blank distance. A first-time All-Star, Ingram’s development curve is rising quickly. It’d be wise for New Orleans to match any offer that comes his way because we could be looking at a max-contract player.
1. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers -- Unrestricted
26.1 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.3 OREB, 3.2 APG, 2.3
Will AD stay or will he go? Well, he and LeBron James just led the Lakers to their 17th NBA championship, so you'd think staying with the Lakers would be his top option. They’re the most dangerous duo in the NBA today. Davis can score from anywhere, and he's one of the nastiest finishers in the game. He’ll take your lunch money on the defensive end too. When healthy, he’s one of the best all-around players in the league. He declined Los Angeles’ max extension after the New Year and declined his player option recently in favor of earning a maximum contract offer this offseason.
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