Possible Fits: Signed with LA Clippers
2. Dwight Howard
Possible Fits: Houston, Dallas, LA Lakers, Atlanta, Golden State
3. Andre Iguodala
Possible Fits: New Orleans, Detroit, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Denver, Cleveland
4. Josh Smith
Possible Fits: Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Dallas
5. Al Jefferson
Possible Fits: Charlotte, Utah, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston
6. Brandon Jennings (R)
55 points in a game his rookie season. Jennings is in line for a huge contract, and it remains to be seen if Milwaukee will match any offer sheet he signs.
Possible Fits: Milwaukee, Sacramento, Atlanta, Dallas
7. Paul Millsap
Possible Fits: Utah, Atlanta, Charlotte
8. David West
mutual interest between West and the Pacers, so a return seems likely.
Possible Fits: Indiana
9. Andrew Bynum
If Andrew Bynum was healthy, there is no doubt that he would be a top five free agent in this class. At 7'0" and 285 pounds, he could be a huge asset on the court for any team. Unfortunately, Bynum is nowhere near healthy. His knees are so fragile that even if he returns, it seems as if it will only be a matter of time before he gets hurt again. Bynum will be looking for a big contract this offseason, though it is highly doubtful that any team will give him one. Putting too much trust into a fragile Bynum could completely derail a team's season (See: Sixers, Philadelphia). There is no doubt, however, that a team will take a risk on Bynum for next season, and it could pay huge dividends if he gets healthy.
Possible Fits: Dallas, Cleveland, Portland, LA Lakers
10. Nikola Pekovic (R)
Possible Fits: Minnesota, Portland, Cleveland
11. Tony Allen
Allen is widely regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. Although his offensive game is suspect at best, as defense easily makes up for it. Allen would thrive on a team that has many other offensive options, so he can just focus on what he does best. Good defensive players are hard to come by in the NBA, and Allen will be sought after by many teams this offseason.
Possible Fits: Memphis, Oklahoma City, New York, Indiana, LA Clippers, Denver
12. Jeff Teague (R)
Teague has improved as a player every year in the NBA, and he took a huge jump as a point guard this past season. Averaging 14.6 points per game last season, the 25 year-old point guard saw his assists averages rise to 7.2 per game, up from 4.9 per game the season before. Teague is a decent shooter and a quick player, and will probably receive a good offer this offseason. It does not appear likely that Teague will leave Atlanta though, as the Hawks will have enough money to match any offer sheet he will sign.
Possible Fits: Atlanta, Milwaukee, Dallas
13. Tyreke Evans (R)
Averaging 20.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game as a rookie, Tyreke Evans was labeled by many as the league's next star player. Every season since his rookie year, however, his stats have regressed to the point where he only averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game. Still, at just 23 years of age, Evans still has plenty of time to figure things out in his NBA career. He will likely receive a large offer sheet this offseason that the Sacramento Kings may not match, as Evans may just need a little change of scenery to get his career back on track.
Possible Fits: New Orleans, Sacramento, Detroit
14. Jarrett Jack
Jarrett Jack played a huge role for the Warriors last season. Despite coming off the bench, Jack became a leader for that young team and stepped up big in the playoffs. Averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists per game during the regular season, Jack averaged over 17 points per game in the playoffs, to go along with 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He is a smart player and a good shooter, and he could easily fill the same role for this upcoming season for the Warriors or another young team.
Possible Fits: Golden State, Indiana, Cleveland, Denver, Dallas
15. Tiago Splitter (R)
Tiago Splitter had his best year in the NBA this past season, starting 58 games and averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, as well as shooting 56% from the field. Playing under 25 minutes per game, however, the 6'11" center will likely look for a situation where he can receive more playing time. If Splitter is to sign an offer sheet with another team this offseason, the Spurs will have the chance to keep him by matching the offer sheet, as he is a restricted free agent.
Possible Fits: San Antonio, Portland, Atlanta, Dallas
16. Monta Ellis
Ellis has always been known as a scorer in the NBA, but with his bad shot selection and inconsistent defensive effort, he often hurts his team just as much as he helps. Though Ellis does manage to average 6.0 assists per game, he also averages over 3 turnovers per game. Personally, I think Ellis has been misused as a starter throughout his career. Ellis would be much more effective as a sixth man on a good team, playing a similar role as JR Smith played with the Knicks. If Ellis would sign as a sixth man rather than a starter, he would be a much more effective player.
Possible Fits: New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Dallas
17. JR Smith
Coming off a big year in which he averaged 18.1 points per game and won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award, Smith's value has never been higher, and he seems to be in line for a large contract. Although Smith scores a lot, he makes a lot of poor decisions and plays nearly no defense. Smith can be a very good scorer, but his play is inconsistent and can be frustrating for whoever he signs with.
Possible Fits: Milwaukee, Utah, Phoenix, New York
18. JJ Redick
Redick had a breakout season this past year, averaging 14.1 points per game. He is an elite shooter who really helps spread the floor when he is on the court. At 29 years old, Redick is playing the best basketball of his career, and his contract year could not have come at a better time. His value is higher than it has ever been, and he may be in line to cash in with a team in need of a shooter.
Possible Fits: LA Clippers, Chicago, Indiana, Minnesota, LA Lakers
19. OJ Mayo
Through five years in the NBA, Mayo's inconsistencies have been well documented. Averaging nearly 18 points per game before the All Star break last season, he averaged under 11 points after the break. Mayo is very tough to predict and he is a big risk, but if he can somehow manage to put it all together, he could prove to be one of the better scorers in the league.
Possible Fits: Chicago, LA Clippers, Minnesota, Utah
20. Carl Landry
Landry was a very effective role player for the Warriors last season, but he opted-out of his contract after the season ended. At 29 years old, Landry has played some good years in the NBA, but he has never had the opportunity to start over a full season. Over his career, Landry's averages per 36 minutes are 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, and he will likely be looking for a job where he can finally play more than the 23.2 minutes per game he got last. Landry seems to be undervalued on this market, and one team may get a steal with him this offseason.
Possible Fits: Golden State, Portland, Boston, LA Clippers
21. Kevin Martin
Martin played as well as he could last season, but he was not able to fill the void in Oklahoma City left by James Harden. He can no longer average 20 points per game, and aside from his stellar shooting, he does not bring much to the table. He is a one-dimensional basketball player who offers nearly nothing on the defensive end. At 30 years old, Martin can still contribute as a shooter to a good NBA team, but not much else.
Possible Fits: Oklahoma City, Indiana, Dallas, Portland
22. Manu Ginobili
Yes, Manu is a free agent, and that does mean he is free to talk with other teams. However, after playing his entire career in San Antonio, one can only imagine that he would want to return to the Spurs and presumably finish out his career there, especially after making it all the way to the NBA Finals this past season. Even though there is no denying the fact that Ginobili's role is diminishing in San Antonio, finding another place where he could play an even larger role and still compete for a championship would be very hard to find.
Possible Fits: San Antonio
23. Mo Williams
At 30 years of age, Williams is no longer the player he once was. Ideally, the best situation for Williams would be on a contending team where he would play significant minutes off the bench, similar to Jarrett Jack in Golden State this past season. Williams, however, has reportedly informed the Jazz that he will not return unless he is the starting point guard next season. With the Jazz drafting Trey Burke, it is likely Williams will have to look elsewhere for a starting job. I just cannot see Mo Williams as the starting point guard for a contending team, and in league with such an abundance of point guards, finding a starting job anywhere may be tough.
Possible Fits: Atlanta, Utah, Boston, Chicago, Sacramento
24. Darren Collison
Averaging 12.0 points and 5.1 assists per game this past season for Dallas, Collison is nothing special. Still, at just 25 years old, he is a respectable player in the NBA, and could serve as a quality backup point guard for many teams. This will likely be the job he lands, as there are just not too many teams who will turn to him to be their starter.
Possible Fits: Dallas, Indiana, New Orleans, Atlanta
25. Al-Farouq Aminu
Aminu is an interesting player who is still early in his basketball career. Starting 71 games for the Hornets last season, the 6'9" forward averaged 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He is just 22 years old and one would assume that he has plenty more room for growth in his game. Still, at a mere 215 pounds to go along with an awful jump shot, he has been labeled a 'tweener' in today's game. Furthermore, he has a poor feel for the game and is a turnover machine. In spite of all this, Aminu is a freakishly good athlete who truly could develop into one of the best defenders in the NBA, which could make him a huge, low-risk steal in free agency.
Possible Fits: New Orleans, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Phoenix