2017 NBA Free Agency has plenty of big name potential. But, also comes with its share of uncertainty.
The top players of the 2017 free agent class will be unrestricted, and that could make the month of July both exciting and tenuous for many NBA franchises. There are big names in their prime, most of whom will likely stay put. There are big names with plenty of miles…those who may be best served from a change of scenery…and those who are ready to break out.
Here are our rankings for 2017 NBA Free Agency.
1. Kevin Durant, PF, Golden State Warriors
Player Option | 25.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.9 apg
Top-3 player in the league and one of the best scorers in NBA history. Looking for his first career title after joining Golden State before this season. Whether he gets it or not, he’s likely staying put.
2. Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
Unrestricted | 25.3 ppg, 6.6 apg
The two-time MVP is ready to cash in. It’s hard to fathom any situation where the Dubs allow one of the best shooters in creation to walk. Steph stays in place unless something majorly unforeseen harkens.
3. Gordon Hayward, SF, Utah Jazz
Player Option | 21.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 apg
Utah would love to keep him around. But, Hayward is one of the big names most likely to move this summer. We know Boston could use another scoring option, and Hayward played for Celtic’s coach Brad Stephens in college.
4. Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers
Player Option | 21.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.9 apg
One of the more exciting players in league history, Griffin has added to his offensive arsenal every year. However, injuries, attitude concerns and defensive shortcomings should give teams pause. Griffin would make sense in OKC if he opts out.
5. Chris Paul, PG, Los Angeles Clippers
Player Option | 18.1 ppg, 9.2 apg, 5.0 rpg
The best pure point guard in the NBA, Paul can opt out and move on if he feels the Clips have maxed out on potential. Plenty of teams could use Paul’s abilities. But who’d be willing to pay the price for an aging star?
6. Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
Unrestricted | 22.4 ppg, 7.0 apg, 4.8 rpg
Lowry has become an elite lead guard who gets it done in multiple facets. After paying DeMar DeRozan, will Toronto pony up to keep the do together? Lowry is 31, but is fairly injury free…especially in comparison to Paul.
7. Paul Millsap, PF, Atlanta Hawks
Player Option | 18.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.7 apg
Millsap may not be a lead scorer, but he’s one of the best do-it-all forward in the game. He’s 32 with a physical style of play, so he could start wearing down soon.
8. Danilo Gallinari, SF, Denver Nuggets
Player Option | 18.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
A 6-10 forward who can stroke it from deep? Gallinari will be a hot commodity this summer. Someone is going to fork over big money, and probably overpay in the process.
9. Jrue Holiday, PG, New Orleans Pelicans
Unrestricted | 15.4 ppg, 7.3 apg, 3.9 rpg
It’s a point guard driven league, and while Holiday may not be a star, he’s a guy you can win with. At times, he gets by on athleticism, but his game is perpetually rounding out.
10. Dwyane Wade, SG, Chicago Bulls
Player Option | 18.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.8 apg
Wade is obviously no longer a spring chicken. However, “Father Prime” can still get it done. He’s a savvy offensive player with rapidly declining defensive capabilities.
11. Pau Gasol, PF/C, San Antonio Spurs
Player Option | 12.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg
Gasol would be best-served by staying in San Antonio, even though he has to compromise his offensive game a bit. But that’s par for the course as a Spur.
12. Serge Ibaka, PF, Toronto Raptors
Unrestricted | 14.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Ibaka never became the centerpiece many thought he would blossom into when younger. But, he’s still a solid piece. If he can remain focused on defense and find his way to the paint more consistently.
13. Greg Monroe, C, Milwaukee Bucks
Player Option | 11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Monroe is an offensive stud and that’s about it. Will he stay motivated? Defense, rebounding and rim-protection are all far down on his list of strengths.
14. Otto Porter, SF, Washington Wizards
Restricted | 13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Porter has become one of the league’s more underappreciated players. He led the league in 3-point percentage and is a top-shelf defender. Washington would be wise to keep Porter around.
15. George Hill, PG, Utah Jazz
Unrestricted | 16.9 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.4 rpg
At this stage of his career, the 31-year-old Hill is likely a stop-gap option as a starting point guard. But, he can score and is efficient leading an offense.
16. Jeff Teague, PG, Indiana Pacers
Unrestricted | 15.3 ppg, 7.8 apg, 4.0 rpg
Teague is talented, but highly inconsistent. He’s down the ability to be a guy a tan can win with if he’s surrounded by talent. Could be a solid final piece.
17. Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Dallas Mavericks
Team Option | 14.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg
Dirk would be higher on this list if it weren’t for his age and the fact that he’s probably not going anywhere.
18. J.J. Reddick, SG, Los Angeles Clippers
Unrestricted | 15.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Reddick is a dead-eye shooter and an underrated defender. Had a bit of a down 2016-17, but is still a valuable asset.
19. Nerlens Noel, C, Dallas Mavericks
Restricted | 8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Highly athletic with tons of upside. A bit limited offensively, but developing. However, he’s a prime rim-protector. Dallas likely keeps him around.
20. Rajon Rondo, PG, Chicago Bulls
Team Option | 7.8 ppg, 6.7 apg, 5.1 rpg
Has lost a step, but is still a solid floor general. Endured an up -and-down season, which pale in the playoffs. This should help his cause.
21. Derrick Rose, PG, New York Knicks
Unrestricted | 18.0 ppg, 4.4 apg, 3.8 rpg
22. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Detroit Pistons
Restricted | 13.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
23. Andre Iguodala, SF, Golden State Warriors
Unrestricted | 7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg
24. Rudy Gay, SF, Sacramento Kings
Unrestricted | 18.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg
25. Mason Plumlee, C, Denver Nuggets
Restricted | 10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg
26. Dion Waiters, SF, Miami Heat
Player Option | 15.8 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.3 rpg
27. Patty Mills, PG, San Antonio Spurs
Unrestricted | 9.5 ppg, 3.5 apg
28. Kyle Korver, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Unrestricted | 10.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
29. Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Atlanta Hawks
Restricted | 14.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
30. Zach Randolph, PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Unrestricted | 14.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg
31. P.J. Tucker, SF, Toronto Raptors
Unrestricted | 6.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg
32. Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Atlanta Hawks
Unrestricted | 13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg
33. Andre Roberson, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Restricted | 6.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg
34. Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics
Restricted | 9.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
35. Taj Gibson, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Unrestricted | 0.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
36, James Johnson, SF/PF, Miami Heat
Unrestricted | 12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.6 apg
37. Nikola Mirotic, PF, Chicago Bulls
Restricted | 10.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg
38. Nenê, PF, Houston Rockets
Unrestricted | 9.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg
39. Shabazz Muhammad, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Restricted | 9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg
40. Jonathan Simmons, SG, San Antonio Spurs
Restricted | 6.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg