2017 NBA Free Agency Rankings

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

imagesTop-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

images (1)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

downloadUtah 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

images (2)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

images (3)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

images (4)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

download (1)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

images (5)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

images (6)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

images (7)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

 

 

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