By HoopsHype | November 16, 2015
25. Luol Deng (Miami Heat). His best basketball days are probably behind him, but still a safe choice at the small forward spot.
24. Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets). Needs to bounce back following a rough season in Portland. Must get his confidence back.
23. Timofey Mozgov (Cleveland Cavaliers). A space-eater that has been a fantastic fit in Cleveland. A bargain for the Cavs this season. Keeping him will not come cheap.
22. Brandon Jennings (Detroit Pistons). Was playing the most efficient basketball of his career when he broke his left Achilles tendon. Timing to hit free agency may be a bit tough coming off injury and with Reggie Jackson now in Detroit.
21. Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets). Solid starter at the power forward position. The Rockets could have a hard time keeping him in Houston next summer.
20. Roy Hibbert (Los Angeles Lakers). At his best, a devastating defense force with the ability to do some damage offensively. We have not seen his best version lately, though.
19. Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers). His rookie season has Lakers fans salivating. Can he build on that performance his sophomore year?
18. Rajon Rando (Sacramento Kings). Signed a one-year deal in Sacramento with hopes of reviving his NBA career. Needs a big season with the Kings.
17. Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls). Couldn’t duplicate in 2014-15 his success of the 2013-14 season. He’s now coming off the bench for the Bulls in a contract year.
16. Al Jefferson (Charlotte Hornets). The low-post maestro has made eight figures for almost a decade. Look for that streak to continue.
15. Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors). Has yet to average more than 29 mpg with the Warriors. With star potential, is he OK with a secondary role in Golden State?
14. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks). Will be a 38-year-old free agent if he opts out. Based on history, he will not force the Mavericks to break the bank for him.
13. Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs). Can he prolong his career with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way in San Antonio?
12. Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks). Has the athleticism and shooting skills to be a high-quality starter in the NBA for many years to come.
11. DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors). Has been underpaid the last two seasons. Will cash in big next summer.
10. Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies). All-Star caliber point guard that has yet to make the All-Star. The player with the most games in Grizzlies history is about to get a pay raise… and deservedly so.
9. Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat). Came out of nowhere and averaged a double-double in 23.8 mpg. If he puts it together consistently, he has the chance to become one of the top centers in the game.
8. Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat). Should be an interesting situation in Miami with a declining star (but a star nonetheless) that may not be looking to take another pay cut.
7. Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls). Could be looking at his last big deal in the NBA. Has made clear he’s OK with being underpaid as long as he can get another shot at the title.
6. Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks). There’s little flash to his game, but still a high-quality big man in the Eastern Conference. Mr. Efficiency.
5. Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards). The Wizards will have to pay top dollar to keep one of the best young guards in the game in DC.
4. Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets). He may no longer be the top center in the game, but teams will be lining up for his services if he opts out of his contract with the Rockets.
3. Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons). Always had the tools to become a dominant big man in the NBA. He’s starting to live up to that potential.
2. LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers). Nobody can picture LeBron James leaving Cleveland again. Look for him to sign a humongous deal with the Cavs.
1. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder). Hits free agency for the first time in his prime. Outstanding scorer who can make a contender out of most teams. His departure would devastate Oklahoma City.
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