By: HoopsHype | January 15, 2016
25. Evan Turner (Boston). Unrestricted free agent. Long-range shooting is still an issue with him. If you can look past that, a pretty nice player.
24. Zaza Pachulia (Dallas). Unrestricted free agent. Frustrates opponents with his physical play and does all those little things that help teams win. A fan favorite in every city he’s played.
23. Festus Ezeli (Golden State). Restricted free agent. Not much of a weapon offensively, but makes an impact on the defensive end with a big body and great athleticism.
22. Ryan Anderson (New Orleans). Unrestricted free agent. A prototypical stretch four. Scoring a lot and making threes at a better rate this season.
21. Deron Williams (Dallas). Player option. Pressure is off for him with a more reasonable salary in Dallas. Can opt out of his deal with the Mavericks.
20. Jordan Clarkson (LA Lakers). Restricted free agent. Star potential or just a guy putting up nice numbers on a bad team?
19. Joakim Noah (Chicago). Unrestricted free agent. 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.
18. Al Jefferson (Charlotte). Unrestricted free agent. The low-post maestro has made eight figures for almost a decade. His suspension followed by an injury will hurt market value.
17. Chandler Parsons (Dallas). Player option. Has the athleticism and shooting skills to be a high-quality starter in the NBA for many years to come.
16. Rajon Rondo (Sacramento). Unrestricted free agent. Signed a one-year deal in Sacramento with hopes of reviving his NBA career. He’s doing just that, although it’s not translating into many wins.
15. Harrison Barnes (Golden State). Restricted free agent. He’s putting up nice stats and winning every night. But with star potential, is he cool with a secondary role in Golden State?
14. Tim Duncan (San Antonio). Player option. Can he prolong his career with Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way in San Antonio?
13. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas). Player option. 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. Remains a lethal scorer.
12. Mike Conley (Memphis). Unrestricted free agent. 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.
11. Hassan Whiteside (Miami). Unrestricted free agent. Obviously, his 2014-15 performance was no fluke as he’s averaging a double-double again. Will dunk and block anything around the basket. Some questions about his focus.
10. Nicolas Batum (Charlotte). Unrestricted free agent. The French swingman is playing the best basketball of his career with a big role in Charlotte. Really bounced back from his poor 2014-15 season.
9. Dwyane Wade (Miami). Unrestricted free agent. 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.
8. Pau Gasol (Chicago). Player option. 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.
7. Al Horford (Atlanta). Unrestricted free agent. There’s little flash to his game, but still a high-quality big man in the Eastern Conference. Mr. Efficiency.
6. Bradley Beal (Washington). Restricted free agent. The Wizards will have to pay top dollar to keep one of the best young guards in the game in DC.
5. DeMar DeRozan (Toronto). Player option. The three-point shot is still not falling at a good rate, but he’s playing the best basketball of his career this season. Likely to opt out and sign a max deal somewhere.
4. Dwight Howard (Houston). Player option. 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). Restricted free agent. 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). Player option. Nobody can picture LeBron James leaving Cleveland again. Look for him to sign a humongous deal with the Cavs.
1. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City). Unrestricted free agent. 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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