The NBA season is nearly over with the Championship finale rapidly approaching. That doesn’t mean that the news stops flowing though because quickly attention will turn to the player merry go round; one element of that will be those available for nothing.
Here we look at the best NBA free agents this summer.
Number 5. Mike Conley
The first name on our list of the best NBA free agents this summer is Jazz man Mike Conley. He might have been unable to impact the playoffs as he would have wanted due to his hamstring injury but, when he’s on the court, he’s a top player. Conley is a good leader and will be a fantastic addition for any team in need of a point guard.
Conley shoots the ball well from behind the arc – as proven by his 41% conversion – and with 6.0 assists per game this season, his playmaking ability is decent too. Will Conley head to a top seed? No, probably not.
A team that needs an extra boost to be in contention could do a lot worse though – especially, if they have a younger star where they’d like to ease the pressure.
Number 4. Kyle Lowry
It’s been well documented that there were teams desperate to get their hands on the veteran that is Kyle Lowry during this past season. As the trade deadline approached, rumours started to fly with several teams reportedly making offers for the Raptors point guard but with nobody able to finalise a deal.
That meant he had to see out his final year in Toronto; with Lowry not becoming a free agent, you can expect the transfer to spike again. The last year has seen the 35-year-old suffer a few niggles but game averages of 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists shows he has plenty to offer.
Number 3. DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan isn’t nearly as valuable as he was when he was with the Toronto Raptors a few years ago but the now Spurs man definitely remains a great asset to reach out for – particularly as a free agent.
DeRozan has areas of his game to work on for sure – his three point shooting for one thing – but his all round game is pretty strong with averages of 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career high 6.9 assists proof of what he can do. Anyone who moves for DeRozan will be getting a player that can immediately come in and improve the starting roster.
Number 2. Chris Paul
Okay, it’s highly likely that Chris Paul never sees a day on the open market. He is, however, still a free agent. He currently has a player option with the Phoenix Suns and has already expressed interest in returning on another contract.
Without a doubt, Paul is one of the best floor generals in the league right now; that is noticeable by every team improving when he first arrives there. Paul has taken the Suns from being a lottery team to a group that is now touching distance from the NBA Finals.
His leadership and consistency on the court have been huge factors in their success this season.
Number 1. Kawhi Leonard
The last name on our list of the best NBA free agents this summer is Kawhi Leonard. Had Leonard not been forced to sit out of around 20 games for load management he would have been well and truly in contention of the MVP award, which was actually won by Nikola Jokic.
Still, he has proven in the playoffs time and time again that he is one of the best two-way players ever. The spark that he brings on both ends of the floor is rarely ever matched in todays league and when he becomes a free agent there will be lots of takers.
There you have it, the best NBA free agents this summer. If you want to find out some more interesting facts about NBA check out TwinSpires article about the youngest players in the history of the competition: edge.twinspires.com/nba/the-youngest-players-in-nba-history/