The NBA offseason is almost upon us. It’s a good time to take a look at the upcoming 2021 NBA free agents – we’ve ranked the top 10 NBA free agents this summer.
Jarrett Allen (Centre, Cleveland Cavaliers)
Since he was drafted in 2017, Jarrett Allen has improved year by year with his shooting and rebounds going up each season.
He has also been a consistent shot blocker as well. Allen averages around 1.5 blocked shots per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Allen in a three-team trade earlier this season.
Even though Allen is not a superstar he is still a very good centre and could do a good job for a contending team.
Victor Oladipo (Guard, Miami Heat)
Since his first all-star appearance back in the 2017-2018 season, Oladipo has shown that he is capable of being a big part of a team.
However, his biggest issue is health.
Over the past few years Oladipo has been plagued by injuries, mainly to his knees and quadriceps. Since that first all-star appearance, he has only played 78 games out of a possible 246.
The production is there but for teams looking to sign Oladipo in free agency the question will be on his health.
Dennis Schroder (Guard, Los Angeles Lakers)
The Lakers offered Dennis Schroder a four-year extension worth $84 million, which he turned down.
Schroder has been very consistent throughout his career. His shooting percentages have stayed in the high 40’s with his points per game staying between 15 and 19 when he has started.
However, in the playoffs he was very hot and cold which could be a big turn off for contending teams.
Lonzo Ball (Guard, New Orleans Pelicans)
Lonzo Ball was under a lot of pressure when he was drafted by the Lakers back in 2017 and many thought he was a bust.
However, since being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, the point guard has vastly improved his shooting with his efficiency, two point and three-point shooting all seeing an increase.
This season Ball posted career highs in points per game and all shooting percentages.
Along with his playmaking, Lonzo could make a very good complimentary piece alongside a superstar.
John Collins (Forward, Atlanta Hawks)
At 23 years old, John Collins still has room for improvement on defence.
Collins is a very good scorer. He’s able to shoot from two and three-point range making him a threat from beyond and inside the perimeter.
He has been a big part of Atlanta this season with his athleticism making him perfect for the pick and roll.
Mike Conley (Guard, Utah Jazz)
In the 2019 offseason, Mike Conley decided to leave Memphis after 12 seasons and join the Utah Jazz.
His first season in Utah saw his numbers and production decline with his points per game dropping to 14.4 from 21.1 and his field goal percentage dropping 43.8% to 40.9%.
However, in his second season in Utah he earned his first All-Star appearance along with an increase in production plus a career high in 3-point percentage at 41.2%.
Kyle Lowry (Guard, Toronto Raptors)
Kyle Lowry and the Raptors got through another season going 27-45 and missing the playoffs.
Lowry was as productive as he has ever been averaging 17.2 points on 43.6% shooting with 7.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Before the trade deadline it was rumoured that he may be traded to the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers or the Philadelphia 76ers.
DeMar DeRozan (Guard, San Antonio Spurs)
He’s still averaging just above 20 points, six assists and five rebounds on 50% field goal shooting across his three seasons with the Spurs.
DeRozan has shown he can still be productive, even though he is still shooting under 30% from three.
DeRozan has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, his hometown, but it looks like a sign and trade would have to be agreed for this to happen.
Chris Paul (Guard, Phoenix Suns)
One of the most productive players of his time, Chris Paul could hit the open market this offseason.
Paul has shown throughout his career that he can be a leader and has just made his first NBA finals as the talisman of the Phoenix Suns.
Paul being able to steal, assist and score with high efficiency makes him a very valuable player to any team he is on.
Kawhi Leonard (Forward, Los Angeles Clippers)
Kawhi Leonard’s first season in LA looked like it was going to plan until they were upset by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs.
Leonard bounced back in his second season, losing in the Western Conference Finals to the Phoenix Suns, which he did not play a game of.
He averaged 24.8 points, 5.2 assists and 6.5 rebounds on 51.2% shooting. If he does not pick up the player option, Kawhi Leonard will be the top free agent in this class.
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