NBA Roundtable

Top Free Agents: Guards

In Free Agency on July 2, 2012 at 11:35 pm

List is mostly of point guards plus some combo guards who can play the point.

Top Ten Unrestricted Guards

#1 – Deron Williams staying with the Nets

A top four PG in the league. Arguably the best PG in the game.

Certainly the most well-rounded point guard in the league. He is slightly above average to very strong at every single skill you want a PG to have.

#2 – Steve Nash signed with the Lakers

Still a top five or six PG. Arguably the finest offensive PG in the league.

A terrific shooter and solid scorer and one of the best playmaking PGs in the league. A dodgy defender/rebounder.

#3 – Chauncey Billups – re-signed with the Clippers

Billups is coming off an incredibly difficult injury with a torn achilles. I might have him too high here.

If he was able to make a full recovery, I think Billups is capable of being a borderline top ten PG in the league.

#4 – Goran Dragic – joining the Phoenix Suns

A high level backup PG to quality starter. One of the younger players on this list at 25 and will likely be the top PG candidate (outside of Deron Williams) for every team looking for a long term fixture at PG.

#5 – Jason Kidd – moving to the Knicks

An excellent floor general and above average passer. A high level rebounder and ball thief. Excellent possession creator. A multi-position defender who plays above average defense at the two and three. A very good team defender at PG but can struggle against quick PGs. A solid outside shooter and low level scorer.

#6 – Jason Terry – signed with the Celtics

A high level combo guard who can be a sixth man of the year candidate or solid starting PG on a team that gives limited responsibility to their PG.

I’d love to see Terry go to the Los Angeles Lakers or Miami Heat and take over the starting PG spot at one of those teams.

An excellent jump-shooter and very good scorer. A decent defender at PG but an outright liability at SG. A serviceable ball-handler and passer at PG and above average at SG.

#7 – Andre Miller – re-upped with Denver

The best backup PG in the league last season. An above average passer and floor general. A quality rebounder. Decent defender. A good scorer in the fourth option variety. Can create for himself and for others.

#8 – Delonte West – re-signed with Dallas

A high level backup combo guard to serviceable starting guard.

Very comfortable without the ball in his hands. A very good jump-shooter and solid slasher who can provide very good complementary scoring as a fourth or fifth option. A solid defender/rebounder at both guard spots. A limited passer. Decent ball-handler.

#9 – Lou Williams – signed with Atlanta

One of the best sixth men in the league last season and probably the second best reserve PG in the league behind Andre Miller.

A very good scorer and one of the best shot-creators in the league under $10 million (excluding rookie contracts). A serviceable defender/rebounder. A limited floor general and passer which is why it’s best he remains in his backup PG role.

#10 – Leandro Barbosa – unsigned

Barbosa has played a lot of time as a backup SG over the years but he is most effective when he splits his time between the two. Easier to get him additional playing time without having to sacrifice your defensive integrity.

Still a capable scorer/shooter off the bench.

#11 – Ramon Sessions — joined the Charlotte Bobcats

More of a true PG than the last few names on the list.

A genuine playmaker but needs a good amount of time on the ball which doesn’t make him ideal as a starter for most high end teams because they would rather have the ball in their stars hands. A dodgy jump-shooter which limits him off-the-ball.

Very good in the pick and roll. A solid scorer. An above average passer and playmaker. Good in transition. Good finisher around the basket. An average defender and plus rebounder.

Honourable Mentions: Jamal Crawford, Jameer Nelson, CJ Watson, Raymond Felton, Kirk Hinrich.

Top Five Restricted Free Agent Guards

#1 – Jeremy Lin – signed an offer sheet with Houston

A work in progress but showed tantalizing potential as a pick and roll orientated guard. Very good scorer and capable passer.

#2 – George Hill – returning to Indiana

An elite reserve combo guard who can play hard-nosed defense and is a lights out-shooter and solid scorer. A serviceable starter. Limited playmaker and floor general.

#3 – OJ Mayo — signed with Dallas

Another combo guard. A solid defender/rebounder at PG but an outright liability at SG. A capable scorer who can be relied upon for 16-18ppg as a starter on solid scoring efficiency. A limited passer and floor general. Has shown mixed play as a scorer off the bench.

#4 – Aaron Brooks — signed with Sacramento

Brooks is a ball-dominant score first point guard who can points on the board in bunches. However, he has little else to offer.

#5 – DJ Augustin — Bobcats withdrew their qualifying offer. Augustin signed with Pacers.

A very strong shooter and solid complementary scorer. A serviceable floor general but limited playmaker. A weak defender and rebounder.

A middle of the pack backup PG.

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