The first day of the NBA Free Agent Frenzy is in the books, and it’s almost a month since the league’s free agents began showing up on national television and in the public eye, all vying for the attention of teams across the league.
So where are our top five free agents?
No matter who lands on the roster, there are certainly some players — most notably DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Tyreke Evans and Hassan Whiteside — who will likely land with one of the top teams in the league, either due to the presence of veteran teammates or just for the opportunity to play under a new coach.
As this free agency process goes on, we’ll be revisiting rankings for all of the new faces, looking to compile the finest free agent crop that is expected to take control of any franchise by the All-Star break. But there’s no doubt that there is a class of young players and veteran talent already in place that will continue to have plenty of interest until July 1, when the free agency calendar officially re-starts.
We’ve updated our rankings after the initial week of free agency concluded and have been in dialogue with several team executives with knowledge of the situation. Here are our top five free agents:
#15 — Kyle Lowry
Lowry is still coming off a season that saw him average 17.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting a career-high 39-percent from 3-point range. He also shot 55.6 percent from the floor, which is one of the better marks in the NBA. He’s a perfect fit with the Toronto Raptors, who have arguably the deepest roster in the Eastern Conference and are set to begin their season with one of the league’s best players. In many ways, the Raptors will already be one of the better teams in the league by season’s end.
#14 — Chris Bosh
He’s coming off a season — one in which he averaged 11.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game — that also saw him win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award and finish third in the Most Improved Player Award with the Miami Heat. The forward is looking to be the focal point of the Heat in his second NBA season, which will involve the bulk of its rotation being comprised of players he’s played with throughout his career. The Miami Heat remain in position to make a deep playoff run next year, and Bosh is one of