The NBA free agency frenzy did not disappoint in its early stages. There has been a flurry of trades and free agent signings that have completely changed the landscape of the NBA going into next season.
With big names like Montrezl Harrell, Gordon Hayward and Danilo Gallinari changing teams, things are going to look quite different next season.
Even though there have been numerous transactions, there are still so many good free agents available through day two.
Here are the top 10 remaining free agents:
Nerlens Noel, Allonzo Trier, Marvin Williams, Thon Maker, Jeff Teague
10. Wayne Ellington, SG/SF
Wayne Ellington is one of the best sharpshooters remaining in free agency and would be an excellent asset for teams looking to add shooting to their team.
Although he’s coming off of a down year with the New York Knicks last season, Ellington is still a 38 percent career 3-point shooter who can stretch the defense and create numerous offensive opportunities.
Potential Destinations: Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves
9. Andre Roberson, SG/SF
Roberson isn’t the best free agent when you look at his stats, but his impact on the floor goes far beyond the box score.
He is one of the leagues most elite wing defenders and could be very helpful as a role player for teams looking to lock down opposing wings.
After missing almost all of last season with a ruptured patellar tendon, Roberson is looking for his next chance.
Potential Destinations: Raptors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets
8. Aron Baynes, C
Baynes is a 7-footer who can space the floor with his shooting, dominate the glass, and play in the pick and roll. He had a breakout season with the Suns last season, averaging a career-high 11.5 points, and 5.6 rebounds in only 22 minutes. He also shot 48 percent from the field and over 35 percent from three!
Baynes’ offensive growth with extended minutes shows that he can be an impactful offensive player. He excels in the backup center role and can be a really useful piece.
Potential Destinations: Raptors, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns
7. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG
Although he receives so much fan criticism for being a non-factor on the court, KCP really showed his worth in the playoffs. He was one of the more consistent players for the Los Angeles Lakers in the postseason, averaging 10.8 points per game, shooting 38 percent from three.
KCP is a solid 3-and-D player who can stretch the defense and defend opposing guards. In the role of being a strict catch and shoot player, KCP has potential to be a really nice piece for a winning team.
Potential Destinations: Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors
6. DeMarcus Cousins, C
Cousins is coming off back to back seasons where he has made virtually no impact. He has been plagued by injuries and will most likely need to be put on a minutes restriction even this season.
Regardless, when Boogie is on the floor he makes sure that his presence is felt. The thirty year old Center was one time an All-NBA caliber player and is a career 21-and-10 player.
Considering his injury history, Cousins will most likely be one of the more affordable free agent options for whatever team wants to take a chance on him.
Potential Destinations: Warriors, Celtics, Bucks
5. Hassan Whiteside, C
Whiteside is one of the few remaining traditional bigs left in the NBA, but that does not mean he cannot provide value.
Last season in Portland, Whiteside averaged 15.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.9 blocks per game! Although his stats are respectable, Whiteside’s immobility and style of play is quickly losing its value in the NBA.
Regardless, Whiteside’s rim protection and rebounding alone should be enough to land a considerable contract in free agency.
Potential Destinations: Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder
4. Tristan Thompson, PF/C
Thompson is a gritty, physical, rebounding forward who can provide a team with excellent interior defense and rebounding. Thompson has one of the highest motors among big’s in the NBA and is also a beast in transition.
Considering the direction that the NBA is heading in, Thompson is definitely going to be a hot commodity in free agency. Last season, Thompson averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game last season with the Cavaliers.
Potential Destinations: Raptors, Lakers, Dallas Mavericks
3. Serge Ibaka, PF/C
The big man from Congo is one of the best two-way bigs in the NBA. Year after year he proves his worth in the NBA. Even at age 31, Ibaka still possesses the athleticism to be a defensive presence.
Ibaka’s outside shooting has also improved tremendously since his rookie year and he now poses as one of the more polished bigs in the league.
Ibaka’s playoff experience and two-way play makes him one of the most desirable free agents in the NBA.
Potential Destinations: Raptors, Nets, Los Angeles Clippers
2. Brandon Ingram, SF/PF
Last season Ingram emerged onto the NBA scene as a dominant wing player, earning the most improved player award, and playing in his first ever all star game.
Ingram is only 23 years old and he is already one of the biggest matchup nightmares in the NBA.
Last season Ingram averaged 23.8 points and 6.8 rebounds shooting almost 40 percent from deep. At 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Ingram’s length makes him versatile on both ends and nearly impossible to guard.
Ingram is a restricted free agent and it’s unlikely that the New Orleans Pelicans will let him walk.
Potential Destinations: Pelicans, Utah Jazz, Sixers
1. Anthony Davis, PF/C
Davis was debatably the best player on a championship team in 2020, and cemented himself as a top five player in the NBA.
Davis brings elite defense and unstoppable offense from the power forward and center positions. He possesses virtually every quality that you want in your big. He’s mobile, he plays on both ends, he can shoot it, he’s athletic, and he has excellent touch inside.
I cannot see Davis leaving the Lakers after his championship run.
Potential Destinations: Lakers, Bucks, Houston Rockets