The off-season is well underway. Some teams are dipping into the bargain bin this free agency, while others are making power moves large costs. There are many avenues and paths for any franchise to go down. These signings may not be league defining like Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn or Jimmy Butler to Miami.
Here is some analysis into the most underrated deals so far this free agency.
6. Enes Kanter – Boston Celtics
The Celtics may have pulled off a heist by getting this good of a big man for 5 mil a year. The deal is 2 years at 10 Million. Kanter is a double-double machine for their bench or they can choose to start him. Kanter might be their low budget Al Horford. The 27-year-old big man has room to grow defensively, but in the playoffs, he showed the capability of being able to put it together on that end.
Kanter with Kemba in the pick n roll could be deadly if they develop chemistry. The Celtics finally get the coveted rebounder they’ve searched for a long time to find. At a bargain of a price, Kanter plays with so much heart and passion for any team he suits up for.
5. Bojan Bogdanovic – Utah Jazz
The Jazz is quietly becoming dark horse contenders in the West. Add Bogdanovic as the efficient scorer to their present core of Conley, Mitchell, Ingles, Gobert, O’Neale, and Exum. This team is coming together really nicely. At 4 years for 73 million, Bogdanovic went for right around his market value considering similar players like Harrison Barnes, Malcolm Brogdon, Tobias Harris, and Khris Middleton went for more moolah.
Bogdanovic is a great 3rd option behind Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley. No more will Mitchell have to carry the Jazz offensively. The help is coming.
4. Terry Rozier – Charlotte Hornets
Scary Terry is the guy in Charlotte now. The rising back up guard turned starter is expected to do a bulk of the load for a very young Hornets team. Terry Rozier is battle tested as I believe some people blinked and forgot just how good Rozier was in the 2018 playoffs for the Celtics. As a starter, Rozier has the speed to get by anyone.
The guard actually patterns his game after Michael Jordan. The first few times he started for the Celtics, Rozier did rack up some triple-doubles and w’s. Maybe, Charlotte will be ok.
3. Ricky Rubio – Phoenix Suns
The Suns finally got a backcourt running mate for Devin Booker. 3 years at $51 Million is fair for a savvy past first point and plus defender with a developing jumper. Rubio should take the weight off of Booker’s need to be a playmaker too. The Spanish guard should make the young guns like Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, and Deandre Ayton much better.
2. Julius Randle – New York Knicks
Julius Randle may have been in the C tier of free agents, but the forward is coming off a marvelous campaign with the Pelicans. Randle has an amazing IQ at 24 years old. The potential for growth defensively is needed and I believe he is capable of meeting any benchmarks set before him. Most young guys typically struggle defensively.
Guys like Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, Reggie Jackson, Enes Kanter, and Devin Booker still have room for growth defensively too. Are those guys bad players? I do not think so.
1. Al Horford – Philadelphia Sixers
Al Horford falls into the camp of players that may be overpaid, but definitely not overrated. Other players like Horford include Paul Millsap, Marc Gasol, and Brook Lopez. These guys do the little things. Set screens, make plays, lead by example, anchor a defense, alter shots, and shoot with range. Horford now guys to play one of his rivals in Joel Embiid.
The Sixers got the Embiid stopper on their side now. This move weakens Boston and adds a significant piece to their rival in Philly. Trust the process and maybe the best frontcourt in basketball with Simmons, Horford, and Embiid. Simmons is a point forward.