The NBA season has come to an end. We have all got through a difficult season with plenty of distractions, and we crowned an NBA Champion in the Los Angeles Lakers. Looking towards next season, teams are looking to add quality players in the free-agent market to make big moves towards competing in the playoffs. In fact, there is quite a large list of free agents that can be impactful immediately.
By narrowing down the top 15, it is time to power rank the best available free agents in the market. Players such as DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Gordon Hayward, and Mike Conley among others will likely accept their player options and therefore not be available free agents.
Anthony Davis will probably opt out and sign a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
As a result, here are the top 15 free agents in the NBA.
15. Dwight Howard
2019-2020 Statistics: 7.5 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.1 BPG
What a way to start the list with forgotten big man Dwight Howard. The man was a superstar with Orlando back in the day and had frustrating stops with the Lakers and Rockets before basically falling out of the league. He bounced back this season with the Lakers, making up for whatever amends he needed to make for Lakers Nation after his stint some years ago. Dwight was simply sensational in his role as a backup center or even as a starter, and he has earned himself a contract in the NBA.
Expect the Lakers to bring him back because he has shown he still has the natural defensive instincts and size that helps the team on both ends. If outbid, the Golden State Warriors are in the running for the former franchise center as they look to make big moves to bolster the return of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
14. Paul Millsap
2019-2020 Statistics: 11.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Paul Millsap is no longer the All-Star forward he was for the Atlanta Hawks, but he still brings experience and veteran leadership to go along with rebounding and defense. Millsap is a crafty scorer who can shoot from deep when needed, and also defend the perimeter at times. He is an intelligent player who can play both in small ball or generic lineups.
Millsap can still be trusted to play 20-25 MPG every game, although he can push up to 30 MPG when needed. His injuries are a concern, so he probably will get a mid-level contract or veteran’s minimum if there are no offers.
13. Marc Gasol
2019-2020 Statistics: 7.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Marc Gasol should not be judged by his low numbers. Gasol has passed the phase of putting up All-Star numbers and being one of the best centers in the NBA. He is older, slower, and offers key attributes that do not appear on the stat sheet. What Gasol brings is a championship level mindset and experience that cannot be taught. He earned it with his play with Toronto and is one of the smartest players in the NBA.
Gasol can pass very well, shoot the three, defend the paint, and play exceptional defense for any team wanting to compete for a title. A team like Houston comes to mind although Toronto would like to keep him for veteran’s minimum or mid-level contract.
12. Carmelo Anthony
2019-2020 Statistics: 15.4 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Carmelo Anthony has continued who he has always been. A scorer who loves his shots and can be trusted to come through in the clutch. The only difference was that a team finally gave him a chance this year, as the Portland Trail Blazers may have earned Melo a nice contract this offseason.
Melo has been exiled for a long time but bounced back with a new role as the 3rd option on the team. With Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum carrying the load, Melo had room to be effective on offense and even showed he can spot up for shots when needed. Anthony has played his way back into the league and might find another job next season if Portland don’t bring him back.
11. Christian Wood
2019-2020 Statistics: 13.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Christian Wood might be in the top-5 in this list in terms of his potential. He is developing into not only a starter in the league but quite possibly an All-Star if he continues his improvement. Wood can score the ball very well, inside or from the three. He has shown he can be explosive and he is often quicker than many of the bigs in the league. Wood’s arrival in Detroit this season may have played a factor in shipping Andre Drummond out, who earns All-Star votes every year.
Wood will be chased by a lot of teams this offseason, but he will most likely receive a nice offer from Detroit in which he might not be able to refuse. Especially if Wood continues his improvement as a player, his value will only keep growing.
10. Goran Dragic
2019-2020 Statistics: 16.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG 5.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Goran Dragic played like an All-Star this season. Especially in the postseason, he might have been the most impactful offensive player. He is very clever with his playmaking, and he is a very capable scorer at the rim or from three. Dragic has always been an above-average player, but this season he proves he can still do it at a high level. Even as he ages, he brings veteran leadership and excellent skills to any team.
The only problem with Dragic is his injury history and age because he might not always recover from injuries as we saw in this year’s Finals. It will be strange if Miami doesn’t try to re-sign him because he has a lot left in the tank if he can keep healthy.
9. Joe Harris
2019-2020 Statistics: 14.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Brooklyn’s sharpshooter this season was impressive as he shot 41.2% from three. Harris also played a role in Team USA in the Fiba World Cup, so he has the shooting ability to be an impact player on any team. Harris is not a one-trick pony because he can also finish at the rim and is a decent passer. Harris can do more than stand at the three and can be a nice player to come in for some offense.
Joe Harris should receive offers from Brooklyn because Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will attract a ton of attention on defense next season, leaving spaces for Harris to shoot or cut with ease. Teams will be in the running for Harris so he will most likely go for the offer that pays him the most money.
8. Davis Bertans
2019-2020 Statistics: 15.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Davis Bertans is one of the best shooting big men in the NBA. Playing as a power forward, he shot 42.4% from three which is exceptional for any big man. Bertans has been developing ever since his San Antonio days, and he had his best season this year with the Washington Wizards. Bertans has played his way into a contract year, meaning he is due for his largest payday. Washington would hate to lose him, however, but they may be outbid.
Bertans provides the single thing most important in today’s game which is floor spacing and shooting from deep. Davis Bertans is not a defensive impact player, but he brings enough of an impact from three to warrant heavy attention this offseason.
7. Bogdan Bogdanovic
2019-2020 Statistics: 15.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Bogdan Bogdanovic is a player on the radar of some of the top teams in the NBA. He was expected to have a breakout year this season, although some injuries limited that. Bogdanovic still put up 15.1 PPG this season on 36.3% shooting from three. Bogdan has a natural stroke from deep, so teams will continue monitoring him. The Los Angeles Lakers were high on him a ton this season and that might continue this offseason.
Bogdanovic is probably disappointed to not put forth more of a breakout year, but he still showed enough of his shooting and offense to warrant a long term contract with money he can certainly be content with. Expect the King to think closely about retaining him with a big contract.
6. Hassan Whiteside
2019-2020 Statistics: 15.5 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.4 SPG, 2.9 BPG
Hassan Whiteside’s numbers jump out of the page as a center. In fact, he should retain a top-2 spot with those kinds of numbers. Unfortunately, his desire and energy tend to waver at times and he always seems to put up numbers in his contract year. He is often frustrating with his lack of passing ability and even gets lazy on defense when he is not blocking shots.
Still, Whiteside is one of the hottest free agent prospects in the NBA who can rebound at a very big level. Whiteside deserves a big contract with the type of numbers he posted, and he will get it as long as teams understand he won’t be the type of star player his numbers suggest.
5. Danilo Gallinari
2019-2020 Statistics: 18.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Danilo Gallinari is a shot-maker who adds immediate offense to any team in the NBA. Danilo probably won’t ever make an All-Star team but his value lies in his shooting as he is tall enough to get off his shots with ease. Gallo had another strong season by posting 18.7 PPG and he is expected to continue his scoring ability for at least a few more reasons. There isn’t a reason why he shouldn’t. Expect for injuries.
Gallinari is one of the most injury-prone players on this list which means giving him a big contract is very risky. The OKC Thunder are in rebuild mode and will not be keen on giving Gallinari the money he wants. Still, teams will be willing to add his 18.7 PPG average to the squad as a starter at either the small forward or power forward position.
4. Serge Ibaka
2019-2020 Statistics: 15.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.8 BPG
Serge Ibaka is one of the best 2-way centers in the NBA. Originally starting his career as a power forward, Ibaka has blossomed as a center in today’s NBA. His shooting spaces the floor very well and he is athletic enough to get past opposing centers. Ibaka is also a great defender on the other end, blocking shots or defending the rim at an above-average level.
Ibaka had a great season with his 15.4 PPG and 8.2 RPG average, which means Toronto will want to hold onto him for dear life. The Raptors can’t lose both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in the off-season, especially after having a strong regular season. Ibaka is the more valuable price of the two, and he will probably be re-signed although there won’t be a lack of suitors.
3. Fred VanVleet
2019-2020 Statistics: 17.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Fred VanVleet was a critical part of the Toronto Raptors NBA championship run last year and he has built on that this season. VanVleet is having a career year across the board and is really the second-best player on the team behind Pascal Siakam. As a result, he will generate interest from across the league although the Raptors are expected to bring him back on a hefty contract. After all, why would he leave?
VanVleet brings excellent play on both ends of the floor and already has playoff experience. He is battle-tested and has leadership qualities about him, making him a perfect fit for the Raptors. It will be interesting to see how the offseason pans out for the two-way guard.
2. Montrezl Harrell
2019-2020 Statistics: 18.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.1 BPG
6th Man of the Year winner Montrezl Harrell was a beast this season. He played with such vigor and force that he snatched the award away from fellow teammate and 6th Man extraordinaire Lou Williams. Harrell plays old school around the rim, using strength and athleticism to get buckets. He is also active on defense although slightly undersized and plays hard every night.
It’s a shame the Clippers could not capitalize on his excellent season as they choked in the Playoffs. Still, Harrell is in for some major money this offseason either from the Clippers or somewhere else. Harrell will surely be looking for max money somewhere and as a result, we might not see him in a Clippers jersey next year.
1. Brandon Ingram
2019-2020 Statistics: 23.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.6 BPG
At the top of the list is budding superstar Brandon Ingram. Now, Ingram is a restricted Free Agent meaning that the Pelicans have a lot of upper hand in negotiations with the player. As a result, the team is very likely to outbid or match any offer Ingram gets to retain him. After all, Ingram finally showed his value as a star in this league with New Orleans. With career highs across the board, Ingram was a very impactful player for New Orleans.
His duo with fellow young star Zion Williamson is very promising and New Orleans will likely offer max money to keep him with the franchise. But knowing today’s NBA, you simply never know what could happen. No matter where Ingram goes, be sure he will be taking another step up in his play and will be making max money next year.