With the offseason almost coming to an end, it’s safe to say that this one was quite a slow offseason, even despite the fact that we witnessed several shocking moves like DeMarcus Cousins joining the Dubs.
This year’s campaign may have a huge influence in all that happens next season and even though anything can change and we’re just still wrapping up this year’s free agency, it’s never too early to start planning ahead to next year, especially considering how stacked the 2019 free agent class is. That’s why today, we’re going to rank all 2019 free agents for you.
60. Michael Beasley - Unrestricted
Forward / Los Angeles Lakers / 12.7 points, 4.8 points, 1.3 assists
You may say whatever you want about Michael Beasley, but this guy has always been a walking bucket. He’s a coin toss, you never know what you may get out of him, but he can flat out ball when he wants to.
Beasley looks determined to prove that he still has what it takes to make it in this league and now that he’s joined by other misfits of the likes of McGee, Rondo and Stephenson, he may finally take a step forward and earn a 2-year deal.
59. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - Unrestricted
SF / Los Angeles Clippers / 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was a major addition by the Los Angeles Clippers this season, as he was coming off a very strong season with the Rockets as one of their prime stoppers at both forward spots.
Mbah a Moute’s offense is pretty much nonexistent, but still, he’s managed to develop a sweet stroke from three-point land, so he’s definitely going to lure various offers as one of the few good wing defenders.
58. Al-Farouq Aminu - Unrestricted
Forward / Portland Trail Blazers / 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1 steal
Al-Farouq Aminu is never going to be an offensive threat whatsoever, but he’s one of the best wing stoppers in the league, is deadly in passing lanes and is a nice rim protector despite being undersized.
With his ability to defend shooting guards and both forward spots, he’s definitely going to draw a lot of interest from teams interested in acquiring depth at the 3, especially if the Blazers miss the playoffs as projected.
57. CJ Miles - Player Option
SF / Toronto Raptors / 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.5 3 pointers
CJ Miles is quite a unidimensional player, but his ability to consistently knock down shots from three-point land is definitely going to get him a lot of suitors, regardless of the fact that he’s already 30 years old.
He’s entering the last year of his deal with a player option for the next one, so if the Raptors don’t manage to hold on to Kawhi Leonard and/or Danny Green, he may also be headed out the door.
56. Bobby Portis - Restricted
PF - C / Chicago Bulls / 9.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Bobby Portis is a hell of a scorer and a guy that’s never going to be out hustled in either side of the glass, but truth to be told, he’s always been a major defensive liability and hasn’t shown signs of improvement in that regard.
That being said, the Bulls are likely to let him explore his value in free agency, and wouldn’t match bids that are too high. Still, they’d like to keep him to backup Wendell Carter Jr for an extra couple of years.
55. Lance Stephenson - Unrestricted
SG / Los Angeles Lakers / 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3 assists
Coming off a very nice season with the Indiana Pacers, the team still surprisingly gave this troublemaker the boot, which led him to the Los Angeles Lakers to join his sworn enemy LeBron James.
Stephenson is a bit of a tough pill to swallow, but when locked in, he can really contribute in both sides of the hardwood, especially with his pesky defense and ability to fill the stat sheet on a nightly basis, so he may find a couple of suitors for next season.
54. Larry Nance Jr - Restricted
PF - C / Cleveland Cavaliers / 7.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals
Larry Nance Jr found himself leaving a dream by joining his old man’s team and even wearing his retired number. So far, he’s been a major factor in defense thanks to his hustle, length and hard work ethic.
He’s an athletic freak and even though he may never become an offensive factor, his effort and ability to read opposing passing lanes make him a valuable asset. Considering he’s not going to be quite expensive and the Cavs lack depth at that spot, they’re a lock to keep him.
53. Danny Green - Unrestricted
SG / Toronto Raptors / 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 3 pointers
Gregg Popovich turned Danny Green into one of the league’s best 3 & D players, so let’s see if can keep that up even despite leaving the Spurs. Streaky as his shooting is, he can get hot on the blink of an eye, and that’s something that’s going to get him paid for sure.
Also, he’s one of the best guys defending fast breaks, drawing charges and playing off-ball defense in the Association, so, even though he’s already 30 years old, he’s going to have a lot of offers on his table.
52. Taj Gibson - Unrestricted
PF / Minnesota Timberwolves / 9.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks
Taj Gibson has always found a way to play starter minutes, mostly thanks to his great defense in the post. He’s a nice rim protector, a hustler and he can even guard all the way to the perimeter with ease.
Gibson is a prime complement for Karl-Anthony Towns as he makes up for his defensive flaws, has a nice mid-range game, and never gives up on a loose ball. Also, if Thibodeau leaves the Timberwolves, he may also walk away.
51. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Team Option
SF / Charlotte Hornets / 9.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was supposed to take the league for assault and become one of the most dominant two-way forwards in the league, but up to this date, he’s been one of the biggest busts of the decade.
He’s got the skill set to become a lockdown defender, but he’s been inconsistent at best, not to mention his proneness to get hurt. With the Hornets looking at a rebuild, they may decline their team option on MKG.
50. Patrick Beverley - Unrestricted
PG / Los Angeles Clippers / 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists
Patrick Beverley was coming off a career year before suffering a season-ending injury, something that really hurt the Clippers as they really missed his suffocating backcourt defense for most of the year.
Beverley is a fierce dog every coach would love to have on their ranks, so, if the Clippers lean towards handing the keys of the car to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, he won’t be without a team for much time.
49. Bojan Bogdanovic - Unrestricted
SG - SF / Indiana Pacers / 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 3 pointers
Ever since making it to the league, Bojan Bogdanovic has been a prime example of hard work and quietly improving in both sides of the glass, especially in defense, where he’s been vastly underrated.
Bogdanovic is a great shooter from all three levels, coming off a year with shooting splits of 47 / 40 / 86, so he’s definitely going to find a lot of suitors interested in acquiring his sharpshooting services.
48. Dirk Nowitzki - Unrestricted
PF - C / Dallas Mavericks / 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Dirk Nowitzki’s ranked this low in this year’s free agency class mostly because we believe he won’t come back for an extra season. Hell, it was surprising to see him in threads for this season, to say the least.
Still, Nowitzki’s one of the greatest players to ever lace them up, and even if he manages to play for an extra year, there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s going to call it a day dressed in a Mavericks uniform.
47. Kelly Oubre Jr - Restricted
SF / Washington Wizards / 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.9 3 pointers
Kelly Oubre Jr hasn’t been able to take a step forward in his career mostly because of Otto Porter’s surge, but with Scott Brooks reportedly looking for 3 and 4 guard lineups this season, he may finally be able to prove his worth.
He’s an athletic wing that can play up to three spots and even though his defense is a work in progress, he’s really improved as a three-point shooter, so the Wizards would be wise to match any offers they get for him.
46. Thaddeus Young - Unrestricted
PF / Indiana Pacers / 13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals
Thadd Young has always been, at least to me, one of the most underrated players in the league, mostly because he’s always been wandering around and hasn’t been able to establish himself on one team
He’s a solid scorer even though he lacks the range of a modern power forward, and brings a lot of hustle on both sides of the glass. Having said that, the Pacers are going to have to go through a bidding war to keep him, for sure.
45. Brook Lopez - Unrestricted
C / Milwaukee Bucks / 17.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks
The Milwaukee Bucks landed a huge bargain in Brook Lopez, a move that surprised everybody considering he was either set to take a lot of money, or a major pay cut to play for a contender, but wind up doing either.
Still, Lopez is a very talented scoring big man that can even occasionally hit from three-point territory and swat a couple of shots a game. Barring injury, he’s going to have several suitors interested.
44. Marcus Morris - Unrestricted
Forward / Boston Celtics / 11.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals
Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart are perfect together because they’re arguably the toughest guys you’ll find on an NBA hardwood, and he provides a lot of hustle for the Celtics’ top-tier defense.
Also, he’s got a sweet scoring touch and can even consistently knock down three-pointers, not to mention the fact that he’s one of the few guys that can effectively check LeBron James in the post.
43. Markieff Morris - Unrestricted
Forward / Washington Wizards / 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Markieff Morris is a slightly better scorer than his brother Marcus, although his defense isn’t as good as Marcus’. Still, he’s a tough big man that won’t back down from anybody and that will always put his body on the line on every loose ball.
He can stretch the offense as an undersized power forward and even play as a small-ball center, but considering how much money the Wizards are likely to spend on keeping Oubre Jr, he’s a prime candidate to leave the team.
42. Spencer Dinwiddie - Unrestricted
PG / Brooklyn Nets / 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists
Don’t let that kind of numbers fool you, as Spencer Dinwiddie is quietly and slowly proving that he’s worthy of a spot in an NBA roster. Moreover, he could even start for teams of the likes of the Magic and Suns.
Dinwiddie takes great care of the ball and doesn’t make many mistakes, he’s a textbook player that may not wow you with great or risky plays, and he’d be better off on a team without D’Angelo Russell taking away his minutes.
41. Trevor Ariza - Unrestricted
SF / Phoenix Suns / 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists
Ever since entering the league, Trevor Ariza has been known for his restless work ethic and his ability to consistently knock down shots from beyond three-point territory, let alone his defensive expertise.
Ariza is the kind of player every coach would love to have on his roster and if (when) the young Phoenix Suns implode, he’s likely to walk out the door and try to get another ring with a contending team.
40. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Unrestricted
SG / Los Angeles Lakers / 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Other than his problems with law enforcement, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was quite solid for the Lakers last year, so there’s no surprise in them resigning him. Still, he’s not likely to stay put for much longer at the Staples.
Caldwell-Pope has vastly improved as a three-point shooter and is a pesky backcourt defender, but with Josh Hart quickly emerging as a younger, cheaper and better option, he’s likely to find a new team pretty soon.
39. Malcolm Brogdon - Restricted
Guard - Milwaukee Bucks / 11.3 points, 3 rebounds, 3.8 assists
Malcolm Brogdon may not be the guy with the flashiest plays or stats, but he’s one of my favorite role players in the league as a guy that can either run the point or play off the ball with great ease.
Brogdon can play and guard both guard spots and even some small forwards thanks to his wingspan, he’s becoming a very consistent three-point shooter and doesn’t make any mistakes, even if he’s not becoming a superstar, the Bucks would be wise to keep him home.
38. Enes Kanter - Unrestricted
C / New York Knicks / 11.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists
Enes Kanter has never been much of a defender. As a matter of fact, he’s always getting torched, bullied and embarrassed down low. Even so, he’s arguably the best backup big man in the league, at least offensive wise.
He’s got a sweet scoring touch from inside and the elbows, is a great offensive rebounder and it seems like he finally found his home with the Knicks. Still, hopefully, they don’t overpay him, but that’s likely going to be the case.
37. Darren Collison - Unrestricted
PG / Indiana Pacers / 12.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists
It’s crazy to think that Russell Westbrook was actually Darren Collison’s backup in college, considering that he hasn’t been able to establish himself as an elite point guard even though he’s had plenty of chance to do so.
Still, he’d be a major upgrade off the bench for a contending team if things don’t work out financially for him and the Pacers, but truth to be told, he’s looked at his best when accompanied by Victor Oladipo.
36. Rajon Rondo - Unrestricted
PG / Los Angeles Lakers / 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.5 assists
Regardless of the fact that Rondo’s prime is far behind him, he’s still, at least, a top-tier backup point guard in this league and still has a lot left on the tank, so he’s not going to be without a team for long if he decides to leave the Lakers.
Being the troublemaker he is, chemistry is always going to be a concern with Rondo. Still, his clutchness in the playoffs, top-tier defense (when he wants to) and playmaking ability make him worthy of a shot.
35. Jeff Teague - Player Option
PG / Minnesota Timberwolves / 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists
Jeff Teague has always been quite an underrated point guard, and even though he’s already turned 29 years old, he can still provide a sweet scoring touch and a nice playmaking ability, even if it’s from the bench.
If the Timberwolves struggle without Jimmy Butler and miss the playoffs once again, Teague is likely to decline his team option unless Minnesota offers him a huge deal, something that’s unlikely to happen.
34. Rudy Gay - Unrestricted
Forward / San Antonio Spurs / 17.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists
Rudy Gay draws a lot of heat because of the fact that he was never able to take a step forward as the superstar we all thought he’d be, but even though, he’s one of the best two-way forwards in the league.
He’s always been a defensive stud and a consistent scorer from all three levels. Also, he’s embraced a lesser role off the bench with the Spurs, so he’s a prime candidate to play for a contender until he finally wins a ring.
33. JJ Redick - Unrestricted
SG / Philadelphia 76ers / 12.4 points, 2 rebounds, 1.9 3 pointers
JJ Redick proved to be a tailor-made fit for the surging Philadelphia 76ers, providing a much needed three-point shooter en route to coming back to the playoffs, and he looked pretty comfortable there all year long.
Still, with Markelle Fultz coming back and him allegedly ready to fight for a starting spot at the 2, he’s not likely to embrace a substitute role and could just walk away to a contender next season if he’s not traded.
32. Tyreke Evans - Unrestricted
SG - SF / Indiana Pacers / 16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists
The Indiana Pacers landed a hell of a player in Tyreke Evans, a versatile guard / forward that can even run the point, and that’s coming off the best season of his career since his rookie season.
Even though I personally believe he’s not going to be able to sustain that kind of performances, he’s going to draw a lot of attention and get paid big time next season if the Pacers go back to the playoffs.
31. Jabari Parker - Team Option
Forward / Chicago Bulls / 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2 assists
The Chicago Bulls made a great deal with Jabari Parker this offseason. Yes, they paid him 20 million a year, but with his upside, he’s worth the risk. Worst-case-scenario, they just decline their team option and that’s it.
Still, Parker has shown to be a hard-working young man that’s determined to fulfill his potential in the NBA. He’s a solid scorer that can play and guard both forward spots, and an offensive stud that just needs to stay healthy to become a superstar.
30. Nikola Mirotic - Unrestricted
Forward / New Orleans Pelicans / 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 3 pointers
Nikola Mirotic isn’t nearly half of the player we all expected him to be at this stage of his career, but he was a major stud when he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and look motivated to prove his worth.
He’s struggled with inconsistency throughout his entire career and isn’t the most committed defender in the world, but he’s got the kind of upside to be worth a mid-tier deal with the Pelicans or any other team.
29. Nikola Vucevic - Unrestricted
C / Orlando Magic / 14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists
Nikola Vucevic is a walking double-double, a guy that can easily put points on the scoreboard and that has even added the three-point shot to his repertoire, being something of the likes of a poor man’s Brook Lopez.
Still, with the Magic set to hand most center minutes to Mo Bamba, he’s a prime trade candidate this season, so it’s going to be quite interesting to see who’s interested in landing a guy that’s likely to ask for a lot of money next year.
28. Jonas Valanciunas - Player Option
C / Toronto Raptors / 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1 block
Jonas Valanciunas is an elite pick and roll player with the kind of body to become one of the most dominant big men in the league but has lacked the character to step up when his team needs him the most.
The Raptors are in win-now mode and if things don’t work out in the post DeRozan era, they may find themselves in the need to trade their starting big man and kickstart their rebuilding process.
27. Hassan Whiteside - Player Option
C / Miami Heat / 13.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks
Now that all the buzz and hype surrounding Hassan Whiteside has finally gone away, a huge deal for his services may also be out of the table, mostly due to his attitude issues and his lack of improvement.
He’s a top-tier rim protector but he’s so full of himself and isn’t nearly half as good as he thinks he is. Other than blocks, he’s not much of a good defender, and with him wanting out of the Heat, the team is unlikely to draw much value from him.
26. Harrison Barnes - Player Option
SF / Dallas Mavericks / 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Harrison Barnes is yet another case of a player that looked like a dominant stud in college but whose development stalled when making it to the league. He lacks the character to take a step forward and is an average forward at best.
Still, he’s young and he’s not likely to be expensive for any team wanting to acquire his services. That’s, of course, if he decides to opt out of the last year of his deal with the reinforced and renewed Dallas Mavericks.
25. Ricky Rubio - Unrestricted
PG / Utah Jazz / 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.9 assists
Ricky Rubio is something of the likes of a poor man’s Rajon Rondo, but with an easy going personality. You know he’s not going to score or ever develop a jump shot, but he’s a top-notch playmaker.
He’s also an underrated defender and showed great chemistry with Donovan Mitchell. With Grayson Allen and Dante Exum leading the second unit, the Jazz better hand Rubio an extension pretty soon.
24. Eric Bledsoe - Unrestricted
PG / Milwaukee Bucks / 13.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists
Eric Bledsoe is another guy that has the talent and skill set to become a dominant two-way player but that seems to be way over himself. His overconfidence always comes back to bite him in the rear and it’s time for him to grow up to fulfill his potential.
Bledsoe is definitely worthy of a mid-risk deal due to his upside, and it looked like he developed some nice chemistry with Middleton and Giannis. Still, it will be up to him to decide whether he stays or leaves.
23. D’Angelo Russell - Restricted
PG / Brooklyn Nets / 14.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists
It’s now or never for D’Angelo Russell. D-Lo is entering a contract year and is still yet to prove that he can be the explosive scorer he was during his college stint, either because of a toxic Lakers environment, his misbehavior, or injuries.
There’s no more room for excuses now. This guy is one of the most talented ballers I’ve seen in years and he’s shown glimpses of greatness in the past, so hopefully, he can take a step forward this season and earn his money.