The 2016 NBA free agency is less than a month away and there are a lot of big names available in the market. As part of a five-part series, here is Sportsrageous’ list of the top five point guards in the 2016 NBA free agency.
- Mike Conley, 28 – Memphis Grizzlies (UFA)
Conley tops the list of a weak point guard class in this year’s free agent market. He is set to get a big raise (from the Grizzlies) even though his season ended prematurely with an Achilles injury. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old is one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA.
He is an All-Star caliber player capable of playing great defense while scoring at the other end when needed. He is also a smart with the ball, knowing when to pass or attack the basket. The only knock on him is the injury that caused him to miss 26 games.
- Jeremy Lin, 27 – Charlotte Hornets (PO)
Surprise, surprise, Jeremy Lin is the second-best point guard available on the market this offseason as he is set to opt out of his contract with the Hornets. Lin proved this season by averaging 11.7 points and 3.0 assists that he has what it takes to stay in the NBA.
He was one of the best sixth men in the league last season and he has the qualities to be a starter. Many will point out that his defense is bad but Lin was consistently good at that end with the Hornets.
His main weapon is still his ability to attack the rim while also playing the pick-and-roll along with his improved jump shot. Jeremy Lin will be the most-sought point guard this year, but he has expressed his interest in staying in Charlotte.
- Rajon Rondo, 30 – Sacramento Kings (UFA)
Yes, Rondo led the NBA in assists last season with 11.7 per game with the lowly Kings. He is the best pure playmaker in the league but his shooting still needs improvement. At his age, it looks like he will never be consistent in that regards.
Rondo is a dying breed of point guard but there will be teams still interested in him. However, he has character issues that might not fit most NBA teams. He is reportedly looking for the last big payday of his career.
- Brandon Jennings, 26 – Orlando Magic (UFA)
Jennings is a low-risk, high-reward signing for any team looking for a quality point guard. He played okay coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon but he is only 26 years old.
He will have more than a full year of recovery and he likely ends up with a cheap one-year deal to increase his value for the 2017 free agency when the salary cap goes even higher. The knock on him besides his injury is his career field goal shooting of 39 percent.
- Nando De Colo, 28 – CKSA Moscow (RFA)
De Colo previously played for the Spurs and Raptors from 2012 to 2014. But ever since he went back to Europe, the 28-year-old has improved his play enough to be named the 2016 Euroleague MVP. He was also named Final Four MVP when he helped CSKA Moscow win their seventh Euroleague championship.
The Raptors still have his rights, making him a restricted free agent. Nonetheless, teams such as the Spurs, Raptors, Bucks, Nuggets and Knicks are linked with him.
Honorable Mentions: Jordan Clarkson, 23 – Los Angeles Lakers (RFA), Matthew Dellevedova, 25 – Cleveland Cavaliers (RFA), Deron Williams, 31 – Dallas Mavericks (PO), Ty Lawson, 28 – Indiana Pacers (UFA), Mario Chalmers, 30 (UFA)
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