HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Training camp is still about eight weeks away, but good luck trying to find any more free agents who can make a real impact on your team. A month after free agency opened, only slim pickings remain.
Want proof? The remaining free agent who played the most minutes last season is Alonzo Gee. Most rebounds? Shelden Williams. Yep, we’re down to the bottom of the barrel.
At this point, if teams are still looking to fill roster spots, they have certain needs. So we’ll list the best available guys by position. Here are three point guards, five wings, and three bigs who could be useful (or not) next season…
1. Derek Fisher (OKC)
23.9 MPG, 5.6 PPG, 2.7 APG, 37.1% FG, 32.1% 3PT
The veteran will celebrate his 38th birthday next week, and it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about a possible destination for next season. After a rough regular season, he shot a solid 38 percent (18-for-48) from 3-point range in the playoffs.
2. Jannero Pargo (ATL)
13.4 MPG, 5.6 PPG, 1.9 APG, 41.5% FG, 38.4% 3PT
Pargo provided an offensive lift for the Hawks in a handful of games last season.
3. Jonny Flynn (POR)
14.4 MPG, 4.5 PPG, 3.3 APG, 35.1% FG, 29.4% 3PT
Flynn is just 23 years old, but he’s been a bust for three different teams now. It will be interesting to see if someone gives him another chance.
1. Leandro Barbosa (IND)
21.7 MPG, 11.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 42.5% FG,38.2% 3PT
Barbosa, who reportedly has interest from the Lakers, was pretty awful in the playoffs last season. He’s been a defensive liability everywhere he’s played, but he can certainly give a team some offense off the bench.
2. Mickael Pietrus (BOS)
22.0 MPG, 6.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 38.5% FG, 33.5% 3PT
Like Barbosa, Pietrus was pretty awful in the playoffs, shooting 12-for-54 from 3-point range. But he was banged up (requiring knee surgery after the season) and could certainly give some team more defensively than anyone else on this list.
3. Carlos Delfino (MIL)
28.4 MPG, 9.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 40.2% FG, 36.0% 3PT
Like Barbosa, Delfino is playing in the Olympics without a contract. He’s one of the streakiest shooters in the league, but not very efficient overall.
4. Jodie Meeks (PHI)
25.0 MPG, 8.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 40.9% FG, 36.5% 3PT
Meeks is a specialist who actually performed pretty well as a starter two seasons ago. But his shooting dropped last season and the Sixers decided to replace him with Dorell Wright. Earlier this week, he listed the Bucks, Lakers and Wizards as teams on his list.
5. Dominic McGuire (GSW)
17.6 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 44.8% FG, 0.0% 3PT
McGuire is a decent defender and a good rebounder for a small forward, but he can’t shoot.
1. Kenyon Martin (LAC)
22.3 MPG, 5.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 44.1 FG%
Martin is 34 years old, has had countless knee surgeries, and was pretty brutal offensively last season. But he can still defend five positions. The Clippers were much better defensively when he was on the floor.
2. Anthony Tolliver (MIN)
17.4 MPG, 4.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 39.0 FG%
Tolliver was a terrific glue guy two seasons ago, but his shooting dropped off considerably last season. He won’t stand out by any means, but he’s a pretty reliable bench guy.
3. Ivan Johnson (ATL)
16.7 MPG, 6.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.3 BPG, 51.3 FG%
Johnson is a better rebounder than the two guys above, and he was a pretty efficient scorer as a 27-year-old rookie.