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NBA Free Agency 2022 | Top Free Agents Ranked | NBA Signings Tracker

Posted: Jul 11, 2022Last updated: Jul 19, 2022

The NBA’s annual free agency period is finally here.

In preparation for the weeks ahead, we’ve put together a free agency primer by ranking the top 100 players available, tracking each transaction, and touching on some of the more notable names by position.

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NBA Free Agent Rankings: Top 100

RkPlayerPOSAge2021 TeamSigned With
1Kyrie IrvingPG30NetsNets
2Bradley BealSG28WizardsWizards
3Zach LaVineSG27BullsBulls
4James HardenSG3276ers76ers
5Deandre AytonC23SunsSuns
6Jalen BrunsonPG25MavericksKnicks
7Miles BridgesPF24Hornets
8Anfernee SimonsSG23Trail BlazersTrail Blazers
9Jusuf NurkicC27Trail BlazersTrail Blazers
10Bruce Brown Jr.SG25NetsNuggets
11Collin SextonPG23Cavaliers
12Victor OladipoSG30HeatHeat
13Bobby PortisPF27BucksBucks
14Malik MonkSG24LakersKings
15Russell WestbrookPG33LakersLakers
16Luguentz DortSG23ThunderThunder
17Ivica ZubacC25ClippersClippers
18Montrezl HarrellPF28Hornets
19Nicolas BatumSF33ClippersClippers
20Tyus JonesPG26GrizzliesGrizzlies
21Chris BoucherPF29RaptorsRaptors
22John WallPG31RocketsClippers
23Danilo GallinariSF33HawksCeltics
24Lonnie Walker IVSG23SpursLakers
25PJ TuckerPF37Heat76ers
26Mitchell RobinsonC24KnicksKnicks
27Gary Payton IIPG29WarriorsTrail Blazers
28Otto Porter Jr.PF29WarriorsRaptors
29Isaiah HartensteinC24ClippersKnicks
30Pat ConnaughtonSG29BucksBucks
31Ricky RubioPG31CavaliersCavaliers
32Marvin Bagley IIIPF23PistonsPistons
33Kevon LooneyC26WarriorsWarriors
34Mo BambaC24MagicMagic
35JaVale McGeeC34SunsMavericks
36Patty MillsPG33NetsNets
37Nic ClaxtonC23NetsNets
38Thomas BryantC24WizardsLakers
39Donte DiVincenzoSG25KingsWarriors
40Dennis SchröderPG28Rockets
41Jae'Sean TateSF26RocketsRockets
42Andre DrummondC28NetsBulls
43Caleb MartinSF26HeatHeat
44Thaddeus YoungPF34RaptorsRaptors
45Gary HarrisSG27MagicMagic
46Delon WrightPG30HawksWizards
47Carmelo AnthonyPF38Lakers
48Jordan NworaSF23Bucks
49Cody MartinSF26HornetsHornets
50Kyle AndersonPF28GrizzliesTimberwolves
51LaMarcus AldridgePF36Spurs
52Dewayne DedmonC32HeatHeat
53Serge IbakaC32BucksBucks
54Hassan WhitesideC33Jazz
55Jalen SmithPF22PacersPacers
56Mike MuscalaC30Thunder
57Amir CoffeySF25ClippersClippers
58Shake MiltonSG2576ers76ers
59TJ WarrenSF28PacersNets
60Stanley JohnsonSF26LakersLakers
61Joe InglesSF34Trail BlazersBucks
62Nemanja BjelicaC34WarriorsLeft NBA — Turkey
63Naz ReidC22TimberwolvesTimberwolves
64Hamidou DialloSG23PistonsPistons
65Gorgui DiengC32HawksSpurs
66Taurean PrincePF28TimberwolvesTimberwolves
67Goran DragicPG36NetsBulls
68Bryn ForbesSG28NuggetsTimberwolves
69Robin LopezC34MagicCavaliers
70Aaron HolidayPG25SunsHawks
71Oshae BrissettSF24PacersPacers
72JaMychal GreenPF32NuggetsWarriors
73DJ AugustinPG34Lakers
74Markieff MorrisPF32Heat
75DeMarcus CousinsC31Nuggets
76Jeff GreenPF35NuggetsNuggets
77Dwight HowardC36Lakers
78Taj GibsonC37KnicksWizards
79Trey LylesPF26KingsKings
80Bismack BiyomboC29SunsSuns
81Jeremy LambSG30Kings
82Jaylen NowellSG22TimberwolvesTimberwolves
83Derrick Jones Jr.SF25BullsBulls
84Blake GriffinPF33Nets
85Jalen McDanielsSF24HornetsHornets
86Troy Brown Jr.SF22BullsLakers
87Raul NetoPG30WizardsCavaliers
88Kemba WalkerPG32Knicks
89Austin RiversSG29NuggetsTimberwolves
90Eric PaschallPF25Jazz
91Josh OkogieSF23TimberwolvesSuns
92Tristan ThompsonC31Bulls
93Wesley MatthewsSG35BucksBucks
94Wayne EllingtonSG34Lakers
95Andre IguodalaPF38Warriors
96Danuel HouseSF29Jazz76ers
97Jevon CarterPG26BucksBucks
98Rajon RondoPG36Cavaliers
99Kent Bazemore SF32Lakers
100Frank JacksonPG24Pistons

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Free Agent Rankings: Point Guard

The premier point guard and free agent available this year is Kyrie Irving. The Brooklyn star has decided to pick up his player option, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s staying with the Nets. Rumors are circulating about his desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Beyond Irving, the next big name on the list is Jalen Brunson, who shined alongside Luka Doncic in the playoffs. The Knicks lured him away from Dallas to the tune of a four-year deal worth over $100 million. Time will tell if New York has landed its point guard of the future, but Brunson appears to have a bright future ahead.

Russell Westbrook is another prominent name on the list. He’s exercised his $47.1 million player option with the Lakers, but he could still be on the move this summer if Los Angeles can find a willing trade partner for him.

Other big names include Collin Sexton, John Wall, and Kemba Walker. Sexton still has a bright future ahead of him, though he remains unsigned. Wall opted to join the Clippers on a two-year deal that gives Los Angeles a decisive playmaker and interior scorer.

Top backups and role players on the marker include Tyus Jones, Gary Payton II, Delon Wright, Ricky Rubio, and Patty Mills.

Bradley Beal, SG, Washington Wizards


Free Agent Rankings: Shooting Guard

This year’s group of shooting guards is loaded. Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, and James Harden sit atop the list, with Anferee Simons and Victor Oladipo not far behind.

Beal, Harden, and LaVine are all set to return to their current teams, choosing to run it back for another go in the Eastern Conference.

Simons is an up-and-comer who averaged over 17 points per game with the Blazers last season, which netted him a four-year, $100 million contract extension early in the free agency period. Alongside Damian Lillard, he can really light it up and fill the role that CJ McCollum held for nearly a decade.

Oladipo’s situation is another interesting one. The former All-Star has appeared in just 88 games since the start of the 2018-19 season (excluding playoffs), and his value is undoubtedly lower than it once was. But can he produce in a large role over the course of an 82-game season again?

Beyond this group, other names worth paying attention to next season include Malik Monk, Luguentz Dort, Lonnie Walker IV, Donte DiVincenzo, and Gary Harris.

Betting Tip: Harden is officially returning to the 76ers in 2023. The competition in the conference will be steep, but with a full year under his belt of experience with Joel Embiid, the 76ers are a legitimate threat to win the East.

Free Agent Rankings: Small Forward

It may be a wing-driven league, but this year’s crop of free agent small forwards is easily the weakest position of the five. That’s not to say there aren’t prominent names on the market, though, and in some ways, it makes this a more intriguing group than others.

The biggest name in the class is Nicolas Batum, who re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers after declining his player option. The 33-year-old wing has experienced a career resurgence in LA and fits in seamlessly as a do-it-all forward.



The rest of this group is largely made up of younger players who can fill a variety of different roles. This includes Jordan Nwora, Oshae Brissett, Amir Coffey, Caleb Martin, and Stanley Johnson.

One other player worth keeping an eye on is TJ Warren, who hasn’t appeared in a game since December 2020. He averaged 19.8 points per game with the Indiana Pacers in 2019-20 and excels in the midrange. He’s decided to join the Nets, and if he can return to his pre-injury form, he could really help them out.

Free Agent Rankings: Power Forward

Charlotte’s Miles Bridges is by far the most talented player among the group of power forwards. The 24-year-old averaged 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game last year — all career-highs — though some recent legal troubles may keep him from signing anywhere this offseason.

PJ Tucker drew plenty of attention from teams contending for the NBA title before deciding to sign with the 76ers. The veteran forward has made a career out of being a hyper-versatile defender and three-point specialist. Even at 37, he provides plenty of value for a contending team like Philadelphia.



Some of the more notable role players available are Bobby Portis, Montrezl Harrell, Chris Boucher, Otto Porter Jr., and Marvin Bagley III. Most of these players chose to return to their current teams, though Porter departed Golden State to play for the Raptors.

Lastly, I’d like to turn the attention to some of the more senior names on this list, including Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala, LaMarcus AldridgeThaddeus Young, and Blake Griffin. Young is far and away the most talented player of the bunch at this stage of their careers.

Free Agent Rankings: Center

It’s a good year to need a center. They make up roughly a quarter of my top 100 rankings, and there are plenty of options available depending on what your team needs at the position.

The top player available is Deandre Ayton, who has been the subject of trade speculation since the Suns were eliminated in the playoffs. The 23-year-old agreed to a maximum offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers, but Phoenix chose to match it and retain Ayton.



Just below him is a small group of starting-caliber bigs, including Jusuf Nurkic, Ivica Zubac, Kevon Looney, Mitchell Robinson, and Isaiah Hartenstein. Whether your team needs a high-end starter or low-end one will likely determine which player it targets of this group — they are far from the same.

The rest of the players in this group can all be serviceable backups on virtually any team in the league. My personal favorites in terms of value include JaVale McGee, Dewayne Dedmon, and Gorgui Dieng.

There are also some interesting young players on this list, including Nic Claxton, Thomas Bryant, and Naz Reid. Each has shown some upside and could be interesting pickups.

Author

Garrett Chorpenning

Garrett Chorpenning is a Digital Content Coordinator for The Game Day. His previous work includes covering the LA Clippers for Sports Illustrated and FanSided.

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