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
|Rk||Player||POS||Age||2021 Team||Signed With|
|8||Anfernee Simons||SG||23||Trail Blazers||Trail Blazers|
|9||Jusuf Nurkic||C||27||Trail Blazers||Trail Blazers|
|10||Bruce Brown Jr.||SG||25||Nets||Nuggets|
|24||Lonnie Walker IV||SG||23||Spurs||Lakers|
|27||Gary Payton II||PG||29||Warriors||Trail Blazers|
|28||Otto Porter Jr.||PF||29||Warriors||Raptors|
|32||Marvin Bagley III||PF||23||Pistons||Pistons|
|61||Joe Ingles||SF||34||Trail Blazers||Bucks|
|62||Nemanja Bjelica||C||34||Warriors||Left NBA — Turkey|
|83||Derrick Jones Jr.||SF||25||Bulls||Bulls|
|86||Troy Brown Jr.||SF||22||Bulls||Lakers|
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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.
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.
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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.
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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 Aldridge, Thaddeus 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.
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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.