Top 7 Underrated 2016 NBA Free Agents
With Oklahoma City Thunder's outstanding scorer Kevin Durant, Toronto Raptor's streak-shooting guard Demar Derozen, and NBA breakout center Hassan Whiteside who is a living monstrosity on the shaded area are just a small appraisal of the marquee names mixed in the NBA Free Agency pot.
Now it's time to make a roll-call of the played down hard-court protagonists on the other side of the basketball spectrum, who will definitely be reeled-in by other basketball teams especially with the coming 2016 season's bloated financial cap space.
These 7 free agents will probably break from the rotation mold if handed out with maximum minutes on the court in particular that they still have a lot of room to mature in their basketball prowess as mentioned in Spot Rac.
7. Ryan Anderson
The 6-10 power forward was a sought-after candidate during the midseason free agency. However, the much-vaunted stretch four reacquired by the New Orleans Pelicans. Anderson works well below the rim especially for those contested rebounds and has a knack for piling up points just about anywhere in the hard court averaging 16.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg this season.
Unfortunately, this prototypical basketball player bumps into the Pelicans basketball stratagem of having Anthony Davis who also is the main offense in that position.
6. Evan Fournier
The Orlando Magic shooting guard is having his best basketball season averaging 14.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg., brought about by extended playing minutes from 28.6 to 32.5. The former Denver Nuggets, however, delivered much in the court especially with an increase in his three-point percentage. Teams coveting for a 40 percent rainbow country shooter should generate a suitable piece in the trading table as Fournier is on a restricted contract.
5. Ian Mahinmi
When the Indiana Pacers' cut their ties with big man Roy Hibbert, Ian Mahinmi took on the unoccupied starting center spot and he did not disappoint the Pacers' management. The Frenchman average 8.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg as he partnered with rookie Myles Turner in doing the gritty work below the rim.
The 6-11 unrestricted center does an unswerving job in setting hard screens which are quite a compliment to the Pacers' type of basketball play.
4. Jordan Clarkson
It is to be expected that the now cellar-dwelling Los Angeles Lakers will retain the point guard for that long process rebuilding along with freshman sensation D'Angelo Russell. However if the trading table will work more for the Lakers then expect a star potential from this Filipino-American who can bring in 15.6 points for his new team.
An increase in minute's role for Clarkson would mean he can improve more on his defense and his playmaking ability.
3. Allan Crabbe
With the overachieving Portland Trailblazers getting out of the first round of playoff eliminations, expect small forward Allan Crabbe to get a windfall of cash in the next season. The exodus of Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum paved the way for the 6-6 Crabbe to average a much-needed 10.6 ppg for the Blazers this season.
2. Jeremy Lin
The former "Linsanity" of the New York Knicks might have tested the basketball waters for a couple of basketball teams prior to landing a home with the Charlotte Hornets but his stint this year with the franchise delivered him on garnering the seventh spot for the NBA Sixth Man of The Year Award.
Lin has been the go-to-guy straight from the bench for the Hornets as he averages 11.7 points per game. The 27-year-old has shown much maturity and would make a trustworthy backup floor general for his next team.
1. Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore has journeyed from the Golden State Warriors to the Los Angeles Lakers and now has been thrust into the Atlanta Hawks basketball spotlight with the departure of forward DeMarre Carroll.
Bazemore now in his fourth year has averaged 11.6 ppg for this season and has made the starting lineup for 68 times in the Hawks 2016 NBA campaign. A streak shooter, Bazemore will be a solid contributor to any team that will have him in their line-up.