Thursday, November 10, 2016

2017 NFL Draft: Mock Draft 1.0 Mid-season mock

Talent over need in the first round for the top teams 




First Round

1. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-10)

JONATHAN ALLEN-DE/5T/DT/EDGE-BAMA
6-3/294
NFL Comparison: Michael Bennett/Fletcher Cox

The Browns NEED a QB, but with two 1st round picks and not much separating the three top signal callers the Browns can afford to take a QB with their second 1st round pick.

The NFL now values guys that can rush the passer from the inside as much as edge rushers. Guys like JJ Watt, Aaron Donald, Fletcher Cox and 2016 Rookie of the Year candidate Joey Bosa have paved the way for interior pass rushers.

Allen is so valuable because you can literally line him up anywhere on the defensive line and he will have an impact. He led the SEC in sacks last year with 12 and this year already has 7.5 despite facing double teams on nearly every play. The Browns need an impact guy on the defensive line. Allen has the chance to change an entire defense with his special skill set.




2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-8)
MYLES GARRETT-EDGE/DE/OLB-TEXAS A&M
6-5/262
NFL Comparison: Jason Pierre-Paul/Aldon Smith 
The NFL still does love its edge rushers and Garrett is the clear cut best true outside pass rusher in this years class. Garrett vs. Allen will be debated a lot this year similar to Clowney vs. Mack in 2014 or Suh vs. McCoy in 2010. Garrett may go number one if he tests well come April.

Like the Browns, the 49ers can afford to pass on a QB here because they have 10 overall picks so they have enough ammunition to trade back into the first if they need to. However the talent of Garrett here is too good to pass on.  




3. CHICAGO BEARS (2-7)
DESHONE KIZER-QB-NOTRE DAME
6-5/230
NFL Comparison: Steve McNair/Blake Bortles
With the top two impact defenders gone, the Bears should go QB here. Kizer, Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky will all battle from now until April to become the first QB off the board. Kizer has a clear cut size advantage over the other two. The Bears will need a strong armed QB to play in those cold weather games. Kizer, an Ohio native, went west one state to Notre Dame and may end up going west one more state to play in Chicago.

4. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-7)
JABRILL PEPPERS-S/CB/LB/DB-MICHIGAN 
6-1/208
NFL Comparison: Rod Woodson/Tyrann Mathieu 
So far it looks like Jacksonville hit a home run last year with Jalen Ramsey. While he has been great, the team as a whole has struggled. Peppers is the last elite defender left on the board. Peppers and Ramsey could form a corner/safety tandem that could be as good as Sherman/Thomas in Seattle or Peters/Berry in Kansas City. One thing is certain, the Jags need playmakers everywhere and Peppers is the most versatile player in the country.



5. NEW YORK JETS (3-7)
DEREK BARNETT -EDGE/DE-TENNESSEE 
6-3/268
NFL Comparison: Everson Griffen
It may come as a surprise, but Barnett is actually the current SEC leader in sacks over both Allen and Garrett. The Jets have a great interior rush led by Leonard Williams but they need someone from the outside that can get pressure on the Tom Brady's of the world.

Obviously the Jets main need is at QB, but given all the veterans on offense with Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte, it would make sense for the Jets to either trade for Tony Romo or sign Jay Cutler next offseason.

6. CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-6)
LEONARD FOURNETTE-RB-LSU
6-1/230
NFL Comparison: Le'Veon Bell/Steven Jackson
Carolina may have bigger needs (CB and DE) but Fournette is a special player. Cam and him could form the best QB-RB duo in the league for the next five year (until we get to the Colts)

7. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-6)
JUJU SMITH SCHUSTER-WR-USC 
6-3/221
NFL Comparison: Allen Robinson/Dez Bryant 
Remember that time when Keenan Allen was healthy? Yeah me neither. Smith-Schuster is a local SoCal product that can provide the Chargers a physical and healthy WR.


8. CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-5-1)
CAM ROBINSON-OT-BAMA
6-5/327
NFL Comparison: Jason Peters at LT/Marcus Gilbert at RT
The Bengals love addressing the trenches early and often. Robinson is the clear cut best offensive line prospect in the draft despite some character concerns stemming from an off-season arrest. The Bengals also have a history of taking chances on character risk guys.


9. BUFFALO BILLS (4-5) 
MIKE WILLIAMS-WR-CLEMSON 
6-3/221
NFL Comparison: Alshon Jeffery/Michael Floyd
Sammy Watkins is a legit option when healthy but he's always hurt and Robert Woods would be better as a #3 option. Williams can provide the Bills the #1 WR they have been searching for.

10. TENNESSEE TITANS 
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-5)
MARLON HUMPHREY-CB-BAMA
6-1/199
NFL Comparison: Josh Norman 
The Titans have been a pleasant surprise this year, but could still use a true #1 corner. Humphrey has the incredible length and speed that teams look for in a cover corner.

11. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-5)  
TIM WILLIAMS-OLB/EDGE-BAMA
6-4/237
NFL Comparison: 
Former first round picks Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree have been underachievers. Williams is a perfect fit in Pittsburgh as a 3-4 rush linebacker

12. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)
DALVIN COOK-RB-FSU
6-0/206
NFL Comparison: DeMarco Murray/Edgerrin James 
Andrew Luck meet your new best friend. Yes the offensive line is terrible but they can spend 3-4 picks on it in rounds 2-7. Cook is a game changer that the Colts have lacked at RB.

13. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5)
JAMAL ADAMS-S/DB-LSU 
6-1/211
NFL Comparison: Eric Berry 
This is what happens when you have Tampa's current secondary:


Enter Jamal Adams to fix it. Adams is a big safety with elite athletic ability and size to cover both TE's and top WR's

14. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-5)
QUINCY WILSON-CB-FLORIDA
6-1/213
NFL Comparison: Xavier Rhodes/Richard Sherman 
Wilson is a big corner that can matchup with guys like Julio Jones and Mike Evans twice a year. The Saints defense is horrendous and needs help at every level.

15. GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-5)
MALIK MCDOWELL-DT-MICHIGAN ST.
6-6/280
NFL Comparison: John Henderson 
The value is too good to pass on McDowell here. He fits perfectly in the Packers 3-4 as 5 or 3 technique. Current LDE and former first round pick Datone Jones has been average at best and is a free agent this year.

16. ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-4-1)
TEEZ TABOR-CB-FLORIDA
6-0/199
NFL Comparison: Aqib Talib/Vontae Davis
Most mocks have the Cards getting a QB to find Carson Palmer's successor. I think they add another play maker in the secondary to help Patrick Peterson and the Honey Badger.

17.TENNESSEE TITANS (5-5)
MALIK HOOKER-S/DB-OHIO ST. 
6-1/205
NFL Comparison: Malcolm Jenkins
The Titans would be wise to upgrade their secondary with both of their first round picks as they are 22nd against the pass despite having two good pass rushers in Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. Hooker has the size and range to play both in the box and in high coverage.


18. MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-4)
REUBEN FOSTER-LB-BAMA
6-1/240
NFL Comparison: CJ Mosley
The Dolphins are 30th against the run. Foster is exactly what they need at MLB. He is a hard hitting run stopper.

19. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4) 
JOHN ROSS-WR-WASHINGTON
5-11/179
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson
Jordan Matthews is a great possession receiver but Nelson Agholor hasn't proved to be a legit #2 deep threat. Ross is the best deep threat in this year's draft class. He is shooting up draft boards and will keep rising come Combine time if he runs a sub 4.3 forty.

20. CLEVELAND BROWNS
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)
DESHAUN WATSON-QB-CLEMSON 
6-2/210
NFL Comparison: Alex Smith/Russell Wilson 
Watson is a great leader that is mature, smart and has all the intangibles that one looks for in a starting QB. He is basically the opposite of Johnny Manziel. But make no mistake, Watson is limited with his size and arm. His running ability is impressive but he needs to become a better pocket passer if he wants to have a 10+ year career. The Browns need a QB. If they pass on one early they better get one with their second first round pick.

21. BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-4) AFC North Leader
DESMOND KING-ZCB-IOWA
5-11/200
NFL Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
After winning the Jim Thorpe Award (Best College Defensive Back) in 2015, King surprised many people by returning to school. He has continued to impress and is among the best in a very good DB draft. He would fit perfect as a zone corner in Baltimore opposite Jimmy Smith. The Ravens could use a physical, quick corner to cover guys like Antonio Brown and Corey Coleman.


22. DETROIT LIONS (5-4)
CHARLES HARRIS-EDGE/DE-MISSOURI 
6-3/255
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan 
Current LDE Devin Taylor is a free agent and may get more money on the open market than the Lions will be willing to shell out. Harris could provide the Lions another pass rusher opposite Ziggy Ansah.

23. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-3-1)
ZACH CUNNINGHAM-LB-VANDERBILT 
6-4/230
NFL Comparison: Sean Lee
Cunningham is a straight up tackling machine. The Redskins are once again in playoff contention but their key weakness is their run defense as they are 26th against the run.

24. HOUSTON TEXANS (6-3)
LOWELL LOTULELEI-NT/DT-UTAH
6-2/310
NFL Comparison: Steve McLendon
JJ Watt faces double and sometimes triple teams on every play because no one else on the line scares an offense. Vince Wilfork turns 35 in November and can only play limited snaps at best. Lotulelei is a traditional run stopping nose with great power and leverage.

25. ATLANTA FALCONS (6-4)
DEMARCUS WALKER-DE/EDGE-FSU
6-4/280
NFL Comparison: Cameron Jordan 
The Falcons need another pass rusher to help 2015 first round pick Vic Beasley. Walker is having a great year and is leading the ACC in sacks. He would fit well in Atlanta's 4-3 scheme.

26. NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3)
RAEKWON MCMILLAN-LB-OHIO ST. 
6-2/243
NFL Comparison: Bobby Wagner
The Giants have arguably the worst LB core in the league. McMillan is the new prototype LB with the ability to make tackles and cover in space.

27. DENVER BRONCOS (7-3)
PAT ELFLEIN-G/C-OHIO ST. 
6-3/300
NFL Comparison: Ryan Kalil 
The Broncos need help on the interior. Elflein is an experienced player that comes from a culture of winning.

28. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2)
JARRAD DAVIS-LB-FLORIDA
6-2/230
NFL Comparison: Lawrence Timmons
Derrick Johnson continues to play at a high level even at age 33, but he needs help on the inside. Davis is a highly skilled player and mature leader. He is the type of guy Andy Ried loves.

29. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-2-1)
CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY-RB/KR-STANFORD
6-0/202
NFL Comparison: Reggie Bush/Percy Harvin
Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was able to get the best out of Percy Harvin's unique skill set and he could do the same with the electrifying McCaffrey



30. OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-2)
CARLOS WATKINS-DT-CLEMSON 
6-3/305
NFL Comparison: Sharrif Floyd
The Raiders defense could use some youth on the interior to complement Khalil Mack and company. Watkins is very athletic for his size and is a solid against both the run and pass.

31. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-1) 
Projected Super Bowl Loser
SIDNEY JONES-CB-WASHINGTON
6-1/180
NFL Comparison: Sam Shields 
Jones is a long, athletic corner that is rising up draft boards. He is Washington's best defender on arguably the best defense in the country.

32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2) 
Projected Super Bowl Winner
CARL LAWSON-EDGE/DE/OLB-AUBURN 
6-2/253
NFL Comparison: Cliff Avril 
The Patriots top three pass rushers are free agents so it will make a lot of sense to take a pass rusher here. Lawson has top ten upside but has had injury issues. The Patriots never shy away from risk if the talent is there. According to Pro Football Focus, he is averaging a sack, hit or hurry every 4.9 times he rushes the passer/

Second Round

33. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-10)
DAN FEENEY-G/C-INDIANA
6-4/311
NFL Comparison: TJ Lang

34. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-8)
MITCH TRUBISKY-QB-UNC
6-3/220
NFL Comparison: Matt Ryan/Kirk Cousins 

35. CHICAGO BEARS (2-7)
ISAIAH FORD-WR-VIRGINIA TECH  
6-2/195
NFL Comparison: Roddy White

36. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-7)
MIKE MCGLINCHEY-OT-NOTRE DAME
6-7/310
NFL Comparison: Nate Solder

37. NEW YORK JETS (3-7)
OJ HOWARD-TE-BAMA
6-6/242
NFL Comparison: Greg Olsen  

38. CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-6)
CORDREA TANKERSLEY-CB-CLEMSON 
6-1/200
NFL Comparison: Micah Hyde

39. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-6)
RYAN RAMCZYK-OT-WISCONSIN
6-6/300
NFL Comparison: Joe Staley

40. CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-5-1)
CALEB BRANTLEY-DT/NT-FLORIDA
6-2/314
NFL Comparison: Marcell Dareus

41. LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-5)
COREY DAVIS-WR-WESTERN MICHIGAN 
6-3/213


42. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-5)  
TRE'DAVIOUS WHITE-CB-LSU
6-0/197

43. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-5)
QUENTON NELSON-OG-NOTRE DAME
6-5/325

44. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5)
JAMAL ADAMS-S/DB-LSU 
6-1/211

45. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-4)
TAKKARIST MCKINLEY-EDGE/OLB/SLB-UCLA
6-4/240

46. GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-4)
D'ONTA FOREMAN-RB-TEXAS
6-1/249

47. BUFFALO BILLS (4-5) 
TACO CHARLTON-5T/DE/DT-MICHIGAN 
6-6/275

48. ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-4-1)
BRAD KAAYA-QB-MIAMI
6-4/215

49. CLEVELAND BROWNS
VIA PRE DRAFT TRADE WITH THE TENNESSEE TITANS (5-5)
ANTHONY WALKER-LB-NORTHWESTERN
6-1/235

50. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-4)
NICK CHUBB-RB-GEORGIA
5-10/228

51. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)
ADOREE JACKSON-CB/KR-USC
5-11/185

52. MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-4)
DAWUANE SMOOT-EDGE/DE-ILLINOIS
6-3/265

53. BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-4) 
MARQUIS HAYNES-EDGE/SLB/OLB-OLE MISS
6-3/222


54. DETROIT LIONS (5-4)
ROYCE FREEMAN-RB-OREGON
6-0/229

55. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-3-1)
VITA VEA-NT/DT-WASHINGTON
6-4/346


56. HOUSTON TEXANS (6-3)
MARCUS MAYE-S/DB-FLORIDA
6-0/207


57. ATLANTA FALCONS (6-4)
CONOR MCDERMOTT-OT-UCLA
6-9/310

58. NEW YORK GIANTS (6-3)
JAKE BUTT-TE-MICHIGAN 
6-6/250

59. DENVER BRONCOS (7-3)
DEDE WESTBROOK-WR-OKLAHOMA
6-0/176 

60. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-2)
ETHAN POCIC-C/G-LSU
6-7/302

61. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-2-1)
MASON COLE-C/G/OT-MICHIGAN 
6-5/305

62. OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-2)
BUDDA BAKER-FS/NCB-WASHINGTON
5-10/180

63. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-1)
SOLOMON THOMAS-DE/EDGE-STANFORD
6-3/256

64. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2)
MARSHON LATTIMORE-CB-OHIO ST. 
6-0/192





Thursday, June 30, 2016

NBA 2016 FREE AGENT RANKINGS BY TIERS

Tier 1: Stars that are #1 options on playoff teams 

1. LEBRON JAMES-
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
SF #1 
6-8/250
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 74.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV
Market Value:
Superstar Max Deal with 10+ years of service 35% of the cap 

Best player on the planet isn't going anywhere but opted out to get more money. He'll likely sign another 2 year max deal with an opt out after next year 

2. KEVIN DURANT-OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 
SF #2
6-10/240
AGE: 28 in September
4 year games played average: 65.25
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with OKC, GS, SA, LAC, MIA, BOS
Market Value:
Superstar Max Deal with 7-9 years of service, 30% of the cap 

With King James likely staying in Cleveland. The second best player on the planet is the hottest commodity on the open market .He wants to play for a championship. Staying in OKC seem like the best choice but the others will have a chance to sway him. 

Tier 2: 
Number two scorers/high end role players that are seeking Max contracts

3. ANDRE DRUMMOND-DETROIT PISTONS
(RESTRICTED)
C (3-4) 
6-11/279
AGE: 23 in August
3 year games played average: 81.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DET
Market Value:

Superstar Max Deal, 25% of the cap 

Clearly one of the best young centers in the league. An absolute beast on the glass and an intimidating defensive presence. He can't hit a free throw to save his life. He is the face of the franchise in Detroit. He should be locked up very soon. 



4. DEMAR DEROZAN-TORONTO RAPTORS 
SG (3-6)
6-7/220
AGE: 27 in August
3 year games played average: 72.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with TOR, LAL
Market Value:
Max Deal with 7-9 years of service, 30% of the cap

Two time All-Star player that is one of the best athletes and slashers in the game. He isn't the greatest shooter but he still gets you 20 a night. He's likely to stay in Toronto but his hometown Lakers will try their best to get him back in LA. 



5. MIKE CONLEY-MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 
PG (5-10)
6-1/175
AGE: 28
3 year games played average: 71.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MEM, DAL, CHI, MIL, SA 
Market Value:
Max Deal with 7-9 years of service, 30% of the cap

While Conley is not on the Curry, Westbook, CP3 or Lillard level, he is clearly in the second tier.  He is far and away the best PG on the market as there's quite a gap between him and the likes of Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams in both age and ability. 



6. AL HORFORD-ATLANTA HAWKS
PF (6-10), C (6-10)
6-11/245 
AGE: 30
4 year games played average: 65.25
Possible Destinations: BOS, DET, MIA, POR, DAL, GS, WAS, Re-sign with ATL,
Market Value:
Max Deal with 7-9 years of service, 30% of the cap

One of the best and most underrated players in the game for the past decade. He is a four time All-Star that is a great passer and shoots at a high percentage. As you can see a wide number of teams will be interested in him. 



7. BRADLEY BEAL-WASHINGTON WIZARDS 
(RESTRICTED)
SG (6-12)
6-5/207
AGE: 23
3 year games played average: 63.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with WAS
Market Value:
Max Deal with under 6 years of service, 25% of the cap 

Several pros and cons with Beal. 
Cons: Major injury concerns and will never be the best player on a good team
Pros: He just turned 23 and unlike Harrison Barnes, he has proved that he can consistently score close to 20 per game. 

The Wizards may not WANT to give him a Max deal but they really have no choice at this point. If Beal walks, he will get a max deal elsewhere and Washington isn't a high priority for most other free agents on this list. 


8. NIC BATUM-CHARLOTTE HORNETS
SF (6-10), SG (6-12)
6-8/200
AGE: 27
3 year games played average: 74.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHR, DAL, MIA, MEM 
Market Value:
Max Deal with 7-9 years of service, 30% of the cap

Versatility is the calling card of Batum. He is a true five tool player that can defend, shoot. pass, rebound and slash. The move to Charlotte really helped him. He led the Hornets in assists, was their second leading scorer and was their best defender. The Hornets need to keep him if they hope to make the playoffs again. 



9. HASSAN WHTESIDE-MIAMI HEAT
C (6-13)
7-0/235
AGE: 27 
3 year games played average: 73 games last year (was in the D-League in the years before)
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIA, DAL, LAL, HOU, POR
Market Value:
Seeking Max Deal with under 6 years of service, 25% of the cap 

After spending five years in the D-League and overseas, Whiteside came out of no where to become a double double machine and the best shot blocker in the league. He gives you the same thing that Drummond and DeAndre Jordan give you but he isn't as big and has had some injury issues. He will get a Max deal from someone due to his size and skill set. 



10. DWIGHT HOWARD-HOUSTON ROCKETS 
C (6-13)
6-11/265
AGE: 30
4 year games played average: 64.75
Possible Destinations: ATL, BOS, NY, DAL
Market Value:
18-22 million per season 

If Whiteside is worth a Max deal, then one would have to argue that Howard is worth a Max deal as well. Howard is only 30 and can still rebound as well as most bigs in the league. He has baggage but in the right setting could return to All Star form. 




11. CHANDLER PARSONS-DALLAS MAVERICKS 
SF (11-15) PF (11-13)
6-10/230
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 67.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, ATL, POR, MEM, ORL  
Market Value:
Seeking Max Deal with under 6 years of service, 25% of the cap 

Knee injuries have cut short his past two seasons so that has to be considered by teams seeking his services. When healthy he has proved to be a legit #3 scoring option on a playoff team. He is a 6-10 guy that can shoot near 40% form three and near 50% from the field. Because of that, team could see him as the perfect small ball four that is athletic enough to still play SF. 



12. HARRISON BARNES-GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
(RESTRICTED)
SF (11-15)
6-8/225 
AGE: 24
4 year games played average: 76.75
Possible Destinations: NO, POR, LAL, PHL, ATL, BRK, Re-sign with GS 
Market Value:
Under 6 years Max Deal, 25% of the cap 

2015 NBA champion that has done what the Warriors have asked of him. Can he become a 20 point per game somewhere else. New Orleans makes a lot of sense as he would be reunited with coach Alvin Gentry. 




Tier 3: 
Past Prime future Hall of Famers and former All Stars 

Some may take less to help their current franchise while others will be seeking a near Max deal


13. DWYANE WADE-MIAMI HEAT 
SG (3-6) 
6-4/220
AGE: 34
4 year games played average: 64.75
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIA, NY, CLV. LAC, CHI 
Market Value:
Seeking a deal with a 20 million average 

Had a great year in 2016 after being injured much of the previous two seasons. Obviously he is the face of the Heat so they will do everything gin their power to keep him. If he tests the market, he will get plenty of interest from average teams but may need to sign for the Mid Level Exception to play for a contender. 



14. DIRK NOWITZKI-DALLAS MAVERICKS 
PF (6-10) 
7-0/245
AGE: 38
3 year games played average: 77.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, GS
Market Value:
2 year deal at around 15-18 million per

The greatest European player in NBA history may have two years left. Does he stay in Dallas or help the Warriors get another title? 

15. PAU GASOL-CHICAGO BULLS
C (6-13) 
7-1/250
AGE: 36 in July
3 year games played average: 70.0
Possible Destinations: DAL, SA, MIA, GS, NY
Market Value:
2 year deal at around 15-18 million per 

Pau is still one of the better big men in the NBA. His skill set and veteran leadership will make him an attractive player for contenders needing a big man 

16. RAJON RONDO-SACRAMENTO KINGS
PG (11-16)
6-1/186
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 70.0
Possible Destinations: BRK, CHI, Re-sign with SAC
Market Value:
Third tier point guard, Reggie Jackson, 16 million per season

He took a one year 'prove it' deal with Sacramento last year and proved that he is still one of the most versatile players in the league. 


17. JOAKIM NOAH-CHICAGO BULLS
C (5-15) when healthy
7-0/232
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 60.5
Possible Destinations: NY, MIA, ATL 
Market Value:
2 year deal at around 15-18 million per 

Noah's defense, passing ability, high basketball IQ and overall hustle make him a great piece on any team. The question remains, can he stay healthy? The native New Yorker may look to join Derrick Rose in the big apple. 



18. LUOL DENG-MIAMI HEAT
SF (6-13) 
6-9/220
AGE: 31
4 year games played average: 71.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIA, DAL, GS, MEM, NO
Market Value:
2 year deal at around 15-18 million per 

Deng is a great locker room guy that can still defend both forward spots. He should provide a cheaper alternative to teams that miss out on Batum, Parsons and Barnes. Why pay 20 million on a four year deal  for those guys if you can get Deng for two years at 16 million per season? 



Tier 4: 
Good role players under 30

19. RYAN ANDERSON-NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 
PF (11-18)
6-10/240
AGE: 28
2 year games played average: 63.5
Possible Destinations: SAC, WAS, POR, HOU. MEM, DET, LAL
Market Value:
Between 17-20 million 

A lights out shooter with good size in a NBA that values shooting and length. Anderson would be a perfect fit in his hometown of Sacramento playing with a big like DeMarcus Cousins. Any playoff team looking for a shooter would fit as well. 

20. EVAN FOURNIER-ORLANDO MAGIC 
(RESTRICTED)
SG (11-14)
6-7/205
AGE: 23
3 year games played average: 71.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with ORL
Market Value:
Between 17-20 million  

Great 3 point shooter with a high IQ and a team attitude. The Magic traded Victor Oladipo to OKC because they know Fournier is the better fit as their starting two guard. 



21. KENT BAZEMORE-ATLANTA HAWKS 
SG (15-18)
6-5/201
AGE: 27 on July 1st (Happy Birthday $$$$$$)
2 year games played average: 75.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with ATL, MEM, BRK, NY, MIL 
Market Value:
Between 15-18 million  

Broke out big time last year in Atlanta as their defensive specialist and #4 scoring option. He filled the void left by DeMarre Carroll's departure. The Hawks will need to pay a lot to keep him. 




22. JORDAN CLARKSON-LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
(RESTRICTED)
SG (15-20), PG (18-24)
6-5/194
AGE: 24
2 year games played average: 69.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with LAL
Market Value:
Seeking 4 year deal around 14-18 million average 

Very good young player, is he a better at the point or at the two guard? The Lakers like him and will likely match any offer he receives. 

23. BISMACK BIYOMBO-TORONTO RAPTORS
C (17-25)
6-10/255
AGE: 24 in August
3 year games played average: 74.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with TOR
Market Value:
Rim protector and high energy center
Between Tyson Chandler's 4 year/52 million and Tristan Thompson's 5 year/82 million 
Between 13-16.4 million per season

Biyombo made a lot of money for himself this post season as he really outplayed Tristan Thompson in the Cleveland series. 


24. FESTUS EZELI-GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 
(RESTRICTED)
C (17-25)
7-0/264
AGE: 26
2 year games played average: 46.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with GS,MIL, LAL, NY, MIA, ATL 
Market Value:

Rim protector and high energy center
Between Tyson Chandler's 4 year/52 million and Tristan Thompson's 5 year/82 million 
Between 13-16.4 million per season

He is basically Biyombo but two years older and comes with some injury risk.   



25. EVAN TURNER-BOSTON CELTICS
SG (14-20), SF (16-22)
6-7/225
AGE: 24
4 year games played average: 81.5
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIL 
Market Value:
Seeking 4 year deal around 13-16 million average 

Versatile player with good length that can play both the two and the three. He can also run a the offense in a second unit like he did last year in Boston. A very durable guy that has only missed 2 games in the past four season.


26. JEREMY LIN-CHARLOTTE HORNETS
PG (21-24), SG (15-22)
6-3/200
AGE: 27 in August
3 year games played average: 74.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHR
Market Value:
Seeking 4 year deal around 13-16 million average 

He played very well in Charlotte last year. He is a low end starting point guard that is much better in a role as a backup combo guard. He is looking for a long term deal 


Tier 5: Good role players that are 30 and over



27. AL JEFFERSON-HARLOTTE HORNETS
C (11-16) when healthy
6-10/280
AGE: 31
4 year games played average: 65.75
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHR, POR, MIL, NO, NY, BOS 
Market Value:
Past prime role playing center, around  Tyson Chandler's 4 year/52 million

Jefferson can still score in the post and grab a good amount of boards, but he is past his prime and has a lot of injury concerns 

28. JR SMITH-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
SG (15-20)
6-6/220

AGE: 31 in September
3 year games played average: 74.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV, DAL, ATL, BOS, SAC
Market Value:
Solid shooting guard, somewhere between Alec Burks' 4 years 41 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million

He takes horrible shots and makes incredible shots. Now he is a NBA champion. I just hope he wears a shirt when he is at he free agent meeting. 



29. JOE JOHNSON-MIAMI HEAT
SF (16-21) 
6-8/240
AGE: 31
4 year games played average: 80.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIA, OKC, GS, IND
Market Value:
Solid veteran wing, somewhere between Danny Green's 4 years 40 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million, may take a smaller contract to play for a winner

Johnson is a good shooter and excellent passer for a SF. He would be an ideal fit in OKC (assuming they re-sign Durant) as a backup scorer. Other playoff teams will want him as well. Despite getting older is still one of the most durable players in the game due to his skill set not relying heavily in athletic ability. 



30. JAMAL CRAWFORD-LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS  
SG (12-20) 6th Man of the year
6-5/199
AGE: 36
4 year games played average: 72.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with LAC, NY, DAL, MIA, ORL
Market Value:
Solid veteran wing, somewhere between Danny Green's 4 years 40 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million

The three time 6th Man of the year is going to get plenty of interest from playoff teams seeking a scorer off the bench. 

31. MARVIN WILLIAMS-CHARLOTTE HORNETS  
PF (15-22)
6-9/237
AGE: 29
3 year games played average: 75.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CHR 
Market Value:
Good veteran power forward, between Taj Gibson's 4 years 33 million and Serge Ibaka's 4 year/49 million

Prototypical stretch four had his best year since 2012. Charlotte appears to be the perfect fit for him . 


32. DAVID WEST-SAN ANTONIO SPURS
PF (15-22)
6-9/250
AGE: 36 in August
3 year games played average: 74.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with IND, NY 
Market Value:
Good veteran power forward, Zach Randolph 2 years/20 million and Dirk Nowitzki 3 years/25 million, like Z-Bo and Dirk

West is an excellent mid-range shooter and one of the toughest players in the league. He took less money to compete for a title with the Spurs. Expect him to sign a two year deal with a playoff team, He should be able to nake up for the 12 million he gave up last year. 

33. ARRON AFFLALO-PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 
SG (21-26)
6-5/215
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 74.0
Possible Destinations: NY, DAL, LAC
Market Value:
Solid veteran wing, somewhere between Danny Green's 4 years 40 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million



Solid #4/5 scorer, was solid but but not anything special in New York last year. He is a low end starting SG that may be better as a high end backup. 

34. COURTNEY LEE-CHARLOTTE HORNETS
SG (21-26)
6-5/200
AGE: 30
3 year games played average: 78.3
Possible Destinations: NY, DAL, LAC
Market Value:
Solid veteran wing, somewhere between Danny Green's 4 years 40 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million



Journeyman that was traded his sixth team when the Grizzlies dealt him to Charlotte. He is pretty much the same player as Afflalo. 

35. JEFF GREEN-LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS  
SF (23-30) 
6-9/235
AGE: 30 in August
4 year games played average: 80.0
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with LAC, DAL, MIA, ORL
Market Value:
Solid veteran wing, somewhere between Danny Green's 4 years 40 million and Andre Iguodala's 4 year/48 million


After having open-heart surgery in 2011, Green has been one of the most durable players in the league. He didn't make the impact the Clipper were hoping he wuld make after they trade for him at the deadline. He may sign a one year prove it contract this year then try to get a bigger deal in 2017. 

36. DERON WILLIAMS-DALLAS MAVERICKS
PG (17-22)
6-3/200
AGE: 32
3 year games played average: 65.6
Possible Destinations: SA, CLV, LAC, Re-sign with DAL
Market Value:
Solid/average point guard, somewhere between Jrue Holiday's 4 year/41 million and Ricky Rubio's 4 year/55 million 


Williams was an All Star early in his career but now would be better served as a high end backup on a contender. He's made over 115 million in his career so taking less money for a contender may not be that crazy. 



37. JARED DUDLEY-WASHINGTON WIZARDS 
SF, PF, SG 
6-7/225
AGE: 31 in July
3 year games played average: 75.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with WAS, 
Market Value:
May take Vet minimum to help a contender, may want at least 6 million to stay with Washington. 

He can play and guard three positions and is among the best percentage shooters in the league. THose that understand the game of basketball know just how important Dudley's impact on the game is. 


38. ZAZA PACHULIA-DALLAS MAVERICKS
C (26-30) 
6-11/275
AGE: 32
3 year games played average: 67.3
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL
Market Value:
Role playing defensive center, around Andrew Bogut's 3 years/36 million 

He fit really well in Dallas. If he wants to stay in Dallas he will need to wait it out as he is the 4th priority among free agents in Dallas. He is a physical defensive big man that can frustrate the other team's star. This guy loves doing the dirty work. 

39. IAN MAHINMI-INDIANA PACERS 
C (26-30) 
6-11/250
AGE: 30 in November 
3 year games played average: 69.6
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with IND
Market Value:
Role playing defensive center, around Andrew Bogut's 3 years/36 million 

See Zaza Pachulia, fit well in Indy but is he in their long term plans? We will see


40. LUIS SCOLA-TORONTO RAPTORS
PF (21-26)
6-9/240 
AGE: 36
3 year games played average: 80.25
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with TOR
Market Value:
Low end starting PF around 8 million

Scola is always undervalued and underappreciated. The aging vet started every game at the four in the regular season for the Raptors. His veteran leadership went a long way in the locker room for a relatively young team. 



Tier 6: Restricted role players that are better as backups than starters, 
Market Value:
Most should get contracts around the Mid Level Exception which should be around 8 million. 

41. JARED SULLINGER-BOSTON CELTICS
PF/C
6-9/280
AGE: 24
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with BOS, PHO, IND, BRK, SAC, TOR 

42. ALLEN CRABBE-PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
SG/SF
6-6/215
AGE: 24
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with POR, BRK, PHL, SAC

43. DION WAITERS-OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
SG
6-5/220
AGE: 24
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with OKC, BRK, PHL, SAC

44. MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
PG/DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST 
6-4/200
AGE: 26 in September
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with CLV, DET, MIL

45. DONATAS MOTIEJUNAS-HOUSTON ROCKETS 
PF/C
7-0/222
AGE: 25
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with HOU, PHO, DEN, BRK, SAC, TOR, LAL 

46. MOE HARKLESS-PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
SF
6-9/220
AGE: 23
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with POR, BRK, PHL, BOS 

47. DWIGHT POWELL-DALLAS MAVERICKS
PF 
6-11/275
AGE: 25 in July
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, PHO, IND, BRK, SAC, TOR, BOS

48. TERRENCE JONES-HOUSTON ROCKETS 
PF 
6-9/252
AGE: 24
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with HOU, PHO, IND, BRK, SAC, TOR, LAL 
Update: Rockets DECLINED Jones's qualifying offer thus making him unrestricted. 


Tier 7: Solid backup point/combo guards
Market Value:
Last year Cory Joseph signed a 4 year 29 million dollar deal which is the best deal for any backup PG in the league 

49. BRANDON JENNINGS-ORLANDO MAGIC 
CG
6-1/169
AGE: 27
Possible Destinations: BRK, CHI, IND, LAC, LAL


50. TY LAWSON-INDIANA PACERS 
PG
5-11/195
AGE: 28
Possible Destinations: ATL, WAS, LAL

51. ERIC GORDON-NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 
SG
6-4/215
AGE: 27
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with NO, NY, MEM, IND

52. ISH SMITH-PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 
PG
6-0/175
AGE: 27
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with PHL, BRK, MIA, ORL 

53. TYLER JOHNSON-MIAMI HEAT 
CG
6-4/186
AGE: 27
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIA, PHL, BRK, NY, MEM, IND

54. MARIO CHALMERS waived by MEMPHIS
CG
6-4/190
AGE: 24
Possible Destinations: CLV, NY, MIA, LAC

55. RAY FELTON-DALLAS MAVERICKS 
PG
6-1/205
AGE: 32
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DAL, CLV, NY, MIA, LAC, SAC, CHR


56. JERRYD BAYLESS-MILWAUKEE BUCKS 
CG
6-3/200
AGE: 28 in August
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MIL, CLV, NY, MIA, LAC, SAC, PHL 



57. GERALD HENDERSON-PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS
SG
6-5/214
AGE: 28
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with POR, BRK, PHL, SAC

58. DJ AUGUSTIN-DENVER NUGGETS 
PG
6-0/183
AGE: 28
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with DEN, MIA, CHI, LAL

59. LANCE STEPHENSON-MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES  
CG
6-5/210
AGE: 26 in September
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with MEM, NY, BRK 


60. LEANDRO BARBOSA-GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
CG
6-3/194 
AGE: 33
Possible Destinations: Re-sign with GS, MIA, CHI, LAL


Tier 8: Best of the rest


61. ROY HIBBERT-LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
C
7-0/270
AGE: 29 in 


62. SOLOMON HILL-INDIANA PACERS
CF
6-7/226
AGE: 25 

63. JORDAN HILL-LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
C/PF 
6-10/235
AGE: 29 in July

64. DERRICK WILLIAMS-NEW YORK KNICKS 
CF
6-8/240
AGE: 25


65. MO SPEIGHTS-GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
C/F
6-10/255
AGE: 29 in August

66. MATT BARNES-MEMPHIS GRIZZLES
CF
6-9/226
AGE: 36



67. BRANDON BASS-LOS ANGELES LAKERS
PF/C 
6-8/250
AGE: 31

68. TIMOFEY MOZGOV-CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
C
7-1/275
AGE: 30 in July

69. KEVIN MARTIN-SAN ANTONIO SPURS
SG
6-7/204
AGE: 33

70. DAVID LEE-DALLAS MAVERICKS

6-10/240
AGE: 3

71. NENE-WASHINGTON WIZARDS 

6-11/250
AGE: 34 in September


72. MICHAEL BEASLEY-HOUSTON ROCKETS 
CF
6-10/235
AGE: 27

73. MIRZA TELETOVIC-PHOENIX SUNS
PF 
6-9/242
AGE: 30


74. AUSTIN RIVERS-LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 
CG
6-4/200
AGE: 24

75. ALONZO GEE-NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
SF 
6-6/225
AGE: 29