2014 NBA Free Agents: Best Bargain Big Men Available This Offseason
For all the teams in dire need of a quality big man, but don’t want to break the budget. Here’s your solution:
Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns
After sitting out the entire 2012-2013 season with a heart condition, Channing Frye came back in full force for the Phoenix Suns, averaging 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds.
He provides great interior defense despite his physical limitations and his 37 percent shooting clip from downtown makes him an excellent stretch 4 or 5 for any team in need of more consistent perimeter shooting.
The downside is the big man does have a player option for next season, so it remains to be seen whether or not he will be actually be available on the open market.
Emeka Okafor, Phoenix Suns
Okafor may raise red flags about his durability after failing to register a single game this season, however when healthy, he is easily one of the best interior defenders in the league.
During his time with the Washington Wizards, he became the team’s defensive anchor, posting a jaw dropping defensive rating of 99, while also contributing on the glass by averaging 8.8 rebounds per game.
The only catch to signing Okafor has to be the risk of him potentially getting injured again, however he may be worth the gamble if his body can hold up for another season.
Jordan Hill, Los Angeles Lakers
Jordan Hill may never live up to an ‘All-Star’ or ‘Franchise Changing’ status, nevertheless he could still be a solid option for any team in need of consistent rebounding and constant energy inside.
In only 20.8 minutes, the former Wildcat averaged nearly 10 points and 7.4 rebounds per game- impressive numbers for a player that rarely even starts.
Maybe in the right system (Dallas, Miami, etc.) Hill could thrive with more minutes, however even when he comes off the bench, he still infuses a nice blend of energy and continuous rebounding at either frontcourt position.
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