Top 5 Point Guards Available on the NBA Free Agent Market
Even though the free agency period is beginning to die down, there’s still a large number of high quality point guards available on the open market. From sixth men, to bench warmers, to sure fire starters, checkout which floor generals rank in our top 5:
1. Eric Bledsoe/Restricted/Previous Team: Suns
Stats: 17.7 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.7 RPG, 47.7 FG%
With the Suns continuing to add point guards into their backcourt (Tyler Ennis, Isaiah Thomas Goran Dragic), you would think Bledsoe’s days with the team are numbered.
However according to team president Lon Babby, they’re still committed to keeping the star guard around via Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro:
“We’ll continue to work as hard as we can within that restricted free agency system established by the collective bargaining agreement,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Monday. “We continue to hope and expect that he will remain in a Suns uniform.”
2. Jameer Nelson/Unrestricted/Previous Team: Magic
Stats: 12.1 PPG, 7.0 APG, 39.4 FG%, 34.8 3FG%
Jameer Nelson has received interest from numerous contenders including the Dallas Mavericks, who currently are in dire need of a starting caliber floor general via hoopsrumors.com:
“Free agent point guard Jameer Nelson is scheduled for a face-to-face visit with the Mavericks on Thursday, sources tell ESPN’s Marc Stein, who adds that Dallas is still equipped with its $2.7MM exception and hopes to ultimately complete a deal with the former All-Star.”
3. Ramon Sessions/Unrestricted/Previous Team: Bucks
Stats: 12.3 PPG, 4.1 APG, 42.9 FG%
It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for Ramon Sessions, but he’s finally drawn consideration from both the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls after weeks with little to no interest.
“Charlotte Hornets have expressed interest in re-signing Ramon Sessions, per source. Chicago Bulls and several other teams also reached out.”
4. Jordan Crawford/Unrestricted/Previous Team: Warriors
Stats: 11.0 PPG, 3.5 APG, 41.5 FG%, 31.6 3FG%
Although he’s considered more of a combo guard, Crawford showed he was more than capable of manning the point guard position during his successful stint with the Boston Celtics.
So far the Mavericks, Nets, Lakers, Bulls and Knicks have all considered pulling off a sign-and-trade for Crawford, but it remains unclear if they’ll actually do so since this report was from a few weeks ago.
Via Yahoo Sports:
“The Golden State Warriors are willing to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal for free agent Jordan Crawford because of their logjam of guards, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Crawford is receiving interest from the Nets,Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks, the source said.”
5. Mo Williams/Unrestricted/Previous Team: Blazers
Stats: 9.7 PPG, 4.3 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.9 3FG%
Even though William’s production slipped last season, he proved to be a reliable sixth man for the Blazers off of the bench, playing either guard position relatively well and adding that scoring punch the team desperately needed.
Currently he’s only received interest from the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics, but he should find a home by the time the season rolls around given his offensive intangibles and veteran leadership.