2014 NBA Free Agency: Top 5 Point Guards
With Kyrie Irving locked up to a new long-term deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA teams without a stud point guard might be thinking now more than ever about improving at that spot. Luckily free agency is about to be in full swing and there should be some quality talent available that’s ripe for the plucking.
Let’s take a look at the five best point guards that can be had for top dollar on the open market:
1. Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) – Unrestricted Free Agent
Lowry is without a doubt the top point guard on the open market, both because he’s the most complete player and because he’s a straight up unrestricted free agent with elite talent. Toronto is trying their hardest to keep him in Canada but that will be easier said than done, as Lowry could follow a combination of money and a better chance to win. The Raptors improved greatly last year and Lowry reportedly loves his teammates, so it’s going to be a tough call.
Potential fits: Heat, Lakers, Rockets, Knicks
2. Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix Suns) – Restricted Free Agent
Bledsoe has developed into a quality pass-first point guard, but offers extra versatility as a combo guy who can also play the two. He’s a legit starter at this point, either way, as his offensive skill-set, elite athleticism and ability to defend make him a player that needs to be on the court at all times. He struggled to stay healthy last year, but it shouldn’t affect his ability to get paid. The Suns would love to keep him, but he’ll get a ton of huge offers. It may be difficult for them to match.
Potential fits: Lakers, Kings, Mavericks, Pacers
3. Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) – Restricted Free Agent
Thomas is still with the Kings for now, but they clearly are undecided on what to do with him. He certainly doesn’t have a shortage of interested teams, but the Kings can match any offer he gets if they so choose. A sign and trade deal is a very possible end result here, although he has the offensive skill-set to be a key piece in Sacramento’s plans. Whether or not that happens is up to them.
Potential fits: Celtics, Pistons, Mavericks, Lakers
4. Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) – Unrestricted Free Agent
Freshly released by the young and rebuilding Magic, Nelson still has some gas left in the tank at 32 years old. He proved the past two years he can still score, pass and lead a team, but his athleticism and efficiency are both in decline. He could still start for a middling team, but he’d be wise to chase down a smaller role with a contending team.
Potential fits: Rockets, Knicks, Mavericks, Heat
5. Shaun Livingston (Brooklyn Nets) – Unrestricted Free Agent
You can also toss Greives Vasquez and Patty Mills in the mix for this fifth spot, but Livingston is arguably the more complete player and offers a little more versatility than those two guys. He flashed starter potential again in spots last year, while at the worst he can give solid minutes as a spark off the bench to his new team.
Potential fits: Kings, Raptors, Warriors, Timberwolves
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