Ranking the 10 Best NBA Free Agents in 2020
Are you ready for a completely chaotic free agency?
Following a pretty lifeless 2020 NBA Draft, free agency should prove to be a lot more entertaining. That's because free agency is one of the most exciting parts of the offseason.
With some of the best players in the NBA able to switch teams each year, free agency can completely change the NBA world.
This season, there are some interesting free agency possibilities out there, including one of the best players in the NBA having the ability to decide his fate heading into the 2020-2021 campaign.
Here are the 10 best free agents on the market.
10. Christian Wood
Christian Wood has incredible timing. He's hitting free agency at the perfect time.
The 6-10 Wood really carved a role for himself when he entered the Pistons' starting lineup late in the season. He nearly averaged a double-double in his final 13 games.
At just 25, Wood seems like a good bet to continue to grow and spread his roots, I mean, wings.
Update: Wood inked a three-year, $41 million deal with the Rockets, according to ESPN.
9. Joe Harris
Harris is going to be a popular player on the free-agent market because of his superior shooting.
The Nets' free agent has a career three-point shooting percentage of nearly 43% and he averaged a career-high 14.5 points last season.
Brooklyn will absolutely want to bring back the 29-year-old to play alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but every single team in the league wants to have more shooters so when a knockdown scorer becomes available, it could become a bidding war.
Update: Harris re-signed with the Nets, per The Athletic.
8. Davis Bertans
Harris isn't the only sharpshooter available in free agency. In fact, he's not even the best one available because of the presence of the Latvian Laser.
Bertans will be a perfect stretch-four for a team that needs spacing.
Update: Bertans re-signed with the Wizards on a five-year, $80 million deal.
7. Danilo Gallinari
With the Thunder apparently going into a deep rebuild, it's highly unlikely they'll bring back the 32-year-old forward.
It'll be fascinating to see what kind of deal Danilo Gallinari gets on the market as he's on the wrong side of 30 and he's had a litany of injuries in his career. But when he's on the court, like has been the past couple of seasons, Gallinari has been a solid contributor. He averaged 18.7 points and shot over 40% from beyond the arc last season, so he's definitely getting paid. The only question is, by who?
Update: Gallinari signed a three-year, $61.5 million deal with the Hawks, per ESPN.
6. Goran Dragic
An unrestricted free agent, the 34-year-old guard can both score and distribute the basketball, without being ball-dominant.
While his age is a concern, that could make him a bargain on a short-term deal. It'd be a surprise if the Heat don't re-up the guard.
UPDATE: Dragic will re-sign with the Heat.
5. Bogdan Bogdanovic (RFA)
There's already drama surrounding Bogdan Bogdanovic's free agency.
The Kings' restricted free agent was on the verge of being a Milwaukee Buck after a sign-and-trade deal, but the deal is dead after the league investigated for tampering.
The Bucks are moving on from their pursuit of restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic, who will scan market across league, sources tell me and @sam_amick.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 20, 2020
The sharpshooter will be wanted by multiple franchises. At 28, the Serbian has a career three-point percentage of 37.2. He'll be a valuable piece for a team that needs spacing, like the Bucks.
4. Fred VanVleet
Not many players have improved their stock more than Fred VanVleet has over the past couple of seasons.
While it is early in his career, it is already safe to say that VanVleet is turning into one of the better players in the NBA in terms of making winning plays. After becoming an integral part of the Raptors' championship team, the undrafted point guard's role grew when Kawhi Leonard departed for Los Angeles.
And VanVleet stepped up.
He is excellent at getting the ball into the paint and creating both for himself and teammates, and his three-point shot is a consistent 39.3% for his career as well. Consistency is a theme for VanVleet as a player, as you know that you are going to get a rock-solid piece to build a winner with when he is on the roster.
3. Gordon Hayward
Things must have been pretty bad if the talented wing is forgoing $34.2 million. That or he probably feels pretty good about getting a long-term deal — from the Celtics or another squad — when free agency starts.
Despite a gruesome leg injury, Hayward should be a highly coveted wing because he offers playmaking, scoring and defense in a depressed free-agent market.
2. Brandon Ingram (RFA)
The restricted free agent isn't going anywhere as the Pelicans will surely match any offer that Ingram receives.
In his lone campaign with the Pelicans, the former Duke star averaged a career-high 23.8 points per game.
1. Anthony Davis
The seven-time All-Star is a free agent in name only. He opted out of his contract with the Lakers to become a free agent, but that's just a formality because he'll be signing a long-term, max contract to stay in Los Angeles.
While the Lakers gave up a lot to acquire the former Pelicans big man, things could not have gone better for Los Angeles. Davis fit in perfectly with the purple and gold and brought home the franchise's first championship since 2010.
With LeBron James not getting any younger, Davis is the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise, and their most valuable asset... once they do re-sign him.
Follow Lance Cartelli on Twitter @CasuallyGinger
Photo: Getty Images/Lines Illustration