September 21, 2023

These are the best surviving NBA free agents

These are the top remaining NBA free agents who originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

All major dominoes have fallen in 2023 NBA free agency.

The big names like Kyrie Irving and Draymond Green had new deals in their hands within hours and top players like Austin Reaves and Brook Lopez came off the board shortly after.

Now the basketball world has its eyes on the situations of Damian Lillard and James Harden, in addition to the Las Vegas Summer League where Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson will play their first unofficial NBA games.

But just because free agency has taken a backseat in NBA discourse doesn’t mean there aren’t contributors in the marketplace. Here’s a look at some of the best remaining free agents.

Who are the best available NBA free agents?

Will Barton, G, Raptors (UFA)

Barton, 32, had a rough first season away from the Nuggets. He recorded 40 games with the Wizards, averaging just 7.7 points in 19.6 minutes per game, before being bought out in February. After signing with Toronto, Barton posted 4.5 points in 13.2 minutes over 16 games.

In 2022–23, Barton posted a career-worst field goal percentage of 37.9, with his points average (6.8) and minutes per game (17.7) being the lowest since 2013–14. He was a double-digit scorer, playing about 30 minutes per game during his more than seven seasons in Denver.

Terence Davis, G, Kings (UFA)

A 2019-20 Second Team All-Rookie selection, Davis went into free agency after more than two seasons in Sacramento. But Davis saw his playing time drop to 13.1 minutes during his Kings tenure last season. He averaged 6.7 points over 64 games in 2022-23, shooting 42.3% from the field and 36.6% from depth. The 26-year-old is a career 36.6% 3-point shooter.

Ayo Dosunmu, G, Bulls (RFA)

The Bulls have re-signed Coby White and brought in Jevon Carter so far, but fellow guard Dosunmu remains on the market. The 2021-22 Second Team All-Rookie roster averaged 8.6 points in 26.2 minutes per game last season and shot 49.3% from the field. The 23-year-old’s 3-point percentage fell from 37.6% to 31.2% in Year 2.

Kelly Oubre Jr., F, Hornets (UFA)

Barring a return to Charlotte, Oubre Jr. switching teams for the fifth time in six seasons. The 27-year-old is actually coming off the best season of his career in terms of scoring after putting up 20.3 points on a 43.1/31.9/76.0 shooting in Year 2 with the Hornets. However, he was limited to 48 games due to hand surgery.

Terrence Ross, G/F, Suns (UFA)

Ross is one of two notable ex-Suns grand pianos still on the market. The 32-year-old joined Phoenix midway through the season after being bought out by the Magic in February. In 21 games with the Suns, Ross averaged 9.0 points in 18.4 minutes per game off the bench. A career 36.2% 3-point shooter, Ross shot 36.8% from deep with 4.1 attempts per game last season.

TJ Warren, F, Suns (UFA)

Warren returned from a prolonged injury-related absence in 2022-23, splitting time between Brooklyn and Phoenix after coming to the Suns in the Kevin Durant trade. Across 42 games, the 29-year-old averaged 4.2 points in 16.4 minutes, shooting 48.9% from the field and 32.8% from depth. Warren was unable to regain his form from 2019-20, which was his last full season in which he tallied 19.8 points while shooting 40.3% of his 3s and 53.6% of his shots overall hit.

PJ Washington, F, Hornets (RFA)

Washington has a strong case for being called the single best remaining free agent. Washington, the 12th overall pick in 2019, has averaged 30.2 minutes per game and recorded 219 starts in his 260 NBA games. The 24-year-old racked up a career-high 15.7 points last season and boasts a shooting score of 45.0/36.6/71.1.

Christian Wood, C, Mavericks (UFA)

It’s probably safe to say that Wood won’t be getting a free agent contract similar to the three-year, $41 million deal he received from Houston in 2020. After an offseason trade to Dallas, Wood started just 17 of 67 games for the Mavericks. in 2022-23. The 27-year-old averaged 16.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.9 minutes, shooting 51.5% from the field and 37.6% on 4.2 three-point attempts.

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