Best of the Rest- GUARDS
Allen Iverson – Nothing came out of the Iverson talks earlier this summer, but if Sessions is out of the picture the Clippers may rekindle negotiations with the 34 year old guard. The issues with signing Iverson have been previously addressed, and most Clippers fans remain terrified that Iverson will ruin team chemistry. Still, Sterling views Iverson as a big ticket draw, and Dunleavy has a history of taking on reclamation projects with big egos. If Iverson were to become a Clipper, it would undoubtedly need to be on a one year deal with an understanding that he would come off the bench. It’s pretty unlikely that will happen, but as long as Iverson is available, the possibility lurks.
Bobby Jackson – The 36 year old guard is on his last legs, but by all accounts Jackson is a good veteran presence who could impart some of his knowledge on younger guards. Jackson can play both guard positions and is primarily a scorer who has to rely more and more on his subpar outside jumper. Despite not being much of a distributor, Jackson is safe with the ball and rarely turns it over. It wouldn’t be the flashiest signing, but Jackson would come cheap and fill a need, without any of the drama.
Rashad McCants- McCants is still young at 24 and has proven scoring ability. In his 2007-2008 campaign with Minnesota, McCants averaged 14.9 ppg while only playing 27 minutes a contest. McCants would stretch the floor and add instant pop off the bench, but is limited to playing just the 2 guard. By most accounts McCants is a poor defender, and his career average of 1.3 assists per 20 minutes is troubling. When McCants is on the court he’s out there primarily to score.
Jacque Vaughn – If a team wants an unselfish 3rd point guard who will unquestionably run his sets, Vaughn is their man. The 34 year old’s value lies in his solid decision making on offense and his hounding of opposing point guards on defense.
Juan Dixon- Dixon is a combo guard who can handle some point guard duties, but is better suited at the two guard. Dixon is primarily a jump shooter who rarely attacks the basket, and because of his size (6′3, 165) he struggles with bigger guards. Dixon is now 30, which makes me question where the last 8 years of my life went.
Gerald Green- Although he has ideal size at 6′8, Green is widely considered to be one of the worst defenders in the game. Green’s amazing athletic ability and great shooting stroke should translate into a solid NBA player, but his serious lack of basketball I.Q. keeps him from doing anything with his immense talent. Still, Green is only 23 years old and with the right coaching he might be able to make something of his career.
Von Wafer- Athletic and skilled with good size for the NBA backcourt, he is a natural scorer who can heat up quickly. Capable of jumping over defenders but is also a very good outside shooter with solid 3-point range.
Luther Head- Head is a career 39% 3 point shooter, but he’s undersized at the 2 guard and can be somewhat of a defensive liability. Still, Head played big minutes in the past as a Houston Rocket and is probably one of the best shooters left available. He doesn’t offer much positional flexibility unfortunately, as he’s not a natural point guard by any means.
Ronald “Flip” Murray – Flip can definitely score when given the minutes, but he does so inefficiently. Flip is a bit of a chucker for not being a great shooter, evidenced by last year being the first time he averaged a true shooting percentage of over 50%. Regardless though, if a team decides to place a premium on scoring for the open roster spot, Flip is probably near the top of the list.
Maurice Ager – Ager was never able to receive substantial playing time for Dallas or New Jersey, so it’s hard to get a good read on him. He was always a good shooter in college, but his athleticism was only so-so. Ager is only 25, but it’s not a good sign that he couldn’t earn playing time on a bad New Jersey team last year.
Kareem Rush – Rush is a good threat from deep, but that’s about it. His career 40% field goal percentage is cause for concern, as are his low rebounding and assist numbers. There appears to be better scorers out on the market.
Desmond Mason – “An OSU standout, and big fan favorite in OKC, Mason has publicly stated that he’d like to stay with the Thunder. For a guy best known for dunkage, Mason’s greatest asset on the court is on the other end of the floor, where he’s your prototypical “long and quick” guy who stays in front of his man effectively.”
Keith Bogans – “He carries the air of “wily veteran” at 29. He’s got good size, can shoot from the outside at a reasonably efficient rate (TS greater than 50% each of the past three seasons), and defend intelligently. More important, Bogans can be bought on the cheap. This wouldn’t be a splashy acquisition, but it would be a smart one.”
Rodney Carney - “Although he’s a bit of a ball-stopper on offense and certainly not a glue guy, Carney is nevertheless an insane athlete who has proven himself to be a capable defender in the NBA. Last season, he put up some impressive on court/off court defensive numbers. At 6-6, he’s quick enough to guard triple-threat shooting guards and big and long enough to handle more physical 3s.”
Sessions- Welcome to the Knicks
I just copy & pasted this stuff. I didn't realize there were so many unrestricted guards still left on the free agent market.
Would you want your favorite team to sign any of these guys? Thoughts/Comments?
i think the Blazers have depth at those positions and wouldnt really need any of those players. all they need is a backup power forward and just wait for their players to develop.
If I am a GM these are my top three in no particular order from this list:
Bogans for all the reasons above and he could play limited numbers at the point if I had to use him while providing solid back up minutes for my 2 guard.
Green because he is still an enigma with his athletic ability, and shoot me for saying the word but his spurtability (It pains me to watch Jay Bilas) on offense.
Head to be a back up pg and 3 point specialist. Doesn't have the skills for the pg position but I cannot put him on the floor as a 2 guard.
6'8, 23 years old, super athletic, and not on a roster
Gerald Green is a mystery, when your that athletic, defense shouldnt be too hard
At 23 with his athleticism and height he has great potential....if only he plans on using it
I also like Von Wafer, he'll do the dirty work, hes good at everything, but "great" at nothing
and Allen Iverson is real interesting to me, every knows what hes capable of ON the court, but unfortunately, everyone also knows what hes capable of OFF the court...wonder if he'll be in the NBA next season
&As for Sessions, right now his agent and Donnie are negotiating terms, im just hoping Donnie doesnt take to long and Ramon says "screw it, im signing with the clippers" lol
I hope the Knicks sign McCants too. They need another scorer/shooter at the SG spot. I think he would play well in their system.
I like Gerald Green alot, I think he has a lot of potential. But that's the thing it could be potential that never gets used. I haven't seen much of him aside from the dunk contest he won and last year when the Mavs would put him in at the end of the game for some garbage time and he would light it up. Then again when they would sub him in at the end of games he would be playing against 3rd string players which makes it a whole lot easier to score, so the jury is out on this guy.
And as a Wizards fan, I'm no longer a big supporter of Juan Dixon. He just could not get consistant at all last year.
Completely missed McCants somehow, huge fan of McCants since his freshmen year at Carolina, I just don't think the current state of the Knicks organization is the place for him, I was thinking of the Celtics for him. They have enough glue players and dirty work players. They could use his instant O and it would allow him to establish himself as a solid backup without a ton of pressure to perform.
On the topic of the Knicks I hope Jordan Hill brings some positive energy to that locker room while making a run at rookie of the year. ROY isn't MVP or anything but it would do the team good to start getting positive press again.
AI is AI, hopefully for him he'll end up in Charlotte with Larry Brown, start at the 2 and make a solid guard rotation with Felton, DJ and Raja. Henderson could contribute at the 2 and 3 and may take some of Raja's minutes.
Green and Carney are long, athletic, young and have huge upsides- their futures depend on how hard they are willing to work and their opportunities.
The rest of the group are either too old or too small for their position.
PsychoT- The Knicks aren't in the best shape right now but after 2010 free agency they are going to be a playoff team. I think McCants would fit good there because their guard play is weak & he would get a lot of playing time. The only problem with the Celtics is they have a lot of backup guards in Eddie House, Giddens, Tony Allen, & Bill Walker. I don't want to see McCants sit on the bench any longer.
My thoughts were he was a better back up at this point then Giddens, Allen or Walker so he would only have House in front of him. I based my answer on todays landscape, after 2010 free agency you could go on a limb and say anyone who signs 2 of the big names could be in the playoffs.
McCants would flourish in NY... definitely showed NO effort defensively when he was in MN. He simply didn't care, which is not going to get it done in the NBA. He is extremely talented offensively
vvvon wafer is my pick because i didnt hear a lot about him but when i saw him play in houston he was really good. Hes got a good shot and isnt afraid to take it in the lane and dunk on someone.
Knicks should take Gerald Green he could flourish under Mike and i think it would be a good pick up but only if he keeps his attitude up and plays within his limits so that he doesn't stunt his growth by being sat on the bench