Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks in action against Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz. (March 7, 2011)

2011 NBA free agent rankings and tracker

From 1 to 32, Bobby Bonett ranks and gives the low-down on the top NBA free agents available in the summer of 2011.


Guide:
PER: Player efficiency rating
Early termination option: Player may opt out of contract
Player option: Player may opt out of contract
Restricted free agent: Player's current team may match any other team's offer
Unrestricted free agent: No strings attached; player may sign anywhere

Note: Age of players is as of Oct. 26, 2011, exactly one year after the start of the 2010-11 season.

UPDATE: Chandler signed a four-year, $56 million deal
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UPDATE: Chandler signed a four-year, $56 million deal with the Knicks.
2. TYSON CHANDLER, CENTER
Dallas Mavericks
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 29
Chandler evolved from an injury prone, lost cause to a top-notch defensive stopper since his run with the U.S. National team. His stock has continued to increase with a strong postseason in Dallas, both rebounding and shutting down opposing bigs. The Mavs will look to bring back Chandler, but they’ll have to pay; Chandler figures to be the top defensive center available in the class.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 10.1 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 18.4 PER
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UPDATE: Gasol reportedly agreed to a four-year, $58
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UPDATE: Gasol reportedly agreed to a four-year, $58 million deal with the Grizzlies.
4. MARC GASOL, CENTER
Memphis Grizzlies
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 26
Gasol emerged as a force down the stretch and in the postseason for the Grizzlies. His stock has risen from an affordable option at center to one of the league’s premiere big men. He hustles non-stop, is a solid option on defense, and is an efficient scorer, shooting 52.7 percent from the floor last season, and 58.1 percent from the floor the season before. It would be crazy for the Grizzlies not to match any offer on Gasol, but if they don’t, he would be a young asset with plenty more potential for a new destination.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 11.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 16.8 PER
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UPDATE: Stuckey agreed to a three-year, $25 million
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UPDATE: Stuckey agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Pistons.
5. RODNEY STUCKEY, POINT GUARD
Detroit Pistons
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 25
Stuck(ey) in Detroit, his improved play flew mostly under the radar. In just his fourth season in the league, though, the young point guard continued to improve. His scoring dipped slightly from last season, but his true shooting percentage improved from 47.9 percent to 54.4 percent, his player efficiency rating shot up from 15.6 to 18.4, and he set a career high in assists. It’s unlikely the Pistons won’t match any offer for their young point guard, but Stuckey seems to be developing into a viable starting option in the NBA.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 15.5 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.2 APG, 18.4 PER
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UPDATE: According to reports, Young agreed to a
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UPDATE: According to reports, Young agreed to a five-year, $42 million deal with the 76ers.
6. THADDEUS YOUNG, POWER FORWARD
Philadelphia 76ers
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 23
Another young, athletic restricted free agent, Young slid into the role of sixth man in Philadelphia after bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and the bench his first three seasons. He embraced it, shooting an other-worldly 54 percent, and playing some vastly improved defense during the Sixers’ stretch run. Young is an undersized power forward and it’s highly unlikely Philadelphia would let a young talent like him skate for free.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 12.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 18.4 PER
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UPDATE: Jordan agreed to a four-year, $43.2 million
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UPDATE: Jordan agreed to a four-year, $43.2 million deal to remain with the Clippers.
9. DEANDRE JORDAN, CENTER
Los Angeles Clippers
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 23
Given the choice between Chris Kaman and DeAndre Jordan as the center of the future, it’s likely the Clippers will choose Jordan. He’s super athletic, explosive on offensive, and will be just 23 to start the 2011-12 season. On top of that, Blake Griffin and him have great chemistry. It does still remain to be seen, though, if Jordan will continue to develop into a force that can deliver 18 points and 12 boards, or if he is more of a raw-athletic talent. Jordan could be an interesting choice for a contender looking to add a center if, for some reason, Los Angeles chooses not to match an offer.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 7.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 14.8 PER
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UPDATE: Signed to a contract in China with
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UPDATE: Signed to a contract in China with no NBA opt-out clause.
10. WILSON CHANDLER, SMALL FORWARD
Denver Nuggets
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 24
What should have been a breakout season for Chandler was marred by inconsistencies, probably because of the constant Carmelo Anthony trade talk. Eventually, he was shipped to Denver where his numbers dipped. While his four-point drop in points per game was expected, his field-goal percentage also plummeted. The Nuggets might not look to bring Chandler back with a healthy Gallinari set to break out in 2011; if they don’t, a contender could look to the former Knick as a complementary piece, or a struggling franchise may look to develop Chandler as an athletic, top-scoring option.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 15.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 14.6 PER
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Update: According to reports, Prince agreed to a
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Update: According to reports, Prince agreed to a four-year, $27 million deal with Detroit
11. TAYSHAUN PRINCE, SMALL FORWARD
Detroit Pistons
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 31
Prince bounced back from an injury-riddled 2009-10 season to put up his usual numbers for the Pistons. He also managed to stay healthy, drawing on the six straight seasons from 2003-04 to 2008-09 that he played every game. Prince is a strong defender and has decent range — though his three-point shooting dwindled this year. Considering his age, there is almost definitely no interest on either side for Prince to return to Detroit next year. He’ll be a good fit on a contender looking for a lanky small forward.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 14.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.8 APG, 15.1 PER
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UPDATE: Signed to a contract in China with
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UPDATE: Signed to a contract in China with no NBA opt-out clause.
13. AARON BROOKS, POINT GUARD
Phoenix Suns
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 26
Brooks’ fourth season served as a major step back. After an early-season injury, Kyle Lowry stepped in and stole the starting point guard role away from Brooks. The timing was precarious, considering Brooks was coming off a career year that included 209 three-pointers made — best in the league — and averages of 19.6 points and 5.3 assists per game. Eventually, the Rockets sent Brooks to Phoenix, where he served as Steve Nash’s backup for the remainder of the season. If a team takes a flier on Brooks, hoping he can get back to his 2009-10 form, he could be the steal of the offseason. Of course, he could also sign a big contract and turn out to be a bust.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 10.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, 13.1 PER
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UPDATE: Crawford agreed to a two-year deal with
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UPDATE: Crawford agreed to a two-year deal with the Trail Blazers.
14. JAMAL CRAWFORD, SHOOTING GUARD
Atlanta Hawks
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 31
Crawford picked the wrong season — a contract year — to have a bad regular season, seeing his points, field-goal percentage and three-point percentage all take major hits from a terrific 2009-10 campaign. He managed to regenerate some hype in the postseason, though, helping lead Atlanta past Orlando in a first round upset. Crawford could return to Atlanta and continue to be one of the league’s elite sixth men, but a team looking for a starting shooting guard with more money than the Hawks could come his way.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 14.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 14.2 PER
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UPDATE: Green agreed to a one-year, $9 million
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UPDATE: Green agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal to remain with the Celtics.
15. JEFF GREEN, SMALL FORWARD
Boston Celtics
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 25
After his sophomore season, Green seemed primed to join the league’s top tier of power forwards. But a poor playoff performance the following season, combined with an ugly stint in Boston this year, have plenty wondering if Green can tap his vast potential. He’s very erratic from the field, makes poor decisions with the ball, and has seen his rebounding numbers shrink continually since his second year. Still, the physical tools are there, and Boston seems committed to bring Green back, especially after dealing Kendrick Perkins for him.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 13.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 12.9 PER
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UPDATE: Humphries agreed to a deal to remain
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UPDATE: Humphries agreed to a deal to remain with the Nets.
16. KRIS HUMPHRIES
New Jersey Nets
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 26
Contract year, career highs . . . ah, the positive effects of dating Kim Kardashian. Humphries broke out in a big way this year, earning a starting role with the Nets and obliterating his career bests in points, rebounding and field-goal percentage. Most teams will probably proceed with caution, wary that Humphries will come back to Earth; somebody will shell out big money, though, hoping he continues to develop. If Humphries does have one peripheral going for him, though, it is that his numbers per 36 minutes of action were on par with what he’s done the rest of his career.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 10.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 17.8 PER
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UPDATE: Barea agreed to a four-year, $19 million
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UPDATE: Barea agreed to a four-year, $19 million deal wit the Timberwolves.
18. JOSE JUAN BAREA, POINT GUARD
Dallas Mavericks
Age on Oct. 26, 2011:
Barea is a tough nut to crack. At just six feet tall, the prospect of him emerging as an elite starting point guard are slim to none. However, his performance off the bench for the Mavericks in the playoffs showed that, if given the opportunity, Barea can run an offense. Once a D-Leaguer, Barea could find himself the starting point guard on a team willing to take a shot after his strong postseason run. More realistically, he’ll catch on somewhere as a backup guard, and look to play himself into a starting role.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 9.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 14.8 PER
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UPDATE: According to reports, Jerebko agreed to a
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UPDATE: According to reports, Jerebko agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Pistons
20. JONAS JEREBKO, POWER FORWARD
Detroit Pistons
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 24
Jerebko missed all of his sophomore campaign due to injury. His rookie season, though, may have turned enough heads to make him a commodity this offseason. The 6-10 power forward averaged 12 points and 7.7 boards per 36 minutes of action, and shot 48 percent from the field. Moreover, Jerebko exhibited some range, hitting 36 three-pointers. The Pistons might look to bring Jerebko back as part of the rebuilding project; if they don’t, though, some team will take a flier hoping that the Sweden-born forward can emerge into a forward in the Dirk Nowitzki mold.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: Did not play, injured
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UPDATE: According to reports, Hill agreed to a
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UPDATE: According to reports, Hill agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal to stay with the Suns.
21. GRANT HILL, SMALL FORWARD
Phoenix Suns
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 39
For an old veteran, Hill doesn’t have too much mileage on his legs thanks to a career dotted with injuries. He’s all of a sudden found a way to stay on the floor during his tenure in Phoenix, though, missing just three games the last three seasons combined. His numbers haven’t dwindled the past few years despite his advanced age, and he seems to be a fit in the Suns’ offense. Hill could also jump ship, looking for a one- or two-year contract with a championship contender. Don’t expect him to leave for just the veteran’s minimum, though; he’ll make more than that on this year’s market.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 13.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 14.8 PER
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UPDATE: According to reports, Battier agreed to a
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UPDATE: According to reports, Battier agreed to a deal with the Miami Heat
27. SHANE BATTIER, SMALL FORWARD
Memphis Grizzlies
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 33
Battier continues to make a living harassing the opposing team’s best scorer. He’s a liability on offense, and at 33 years old to start next season, he may start to lose a step. But for a playoff team, he is a must-have on the wing. There will definitely be teams on the market for a player like Battier to add to the bench, and Memphis, fresh off a surprising run in the playoffs with the veteran, should be among them.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 7.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 12.3 PER
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Update: According to reports, Davis' agent said his
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Update: According to reports, Davis' agent said his client was part of a sign-and-trade deal that would send him to Orlando.
28. GLEN DAVIS, POWER FORWARD
Boston Celtics
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 25
"Big Baby" Davis built a reputation during his previous playoff runs as a gritty, clutch performer. Despite increased playing time his season, Davis didn’t perform, finishing with a very average PER, and very low rebounding numbers for a big. An unrestricted free agent this season, Davis’ destination will depend on the market; if teams are willing to pay, expect Davis to look for a new spot with more playing time. If teams aren’t, he’ll probably stay put in Boston as a reserve four.
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 11.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 12.8 PER
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UPDATE: according to reports, Mbah a Moute agreed
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UPDATE: according to reports, Mbah a Moute agreed to a deal to return to the Bucks.
29. LUC MBAH A MOUTE, POWER FORWARD
Milwaukee Bucks
Age on Oct. 26, 2011: 25
A young defensive specialist, Mbah a Moute is another piece that teams may look to add as a key piece off the bench. Considering he is a restricted free agent, though, it’s unlikely any team will offer enough money to claw him away from the Bucks. With continued development and more playing time, the former second-round pick could turn out to be a shutdown power forward on the defensive end.
Restricted free agent
2011 stats: 6.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 11.5 PER
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