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Ranking the NBA free agent tiers

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 29, 2014

Lance Stephenson

2013-14 stats: 13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.6 apg, 0.7 spg.

Comment: Headed for a big payday after a breakout season with the Pacers. Still struggles with immaturity, however, and it could scare some teams away.

Isaiah Thomas (R)

2013-14 stats: 20.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.3 spg.

Comment: One of the most improved players last season. Has amazing scoring ability for his size. Can he have the same impact on a winning team?

Avery Bradley (R)

2013-14 stats: 14.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg.

Comment: Defensive-minded guard who may no longer be needed in Boston after the arrivals of rookies Marcus Smart and James Young.

Marcin Gortat

2013-14 stats: 13.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 bpg.

Comment: Enjoyed a fantastic season with Washington after a preseason trade from Phoenix. Probably will stay put with the up-and-coming Wizards.

TIER 4

Evan Turner (R)

2013-14 stats: 14 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.8 spg.

Comment: No. 2 overall pick from the 2010 draft had a nightmare run with the Pacers after a mid-season trade. He desperately needs a fresh start.

Boris Diaw

2013-14 stats: 9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 0.6 spg.

Comment: Revived his career with the Spurs. Don’t expect him to leave San Antonio now.

Greivis Vasquez (R)

2013-14 stats: 9.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 0.4 spg.

Comment: Quality fringe starting point guard but probably will remain in Toronto.

Michael Beasley

2013-14 stats: 7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.4 spg.

Comment: Time’s running out on the former No. 2 overall pick. After only six seasons, and still only 25, Beasley already is a reclamation project.

Nick Young

2013-14 stats: 17.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.7 spg.

Comment: Averaged 22.8 points per 36 minutes, but he’s never met a shot he didn’t like and might be too much of a free spirit for the Thunder’s tastes.

Kris Humphries

2013-14 stats: 8.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.9 bpg.

Comment: Big body who thrives on rebounding and scoring around the basket.

TIER 5

Shawn Marion

2013-14 stats: 10.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg.

Comment: Still does a little bit of everything at both forward spots. But age has quickly caught up.

Vince Carter

2013-14 stats: 11.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.8 spg.

Comment: Even at 37, he proved to be an effective offensive player for the Mavs. If nothing else, Carter still might value as a spot-up shooter.

Rodney Stuckey

2013-14 stats: Attitude concerns could keep the Thunder away. But Stuckey is a really gifted scorer.

Comment: 13.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.7 spg.

Darren Collison

2013-14 stats: 11.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg.

Comment: Chris Paul’s backup with the Clippers this past season is a fantastic off-the-bench option. But he’s now seeking fair market value.

Ray Allen

2013-14 stats: 9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.7 spg.

Comment: He’ll be 39 on July 20, but he remains a world-class shooter. Most assume he’s hitching what’s left of his wagon to LeBron James, though.

Mike Miller

2013-14 stats: 7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.3 spg.

Comment: He’s 34 and has battled injuries. But if you’re in need of a shooter, there aren’t many better. He turned down the Thunder last summer. Could this year be different?

BARGAIN BIN

C.J. Miles

2013-14 stats: 9.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.9 spg.

Comment: Shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range this past season. Only 27 years old. Once a Thunder target in 2008.

Kirk Hinrich

2013-14 stats: 9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 spg.

Comment: Capable of orchestrating the offense, supplying good defense, knocking down shots and playing both guard spots.

Luke Ridnour

2013-14 stats: 5.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.5 spg.

Comment: Former 14th overall pick is now 33 years old but still can serve as a steady hand, more than likely as the third point guard at this point.

Anthony Morrow

2013-14 stats: 8.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 spg.

Comment: Sensational shooter who bounced back nicely this year from a rough season the year prior. Doesn’t offer much else, though.

Alan Anderson

2013-14 stats: 7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.6 spg.

Comment: Journeyman who’s looking for a home. He’s a solid perimeter shooter and a rugged defender.

Jodie Meeks

2013-14 stats: 15.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg.

Comment: Had a career year on an injury-plagued Lakers team. But he’s entering his prime and could be a terrific addition to any team as a shooting specialist.

(R): Restricted free agent

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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