Dallas Mavericks: Jameer Nelson Contract Grade

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Contract: 2 seasons, 5.5 million (there’s a player option)

The Mavericks just keep adding talent. The Mavericks may have Raymond Felton, Devin Harris and Gal Mekel at point guard, but they have wisely signed Jameer Nelson, who is actually the best of the group. Felton is lucky he isn’t going to prison, Harris is best as an elite sixth man and Makel hasn’t proven himself in the NBA, so Nelson should be the starter, although that’s just a maybe next season.

Regardless of whether he starts, Nelson is the best point guard on their roster and he just averaged 12 points and 7 assists per game. The Mavericks need a pure distributor as their starter, as they have Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons, 3 excellent scorers in their starting 5 and need someone to run their offense and give their scores the ball. Nelson has started for a number of contending teams as the 2nd star next to Dwight Howard and is just 32, so there is little reason to think that if given similar playing time he cannot replicate his 12-7 numbers or produce even more. He isn’t perfect, as his shooting percentage is too low, but he is a very strong 3 point shooter and for a starting point guard rarely gives the ball away. He also isn’t much of a defender, however he is just a tough, effective and productive veteran with excellent leadership skills. It is really telling that he just had arguably his poorest season in the NBA, yet I would still pick him to start for the Mavericks. He is easily the best point guard on the roster

Nelson starting or playing off the bench isn’t really a big deal, although it is best for the team, what matters for them is that they signed a solid starting point guard on a championship contender for less than 3 million per season. An incredible value for the Mavericks.

 

Grade: A+

Minnesota Timberwolves: Robbie Hummel Resigning Grade

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Contract: 1 season, minimum

As a fan of Hummel I love that he is still in the NBA. He said no to the NBA on multiple occasions in college to stay at Purdue, yet tore his knee and there was a strong chance that he wouldn’t be able to make it to where he is today. However he was drafted and played well enough to earn a 2nd season and another contract from the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves may have about 26 perimeter players already on their roster, but they are a roster with a lot of question marks as their franchise player Kevin love is about to be traded, so they are continuing to just add young talent and as they are about to be a team that is rebuilding that is a smart idea.

As for how he produces, it is difficult to really say, as he only played 655 minutes in 53 games, so I will go to the per 36 minute stats, as it is the best way to see how a player in limited minutes produces. Per 36 minutes he averaged 9.9 and 7.3 rebounds per game and even though he only shot 37.9 percent from the field which has to get better by at least 4 percent, he shot a very respectable 36 percent from 3. Because of his shooting, rebounding and how hard he works, he proved that he can be a rotation player in the NBA.

For the minimum this is an excellent value signing, but with Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad on the wing, even though one or more of these players could be apart of the Kevin Love trade, they have more than enough perimeter players so playing time isn’t a given. Regardless, it is a nice move for Minnesota.

Grade: A-

Detroit Pistons: What’s Greg Monroe’s Value?

By Jennifer Fazioli: Lead Writer/Hoopstuff…

It’s now more than three weeks since the start of free agency and most of the top end players on the market have been signed. Yet one of the Detroit Pistons’ valuable big man, Greg Monroe, remains in limbo – not actively shopping himself to other teams or entertaining meetings with them, but also not in serious discussions with the Pistons about a new contract. Along with the Phoenix Suns’ Eric Bledsoe, Monroe is the highest value player still remaining on the (restricted) open market. Both are facing what appears to be a dried up market for their services, with many teams unwilling to be tied up for three days on an offer sheet it is assumed will be matched by their incumbent teams anyway. While Bledsoe believes – and is probably correct – that the Suns lowballed him with their offer of four years/$48 million and is currently waiting on the Suns to raise their offer to a more appropriate level, Monroe has never been formerly offered any kind of deal by the Pistons. There were vague reports back in early July that the two sides were discussing a five year/$60 million deal similar to the one Marcin Gortat had just received from the Washington Wizards – a very solid offer and one that Monroe would have been wise to snatch up – but it appears that nothing ever came of those talks. And so Monroe waits and as he does the debate continues on what his value actually is.

While Monroe has been largely silent his agent, David Falk, has said that they believe Monroe to be worth a max contract and are actively seeking such a deal which at this time would be in the neighborhood of four years/$63 million. This would be equivalent to the extension that Sacramento Kings’ star big man Demarcus Cousins just signed. While Monroe is a talented young big man that money is more in line with what frontcourt mate Andre Drummond will command should he ever hit the open market and represents the more apt comparison for Cousins. At 6’11” 250 pounds Monroe actually functions much more like a center in today’s NBA in some respects than he does as a true power forward. While he is a clear offensive weapon in the low post with the ability to attack from anywhere off the elbow, Monroe doesn’t even come close to resembling the stretch four that has been so highly valued in recent years by the majority of teams. He demonstrates no ability to space the floor or hit a reliable jump shot. In fact over 50 percent of his shots came within three feet of the basket last season, with only 16 percent of his attempts being released from beyond 10 feet, where he shoots just 30 percent. Monroe’s defense is relatively subpar – his defensive real plus minus (DRPM) ranked just 36th among all power forwards – and he can’t adequately protect the rim; a key trait in any sought after big man. In fact opposing power forwards registered a player efficiency rating well above the league average (21.2) when facing him.

 

Monroe’s own player efficiency rating, a statistic which trends more towards the offensive side of the game – Monroe’s supposed strength – was just 23rd among power forwards (18.16) and his true shooting percentage, an underwhelming 53.1 was 45th among all other qualifying fours. Not good numbers to be sure. However Monroe did just complete his third straight season averaging 15 points and nine rebounds per game, a feat that places him in the company of Dwight Howard, Cousins, David Lee, Kevin Love, and Al Jefferson as the only other active players to do so. The problem is with such a limited skill set and absent the versatility to serve as a team’s primary offensive weapon then Monroe cannot realistically be viewed as a max player and for Falk to keep insisting he is just further limits the market for Monroe.

 

The biggest issue that has led to Monroe’s stalled growth is not even under his control. Last offseason former Pistons’ GM Joe Dumars made the decision to forgo signing Monroe to a lucrative contract extension when he first became eligible for one, instead electing to sign Josh Smith to an overpriced deal. That choice – one that might have effectively brought about his “resignation” at the conclusion of the season – created a logjam at power forward that led to some odd offensive game plans by former head coach Maurice Cheeks who really had no clue how to best play two power forwards together. A frontcourt of Smith, Monroe, and Drummond became a spacing nightmare and one that failed to move the ball efficiently or create high percentage shots for the rest of the team. It is not too far off to believe that Monroe’s potential and effectiveness are being stifled by the presence of Smith who was forced into the small forward role which all but encouraged him to jack up an impossibly bad rate of inefficient shots, a tendency he had even when playing his normal position. Meanwhile Monroe’s usage rate (20.6) remained low even though his sweet spot – shots right around the basket – offers the highest percentage made shots on the court. Between Smith and point guard Brandon Jennings’ dual ball domination Monroe’s gift as a capable passer (he had an assist percentage of 18.6 in 2012-13; a rate rarely seen among big men) barely showed up in his game last season.

The Sacramento Kings have long been interested in trading for Smith (it’s really not possible to discern any kind of sense from the Kings’ long term plan or if they even have one at this point) which would only be to the benefit of Monroe. However that may be what is causing some of the holdup with getting a deal done with Monroe. Detroit is not sure what to do about Monroe until they have the Smith ‘problem’ resolved. New president and Coach Stan Van Gundy is well aware that the pairing of Smith and Monroe did not work last year. Still it is hard to get a feel for Van Gundy’s true feelings on Monroe as he has alternately claimed that Detroit has no intention of trading Monroe, only to state in the next breath that they “either want him back or we want good value for him.” That statement doesn’t exactly sound like that of a team overly committed to a player. And even though Monroe has never publicly complained about playing alongside Smith, tying himself to Smith for at least another three years may have been why he was hesitant to sign the 5 year/$60 million offering that may or may not have been on the table.

 

Recent reports have the Phoenix Suns entering the mix for Monroe recently. The Suns do have money to spend.  In fact when the initial interest was reported the Suns had $15.2 million in available cap space, enough to extend a max offer sheet to Monroe. That was before they signed Anthony Tolliver to fill some of the void created when Channing Frye left for Orlando. Some even theorized that they would attempt to sign both Monroe and Bledsoe. If they did so they would lose long term cap flexibility – retaining such flexibility is very much a top priority of young GM Ryan McDonough and thus would not fit with their team building model. In any event Monroe doesn’t fit in with the Suns’ current roster and head coach Jeff Hornacek’s up tempo offensive philosophy. Monroe is not an efficient pick-and-roll screener and he can’t open driving lanes for aggressive point guards who can get to the basket at will – of whom the Suns now have three. Just as he can’t set screens on the offensive end, Monroe also hasn’t been very successful in containing the pick and roll on the defensive side of the ball. At times he almost appears as if he’s anchored to the ground and just is not very mobile. The Suns may need another true starting big man but Miles Plumlee was solid for them last year and comes at a greatly discounted rate in comparison to what Monroe is seeking and second year player Alex Len may finally be healthy and ready to contribute at a higher level. Waiting on the development of both of these young players seems to be a more sound decision than bringing in another team’s still developing player at a much more expensive price. If the Suns bow out it is growing increasingly clear that Monroe will remain with the Pistons at least through December.

In Greg Monroe the Pistons have a still developing big man with a solid offensive game in the low post, the willingness and energy to crash the boards at a high rate, and a skillful passer. Conversely they also have a player that has trouble protecting the rim, is limited to a small area of the court from which he can effectively shoot, is subpar in several defensive areas, and cannot space the floor for 3-point shooters. After just four seasons in the NBA and at only 24 years of age his game still has room to grow and the potential is there. But it’s not going to show itself on this particular roster which is why if nothing materializes on the open market soon Monroe would be better off signing his $5.5 million qualifying offer and trying his hand at unrestricted free agency next summer…..while hoping that the Kings really are dumb enough to take on the remaining three years of Josh Smith’s deal. This is asking Monroe to leave an awful lot of money on the table and may be the reason it probably won’t happen. But as the days until the start of training camp get shorter in number Monroe’s other options do as well.

 

San Antoino Spurs: Matt Bonner Signing Grade

By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff…

Deal: 1 year/$1.4 million (veterans’ minimum)

The Spurs have resigned backup big man Matt Bonner. Last season, Bonner played behind Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan all the way up to the championship. Outside of the Spurs Big 3, Bonner is the only player left from the Spurs ’07 championship team.

Bonner has never been a star. Last season, he averaged 3.2 PPG and 2.1 RPG, while appearing in 61 games. In his career, he peaked at 8.2 PPG and 4,8 RPG during the ’06-’07 season. His numbers fell even lower in the 2014 postseason, where he put up only 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds.

Regardless of his less-than-stellar numbers, Bonner does have skills that the Spurs value. He fits into the Spurs style because he is good at moving the ball. He also is an elite shooter, shooting .429 from 3. The thing to like about Bonner is that there’s nothing he does blatantly wrong. He is disciplined with the ball and doesn’t make mental errors. He knows his abilities and accepts his own limitations . When you can snag a bench player for $1.4 million that fits your system and has the veteran presence of mind not to make errors, you really can’t complain. It’s also only one year, meaning if Bonner slips too far, they can just move on from him next summer.

A bargain signing is a bargain signing no matter how small. Hopefully Bonner makes it worth the Spurs time, but he is so familiar the Spurs, so excellent in his role and so beloved by the fans that he will. Whether he is in the rotation or is just a part timer he will help the Spurs when he plays and he is an excellent veteran for their perfect locker room. He really is the ideal  San Antonio Spur.

Grade: B+

Detroit Pistons: Cartier Martin and Aaron Gray Signing Grades

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Cartier Martin Contract: 2 seasons, veteran’s minimum (about 2 million, player option)

Martin has played for 5 teams in 6 seasons (3 this season) and has only played in 220 games, but he has produced when he has played. He is an excellent shooter, with a 38.3 3 point percentage in the NBA including 39.1 percent this season. It is difficult to show his value in normal statistics, as he has only had 1 season where he played more than 20 minutes per game, but in that season with the Wizards he averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in 23 minutes and shot 4.4 3 pointers per game on 38.7 percent 3 point shooting, so he showed that he can be a rotation player. The Pistons are very young on the perimeter, with Kentavious Caldwell Pope and Josh Smith (if he is still on the roster) probable starters and with Jodie Meeks and Kyle Singer as the bench shooters and scorers. Regardless, looking at their rotation, Martin can carve a role for himself. In his 220 NBA games he has averaged per 36 minutes 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds and will produce whether he is apart of their rotation or in a part time role. However for about a million per season, he is a strong value.

Grade: Grade A

Aaron Gray Contract: 2 season contract, money isn’t disclosed (Likely minimum)

Gray is really big and tall, that’s something right? Boasting an NBA average of 3.4 points and 3.7 points per game in 318 games in 7 seasons and with 4 teams (now 5) he can produce, but to properly see his on court value, per 36 minute statistics need to be used. 1 of these stats is pretty incredible, but in a negative way, as in all but 1 season he has averaged more than 6 fouls. As for production, he’s averaged 10 points on 50.9 percent shooting, 11.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in these 36 minutes. He can score, is a strong rebounder, but as he is 7 feet tall and 270 pounds, he is one of the biggest players in the NBA, yet he isn’t a shot blocker and somehow has averaged more steals than blocks in this league. He isn’t a starter or really a 2nd unit player, he is a 12 minute per game player who will use his weight in the paint and rebound, but these players are needed in the NBA. If it is for the minimum, it is a solid signing for a 4th big man in the rotation.

Grade: B+

Dallas Mavericks: Al Farouq Aminu Signing Grade

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Contract: 2 seasons, minimum (player option)

This is one of the best value contracts in the NBA. With Rashard Lewis’s contract voided because of injury, they moved to small forward Al Farouq Aminu to give them depth and signing him for the minimum is a steal. He is just 23, has started for 2 seasons and has 2 excellent skills, defense and rebounding and getting a young player with that level of skill for that little is ridiculous. Aminu’s value is at least 3 million per season.

Even though the Mavericks already signed 2 small forwards this offseason, Chandler Parsons and Richard Jefferson, with Parsons getting the max and each far bigger names, Aminu should have a role on this team as he is arguably the team’s best perimeter defender and his rebounding numbers for a perimeter player (7.7 and 6.2 in his 2 starting seasons) are elite. While he can defend and rebound, he has a problem offensively, mostly with his shooting. He can’t shoot, but he has wisely realized this and after shooting 143 3′s as a rookie, he has only shot 114 in the 3 seasons since. Regardless, he is still a very efficient scorer as in his 2 seasons as a starter he has shot 47.5 and 47.4 percent from the field, so at least he’s consistent. However, just 7.2 points and 1.4 assists in 25+ minutes per game this season aren’t enough for a starter. He should have a role on this team though, as a perimeter stopper and he can play the 4 in small ball units because of his size (6’9), which makes him versatile and even more valuable.

You cannot get better value than a perimeter defender and rebounder who is just 23, was the 8th pick in the draft and has 2 seasons as a starter for only the minimum. The potential is there for him to play a big role on this team and he should play about 20 minutes per game and for a contender and for just about 1 million dollars. Another excellent signing by Marc Cuban and Donnie Nelson this offseason.

Grade: A+

Houston Rockets: Daniels, Smith, Dorsey Signing Grades

By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content @ Hoopstuff…

Troy Daniels Contract: 2 years, 2 million

Daniels came from the D-League late last season and played very well for the Rockets during their disappointing playoff run, including saving them from the brink of elimination in the thrilling game 3 and hitting four of his five attempts in a game 4 loss and thanks to those performances he likely won’t be playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this year. His shooting in the playoffs proved that he wasn’t just taking advantage of lesser opponents in the D-League, this season however he needs to diversify his game so defenders can’t just load up on his shot and have to worry about any other aspect of his game; if he can do that his shooting ability will become even more deadly. With that said I still like this signing at just a million annually. It isn’t much to write home about but he has an NBA skill and with the Houston’s style of offense, fits very well.

Grade: A

Ishmael Smith Contract: 1 year, minimum

Another reserve guard competing for minutes will be Smith, a drive and kick point guard that has shot 90 percent of his attempts from inside the three point line over his career. He hasn’t had much experience in the league, playing just 11.5 minutes per game for six teams over four years, and isn’t much of a scoring threat either averaging just 3.7 points per game last season in Phoenix. What he brings to the table is a solid distributor, 6.4 assists per 36 minutes with just 2.3 turnovers last year, and defense with 1.8 steals per 36 and .5 block at just 6 feet tall. Little risk here and while not a huge potential reward, it’s not a bad deal.

Grade: B-

Joey Dorsey Contract: 2 years, minimum

Dorsey has played overseas since the end of the 2010-11 season but has found his way back to the NBA for his third stint with the Rockets. With the trade of Omer Asik Houston needs rebounding and Dorsey has the potential to give them just that, with per 36 minute numbers of 13.3 rebounds for his career and 16.7 during his most recent stretch for Houston. He is undersized for his position however at just 6’8, isn’t a scorer, doesn’t have any range on his jumper with all of his attempts coming from 10 feet and in and he is a pathetic free throw shooter at 47 percent over his career. I don’t see the production potential here but at a minimum contract I can’t hate this deal too much.

Grade: C

 

New York Knicks: Jason Smith And Cole Aldrich Signing Grades

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

Jason Smith Contract: 1 season, 3.3 million

This is an excellent signing for the Knicks. Their only big men were Amar’e Stoudemire, Jeremy Tyler and Andrea Bargnani and with Tyler injured, Stoudemire usually injured and Bargnani very medicore, Smith should play a big role for the team and could start for them at the 4 or 5 depending on if they play small with Anthony at the 4. Smith is a strong scoring and rebounding big man who was injured for most of the season, but still averaged about 10 points and 6 rebounds per game in 26.8 minutes per game. He isn’t a 3 point shooter, but he has a very strong mid range game and is efficient at better than 47 percent shooting in the NBA. They signed a player coming off injury for a steal of a contract considering his skills and potential role with the team. One of the better moves of the offseason.

Grade: A+

Cole Aldrich Contract: Probable 1 season, vet minimum

Aldrich is also a very nice signing for the Knicks. They need size and he has it, they need rebounding and defense and he has those too. In 4 seasons, with 4 teams he has played just 135 games and just 7 minutes per game, so his numbers aren’t much, about 2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game. He isn’t Tyson Chandler, but per 36 minutes, which is the easiest way to properly analyze a role player’s production, he has averaged an excellent 9.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. He just hasn’t received playing time in the NBA, although he probably hasn’t earned it. Regardless, he can rebound and protect the rim, a lot like Chandler and if he can even play half as well as Chandler, this investment will be an incredible one. He has the tools and the ability, he just has to get the minutes to prove himself. With their big men mediocre and lacking defense and size, he may be getting his chance this season, as he is the best rebounder and shot blocker of the bunch. An excellent depth and need signing by Phil Jackson.

Grade: A

Chicago Bulls: Trade The Farm For Kevin Love

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

The Chicago Bulls have again become a player for Kevin Love. As a Bulls fan I love it. Next season the Bulls actually have no need for Kevin Love and it will cost a lot of assets, but this is Kevin Love I am talking about, one of the best players in the league and arguably the best big man in the NBA. He just averaged 26.1-12.5-4.5, is only 25, he would like to play for the Bulls and the Bulls have the pieces to acquire him, so make the trade. Yes, with arguably the best center in the NBA in Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, there is no reason to trade for him, besides the fact that if you can trade for one of the 4-7 best players in the NBA you have to. I admit that it took me about a day to come to this realization, as I adore the 4 big men we have signed, trading likely 3 of Gibson, Mirotic, Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott would be hard as a fan and we would be losing a lot of talent, but this is Kevin Love.

A Big 3 of Derrick Rose-Joakim Noah-Kevin Love would be the best in the league and this trade would make the Bulls the favorites for the title, but there is 1 problem, Cleveland has the better deal. They have Andrew Wiggins, the 1st pick in the draft, who can become one of the best players in the NBA. The Bulls have a lot of strong talent and starters, but no franchise player to trade. The Timberwolves can make a deal with the Cavaliers realizing that they have a player who is just 20 and should become their franchise player. How can the Bulls fix this? Be willing to trade the farm.

If they have to add multiple 1st round picks, trade them, if they have to take multiple contracts the Timberwolves would like to trade (J.J. Barea, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin) take them with a smile. The Timberwolves are playing this very well, biding their time and making teams fight for him and the packages are improving, so if my Bulls have to trade more or take more, so be it. The only thing that matters is adding Kevin Love to the Bulls and having the Rose-Noah-Love trio win us a title.

The 20 Best Available NBA Free Agents

By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…

1. Eric Bledsoe

- Bledsoe and the Suns cant seem to agree on terms, but he is a restricted free agent and despite their bounty of point guards there is little chance they let him leave, as he is their best player. Phoenix apparently gave the restricted free agent 48 million and he said no because he would like 80, but either the Suns and him will agree somewhere in the middle or they will match a contract that some team gives them. He is the prize of the market.

2. Greg Monroe

- Bledsoe and Monroe are the only All Star caliber players still on the market and the young big man, like Bledsoe is a restricted free agent whose team would like to resign him. Whether they trade Josh Smith or keep him, Monroe will be resigned by Detroit.

3. Jameer Nelson

- Nelson is still a starting caliber point guard and some playoff team will be signing him as an elite reserve and a strong sixth man. He just averaged 12 points and 7 assists and is only 32, so he can still play a big role for a franchise.

4. Shawn Marion

- Marion is still an excellent defender and a more than capable offensive player that could start for a number of teams including a contender or 2. Dallas isn’t a viable option, so he will be playing for another franchise.

5. Emeka Okafor

- Okafor missed the season because of injury, but is still a strong starting NBA center when healthy and is an excellent defender and rebounder who can score the ball. Expect some title contender to sign him to a 1 season contract so he can try for a ring and regain his value on the market.

6. Mo Williams

- Williams isn’t a starter anymore, but he is still a very strong sixth man who can come off the bench for a contender and give them 10+ points and run their 2nd unit. Will he look for wins or money? Probably the latter since he exercised his player option on the Blazers.

7. Ray Allen

- Allen will either retire or sign with the Heat or Cavaliers. It’s that simple.

8. Michael Beasley

- Beasley cannot be trusted with a long term contract or a big salary, but he proved that he can still provide excellent scoring and rebounding off the bench. The Heat could resign him or another team with a strong locker room could take a chance on him.

9. Jordan Crawford

- Crawford played very strong basketball in Boston, as a scorer and distributor, but he played a much smaller role in Golden State, so he lost a lot of his value. Some team will land themselves a steal in Crawford this offseason.

10. Mike Scott

He is a restricted free agent, so the Hawks could match any contract, but he plays a premium position and plays it well, the stretch 4. The Hawks have no need for Scott, so another team is probable.

11. Al Farouq Aminu

- Aminu is the best young perimeter defender on the market, so someone will pay him. The Pelicans should resign him, as they have more than enough offense on their roster.

12. Andray Blatche

- Blatche is still a very strong scorer and rebounder to bring off the bench, but he too cannot be trusted with a long term contract. He seems to have found a home with the Brooklyn Nets, so he should be resigned, it is best for each of them.

13. Elton Brand

- Brand was an All Star, but now he is just an excellent veteran. He can still score, rebound and defend and be an elite 4th big man on any contender.

14. Jermaine O’Neal

- Basically what was just written for Brand, except he is a more injury prone player.

15. Ramon Sessions

- Sessions is the best reserve point guard on the market. He has played well for multiple seasons, but most haven’t noticed because of the small markets he plays in. He can score and he can run an offense and should come rather cheap.

16. Ekpe Udoh

- Udoh is young and wont become half the player his draft status says he should, but he is still a solid defender and rebounder who can become an excellent NBA role player.

17. MarShon Brooks

- Brooks can score, a lot, he just needs help finding his niche in the NBA, which should be as a very strong NBA sixth man. If some team can nurture him, he can become a big time producer in this league.

18. Shelvin Mack

- Mack is a solid 2nd point guard who played well for the Hawks this season. He is a restricted free agent and if they can resign him, they should. He played a big role for them this season and deserves a payday this offseason.

19. Francisco Garcia

- Garcia is a veteran shooter and scorer to bring off the bench. That is it, but he plays his role well.

20. Toney Douglas

- Douglas can score, he can distribute and he can defend. He is a versatile contributor who can play a role on any NBA franchise next season.