The offseason is a golden chance for teams to capitalize on some free agent players. The Warriors got Kevin Durant this summer, which was a tremendous move. Though some teams truly capitalize on good players, some sign sluggish athletes. They do such because they need to fill certain positions in their roster, or because the team thinks the player is good.
Jerry West seems to think that the free agency itself harms the nature of sports. "To be candid with you, free agency hurts all sports. It's great for athletes making an enormous amount of money. But to say it helps the sports, I don't believe that." Is this testimony fact or fiction? It's neither. There are two opinion sides to this argument. Some say that the free agency is beneficial to sports by relocating players to respective cities. Others point out that money and sports have become too apparent with free agent pickups constantly. People tend to dislike players moving from team to team often, thinking it ruins sport. I would personally disagree with this claim.
The players picked up on teams in this article are in fact declining players, or just weren't smart transactions for a particular roster.
15 Gerald Henderson - Philadelphia 76ers
Henderson grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, so the Sixers were probably looking to honor a request, and pick up another body for the team. He will be paid $18 million for two years. Last season he didn't do much averaging 8.7 PPG and 2.9 RPG for the Trail Blazers. At 6-foot-5, with the solid playing time he was getting in Portland, he needs to have more boards. He's not a very good passer either, committing turnovers, and averaging nearly 1 assist per game. For being a seven year veteran, Henderson was supposed to be a better player in the pros.
The Duke guard tore it up in the Blue Devils uniform, but his career hasn't been as good. Look for Henderson to fill a medium role in Philadelphia, a team that needs veteran players to garnish their young talent. In the coming months we shall hear about his developments.
14 Solomon Hill - New Orleans Pelicans
The former Pacers forward who did basically nothing statistically will make $52 million over four years. He will make $13 million annually, which is absurd for a player of this caliber. The 2013 draftee from Arizona is very alike to the following players according to ESPN's FiveThirtyEight's projections. He's similar to Fransisco Garcia, John Salmons, and the old Rudy Macklin. All players weren't quite so good in the NBA. Regardless of vague projections, he clearly is not an impact athlete. Hill has yet to have a breakout season, and the closest thing to that was in 2014, when he averaged nearly 9 PPG. He played only 59 games last season, a sluggish number.
The Pelicans may have been looking for a roster filler, but I feel like this was an expensive one. He will barely play, and he will make a solid amount of money doing little to nothing. Doesn't quite sound right. I don't predict he will be in the NBA much longer. The D-League seems like a more comparable skill leveled league for Solomon Hill.
13 Troy Daniels - Memphis Grizzlies
I don't think the guy brings much to the table. Daniels averaged 5.6 PPG last season, and less than 1 assist. He didn't play many games for the Hornets, nor the Rockets before that. That of course isn't his fault, but it's not like he was a show off athlete in the games he played in. He averaged all single digits through his career, and continues to be subpar. I'm not really sure why the Memphis Grizzlies would elect to pick him off the free agency. He may play 20 games this season, he may play in 40. Regardless, his level of excellence remains to be seen on any physical level in basketball.
He lit it up for Shaka Smart at VCU, but college basketball is obviously a whole different ball game. Your going up against guys from not great schools, as well as not even as close to as strong players. When you come to the NBA, everyone trains every day, and is expected to be in the best shape of their life. Daniels is obviously in shape from what I can view, or have at least read, but his basketball IQ isn't the highest.
12 Wesley Johnson - Los Angeles Clippers
Clippers... Why did you re-sign him? Remember the 2010 NBA Draft? Wesley Johnson was the fourth overall pick. There were pretty high expectations for him in Minnesota, and it wasn't clear that he wouldn't be good after his first season either. He averaged a decent 9 PPG his rookie year. If he had 6 or 7, the Wolves might consider the possibility of his overrating out of college. I'm just confused as to why the Clippers would re-sign him after the barely anything season he gave them. He played 80 games, getting around 20 MPG. He averaged like 6 PPG... I don't care that he is getting a low salary, but honestly if I'm the Clippers, I'm getting someone younger. I would pick up a young player, maybe fresh out of college who can be coached in his raw state.
Johnson has been worked a lot from team to team, and obviously he hasn't found a training niche. Teach a young guy right technique, and he could be nurtured into a starting job somewhere.
11 Timofey Mozgov - Los Angeles Lakers
Mozgov was barely incorporated into the Cavaliers stellar offense last season. Though he will start in L.A. at center, I'm not a firm believer in his skills. The guy got okay minutes last season. Sure he didn't get as much as he would have hoped, but this was a stellar team. He averaged 6 PPG, and around 4 RPG. The statistics aren't the reason I don't like him. I think he should be playing bigger on the floor considering he is 7-foot-1. Timofey didn't manage many blocks last season. He isn't very quick on the court, or very mobile at all. Look, he can play ball, that is known. But can he be thrust into a starting position?
Sure the Lakers aren't very good right now, but this is a big city market that many centers have failed in before. Cough cough.. Roy Hibbert. All bets aside this player will remain to be seen.
10 Seth Curry - Dallas Mavericks
He's a Curry. The Mavericks are hoping that he will somehow turn into his brother. News flash, he is NOT Stephen. The two are not nearly on the same basketball wavelength. Seth is the same height at Steph, sure. But he can't shoot nearly as productively. Okay, I'll stop comparing the guy to his brother. Seth averaged 6.8 PPG last season, along with 1.5 APG. He had a slow start to the NBA, and is adjusting into a role player position. He will play behind J.J. Barea, the third string point guard in Dallas. I don't imagine him getting any minutes, and I would have rather seen Dallas pick up a guard with upside. Curry isn't going to become something he already isn't.
The guy is an average basketball player, with little clutch ability. That being said, he could be a backup sometime, but I feel like that's being generous. Sadly, his skill is no comparison to his unbelievably talented bro.
9 Jason Smith - Washington Wizards
Someone needs to tell me why Jason Smith has not retired already, or gone overseas. Regardless of statistical analysis, I don't enjoy watching him play. He is not a good rebounder, which is the essential aspect of a 7-foot player's game. Instead he shoots mid range, like a player who isn't the size of the car clearance log. Smith bounces around team to team unable to become the player that some oddly think he could become. The Colorado State veteran deserves to be a third position center on some team for the rest of his career. Giving him false hope, and more salaries is not forgiving. He was a first round pick who clearly did not live up to any amount of hype, if there was any to begin with. He shoots below .500, which further more proves why he should be more focused on rebounds then shots. If he shot good percentages, I would tell him to do that more often. He is no Ryan Anderson though.
8 Jonathan Gibson - Dallas Mavericks
His time is long gone. Gibson entered the draft in 2010, and is somehow still relevant in the NBA. The 28-year-old spent his young career overseas doing well I guess. Everyone does well overseas, it's much easier competition. Were the Mavericks right in bringing him to the U.S.? Who's to say? But why sign him to a three year, multi-million dollar contract, when he hasn't proved anything in America yet? There's obviously a reason he wasn't good enough to go to the NBA right after college. He probably lacked speed, strength, agility. These may have been worked on in China, but I don't really know that. I think that there's no problem in taking a chance on a low budget guy, but no reason to sign him for three years. They will probably end up dropping his contract ASAP, most notably in February.
7 Chris Andersen - Cleveland Cavaliers
I don't really see the fit with Birdman and this Cavaliers team. Don't get me wrong Chris Andersen is an all timer in the NBA. But that's besides the point. He's pretty old, and has heavily regressed in recent years. I've really seen a regression in his skill level in the past couple years, as I'm sure you all have too. It's not like Birdman was ever a good player in the league either. Chris has been bouncing around in the league for a little now; the Heat, the Grizzles, now the Cavaliers. His career is bound to end soon enough. He is a good personality for the NBA, but his time is ticking. His very low digit averages are indicative of his current basketball situation. He's lethargic, and no longer suited for the league's competition. His 3.9 PPG last season is sure to go even more down as he rides the bench in the most boring city in the United States of America. But hey, there's LeBron.
6 Festus Ezeli - Portland Trail Blazers
Festus has been overrated recently. The Blazers bought the bait, along with other teams. Teams feasted on Warrior players in the offseason, who weren't amazing in Oakland anyway. I don't care how many minutes he got in Golden State. I think watching him was kind of painful. He isn't the best scorer, and he's a weak free throw shooter. Ezeli isn't a game changer for any NBA team. He will continue in his role as an average center who is replaceable. Ezeli shows no super athleticism like some centers such as Jahlil Okafor, or Karl Anthony-Towns. He is not a good passer either, and he committed nearly a turnover a game in Warrior yellow.
The Blazers are overpaying him indeed, and will only understand this in time. He is not worth as much money as he was spotted with. The Blazers will find this out very shortly.
5 Ian Clark - Golden State Warriors
Clark was a bench player for the Warriors last season. I'm not really sure why they re-signed him. Maybe he was funny? The three year player from Belmont has shown no basketball IQ or ability as of yet. The Warriors should send him straight to the D-League, where he belongs. He got just over 8 minutes last season, and his averages were subpar. Clark is noted as actually one of the legit worst players in the NBA by many basketball pundits. He has well below average rebound skill, and weak shooting. Clark is bound to be overseas at some point, and that time will come for him soon. For now he continues to ride the bench, and get the occasional 3-5 minutes in Golden State. Heck, maybe he will play 7 minutes if he is lucky. Ian Clark is not on track to have a stellar NBA career, nor an average one.
4 Davis Bertans - San Antonio Spurs
The Latvian is like a bad Steve Novak. He was the 42nd pick by the Pacers in 2011, who remained overseas. He is 6-foot-10, and wasn't even very good overseas. He averaged just 8.6 PPG, and shot 40%. Best case scenario, he is a good version of Steve Novak, which isn't even really good... Bertans wasn't worth signing for San Antonio, as they try to transition into a new phase with younger guys. Bertans cannot fill the role they hope for, though he can learn from Tim Duncan's storied career.
Besides this, Davis will find himself on the bench, if he doesn't learn to handle the NBA quick enough. He is young, and probably a little more mature than his peers who came straight from American universities. This is honestly irrelevant though, as ultimately, it's going to come down to whether he can produce in this league.
3 Brandon Rush - Minnesota Timberwolves
It's almost like every Warriors player is somehow valuable because they played on the team. Rush was a bad shooter in Golden State. Not only was he bad at shooting, but he was a non-factor. He's not fast or quick, and has an awkward release motion above his head. I'm unaware of why the Wolves would sign him. His 4.2 PPG last season must have been thought of as stellar to the team. When he scores, which is rarely, his teammates go crazy.
Rush was once a young potential talent in Indiana, but it is obvious that he is another scrub waiting to be released into the free agency. He is riding the wave right now, and getting a lot of money from the National Basketball Association doing so. What I don't like is his defensive stance. I find it a bit weird as well. Rush was cut out for the NBA for sure, but not to be a starter. He is obviously a bench player, and hopefully the Wolves know that.
2 Roy Hibbert - Charlotte Hornets
Hibbert sucks, and there's no getting around it. He's a soft center who once was good for the Pacers. End of story. What bothers me is why the Hornets think he is still something. Hibbert is long gone past his prime. Like all of these players, he is riding the money wave. For all the Hibbert enthusiasts, you will watch him fail for the last time in a Hornets uniform. If he gets any time in the game, he will be sure to miss layups, and his three throws. Though he isn't a horrible rebounder, he struggles with retaining offensive rebounds. His defense may be something he has going for him. All I know is that watching this man play is boring. I don't know why he played 81 games in L.A. He once scored double digits, but he isn't that type of player anymore. His skill has gone down the drain, and the Hornets seem to be looking for it along with himself.
1 Anthony Bennett - Brooklyn Nets
Someone please tell me why Anthony Bennett is still in the NBA. He was the number one pick just three years ago and is already arguably the biggest bust ever. Give me a break Nets. Bennett's name is everywhere, and not for good reasons. He is often noted as one of the worst players in the NBA, maybe even the worst. Watching Bennett play is like viewing a turtle lethargically trudge along the sidewalk. He can't rebound properly, and the Cavaliers should have known better than to draft him. More importantly, the Nets should release him before the season even starts. He is a lost cause. I don't care what pick he was, or how much money he was supposed to make in the NBA. He has difficulty gripping a basketball, which overrides anything. He hasn't had one good season as of yet, and wasn't even a good player in the D-League. You would think he would dominate with lower tier players, but he averaged only around 9 PPG.
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