Top NBA Free Agents Of 2011: A Delectable Class Of Players Awaits

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What awesome NBA free agents are available before the 2011-12 season begins? What awful NBA free agents are also available? Our comprehensive ranking of the top 79 players available will tell you all you need to know (provided you do not need to know everything).

NBA free agency officially begins on December 9, but teams have been cleared to talk to agents. Who are they talking about? The 120-odd NBA free agents, of course!

This list digs into the top 79 free agents available with varying levels of superficiality. Enjoy.

To get updates on offers, rumors and trades, see our NBA Rumor StoryStream.

(Note: we excluded players trapped in China or those who signed European contracts without an NBA out clause.)

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TIER 1: EIGHT-FIGURE STUDS

The 2010 NBA free agent class had legitimate stars. MVPs, even. It was simply the most impactful free agent period of the modern era.

The 2011 NBA free agent class is nothing like that.

There are no MVPs, few All-Stars, no player who will make his new team a juggernaut. If any player in the 2011 free agent class held a LeBron-style series of presentations for wishful teams -- forget The Decision, just the process that previewed The Decision -- we would all laugh at him mercilessly. There is no franchise-shifting player available, barring a major amnesty surprise.

But there are some good players. We count four in the top tier: four players who have won All-Star bids or could conceivably earn one in the future. They all happen to be big men.

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1. MARC GASOL
Center, 26 years old, 7'1
Restricted free agent (Memphis can match any signed offer sheet)
2011 stats: 11.7 points, 7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 32 minutes per game; 16.8 PER

Gasol's per-game production dropped as Lionel Hollins shrunk his starters' minutes where possible. The younger brother of Lakers star Pau Gasol isn't a big scorer -- his career-high for points in a game is 30, and he's only hit 20 in 24 of 232 career games (10 percent). He's also not the incredible rebounder you'd think he'd be, given his elite size: he's an average rebounder at center, and a bit above average at power forward. On offense, he sets brilliant screens, can pass well and has a sharp mid-range jumper (one of the best in the league among big men, though he uses it only about once a game).

But his real value is on defense. Gasol's matchups at center shot just 47 percent (well below average for the position) and the Spaniard is a careful shotblocker who doesn't foul too much. His pick-and-roll play on both ends is superb, and with Tony Allen, he led Memphis to a No. 9 finish in defensive rating.

Defense is a key at center moreso than at any other position. That makes Gasol a free agent worth splurging for.

Speaking of elite defensive centers ...

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2. TYSON CHANDLER
Center, 29 years old, 7'1
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks in 28 minutes per game; 18.4 PER

Chandler is the best defender at center in the league if you omit people named Dwight Howard. He's a menace, and remains the greatest difference between the 2011 NBA Championship that the Dallas Mavericks won and every disappointing version of the Dallas Mavericks. Center is the most critical defensive position (I'm going to keep repeating this), and Chandler is No. 2 in the league. He's valuable as heck.

On offense, he's limited to hitting the glass and finishing on plays created by a playmaker. That's why you saw Chandler thrive in New Orleans (with Chris Paul) and Dallas (Jason Kidd) but struggle offensively in Charlotte (Ray Felton). If you don't have a guard or point-forward who can get Chandler dead-simple shots, he's not going to score 10 points a game.

The bright side of that reality: because he's so allergic to creating non-putback offense himself, he rarely misses shots and rarely commits turnovers. He's a fifth option on offense, but at least he's a good fifth option.

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3. NENE
Center, 29 years old, 6'11
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 14.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks in 30 minutes per game; 20.4 PER

Marc Gasol will likely end up remaining in Memphis. The Mavericks will make a strong push to keep Chandler. But Nene is legitimately on the market, with the Nuggets looking more like a retooling team than a true championship contender. Of course, the only teams who can give Nene the money he's looking for without Denver participation in a sign-and-trade aren't contenders either.

That's all to say that Nene's free agency is going to be a big ol' ball of mystery. The player is a well-known quantity: an efficient scorer with an average usage rate, an average rebounder but better-than-solid defender and one of the most devastating open-court threats at the position. He also has braids and is a cancer survivor. There's a lot to like.

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4. DAVID WEST
Power forward, 31 years old, 6'9
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 35 minutes per game; 20.4 PER

West is on the older end of the top rung of free agents, but at 31 and given recent success for teams loaded with post-30 players, he's a big fish. The bigger question of fitness revolves around his ACL, which he tore last season and which required surgery. He appears to have recovered, but teams will want to be sure before laying out the millions.

New Orleans needs to keep West or Carl Landry, lest the Aaron Gray Era get too out of hand. Don't forget that with Landry, the Hornets pushed the L.A. Lakers hard in the playoffs. N.O. GM Dell Demps won't forget, and he doesn't have a lengthy relationship with West, the team's longest-tenured player. All the sentimentalism will come from West, fans and Chris Paul, whose opinion certainly should matter.

On the court, West is the prototype face-up four, a confident shooter who can take most defenders off the dribble. He draws fouls pretty well (about five per game) and shoots 80 percent from the line. He's not nearly as efficient as Nene or Chandler, but he can also soak up almost double the possessions with above-average efficiency.

He'd be a great fit on a team looking to make a championship run within about three years. The Pacers and Nets are reportedly in the mix. I'll let you decide if they fit the criteria.

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TIER 2: MEN WHO MATTER

The next 21 players on our list will, in some cases, break the bank. But each looks to be capable of providing 30 minutes a night of quality basketball if needed. In this free agent class, it's hard to ask for much more.

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5. THADDEUS YOUNG
Forward, 23 years old, 6'8
Restricted free agent; Philadelphia can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26 minutes per game; 18.4 PER

Young spent 2010-11 coming off the bench for Philly ... and it was the best thing to happen for his pro career, bar none. Doug Collins took him off the perimeter for the most part, with Young cutting his total three-point attempts down to 22 from 138 the year prior. He's not a great shooter, so of course his efficiency shot up. As a small forward, he's one of the best rebounders in the league. At power forward, he's underwhelming. But he can defend both positions (small forward better) and is a monster in the open court. We don't know how the Sixers' new ownership will act in free agency, but Young should tempt some team into a nice fat offer of four years, $45 million or so.

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6. MARCUS THORNTON
Shooting guard, 24 years old, 6'4
Restricted free agent; Sacramento can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 12.8 points in 24 minutes per game; 16.5 PER

The Kings landed Thornton at midseason, and he just exploded. He averaged 21.3 points in 38 minutes per game with Sacramento, soaking up a goodly number of shots (24 percent usage rate) and finishing at about league-average efficiency in the process. He actually availed himself as a passer, as well, registering a 15 percent assist rate.

All of that came in just 27 games, sure. But it mimics Thornton's 2009-10 performance in New Orleans, where under Jeff Bower he had a longer leash. Monty Williams yanked that in because, in part, Thornton is admittedly a flawed defender. That means that his best fit is as a sixth man. Sacramento is an overwhelming favorite to keep Thornton, and he'll likely be the opening day starter next to Tyreke Evans. But long-term, the team hopes Jimmer Fredette can do enough as a point guard to create a third-guard combo that would be tough to stop and not a complete disaster on defense.

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7. RODNEY STUCKEY
Guard, 25 years old, 6'5
Restricted free agent; Detroit can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 15.5 points and 5.2 assists in 31 minutes per game; 18.4 PER

While everyone was focused on the drama in Detroit last season, Stuckey quietly began to realize his promise. he found his way on offense, becoming for the first time in his career a scorer with average efficiency. He's also become a nice playmaker (27 percent assist rate) who limits mistakes (13 percent turnover rate).

His offensive game is predicated on getting to the rim. This is partly by design -- Stuckey's of the Tough S.O.B. point guard strain making its way through the league -- but always necessary due to the guard's shaky jumper: he shoots a career 26.6 percent from long-range.

Stuckey should be a good defender, but needs some help from a coach and a team with a plan. Lawrence Frank, Detroit's new coach, could be just the salve. It's too bad the Pistons drafted Brandon Knight, meaning that Stuckey's going to have to let the market and not a desperate Joe Dumars determine his value.

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8. ARRON AFFLALO
Swingman, 26 years old, 6'5
Restricted free agent; Denver can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 12.6 points on 49 percent shooting in 34 minutes per game; 13.6 PER

Afflalo isn't going to win a lot of style points, but he's a solid and versatile defensive-minded wing who is focused on efficiency above all else on the offensive end. His 12+ points came on just nine shots a game last season, and he turned the ball over just once per 33 minutes played. George Karl has a way of getting the most out of this flavor of wing -- remember Dahntay Jones? the Pacers' cap sheet does -- but there's little to indicate Afflalo plans to invoke his inner Al Harrington and transform himself into a volume scorer going forward. He's a pretty safe bet, assuming teams don't expect him to become a third-option on offense or something.

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9. JASON RICHARDSON
Shooting guard, 30 years old, 6'6
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 15.6 points and 4.1 rebounds on 45 percent shooting in 34 minutes per game; 14.9 PER

Shocker: J-Rich's production dramatically dropped when he moved from a team with Steve Nash at point guard to one with Jameer Nelson and Gilbert Arenas. Had Richardson remained in Phoenix all season, he might be a bit higher on this list despite his age. In addition to being an efficient above-average scorer, he's a good defender and a solid defender. Getting him for the mid-level would be a coup for a team on the edge or in the middle of contention. The Mavericks could be a stellar fit; the Bulls would be much improved with J-Rich available at shooting guard and small forward.

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10. KRIS HUMPHRIES
Power forward, 26 years old, 6'9
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 10 points and 10.4 rebounds in 28 minutes per game; 17.8 PER

We know two things for sure about Kris Humphries The Basketball Player: he is a fantastic offensive rebounder and he is not remotely a reliable scorer. We know many other things for sure about Kris Humphries The Dude, many things we wish that we did not. But alas, he's not the first athlete to be made to look like a fool by a Kardashian, and he won't be the last.

The two big questions about Humphries teams have to ask: is he a legitimately strong defender (indications suggest he's good) and is he really this good a defensive rebounder? For his entire career until being traded to the Nets, Humphries had consistent defensive rebound rates around 20 percent, which is good but not special for a power forward. In New Jersey, he's been at Dwight Howard levels on the defensive glass. How much of that is attributable to his partner in crime, Brook Lopez, who is a bad rebounder? It's a question that should keep teams sober before they proceed.

Ah, screw it. Four years, $40 million seems like the unfortunate endgame.

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11. CARL LANDRY
Power forward, 28 years, 6'9
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 26 minutes per game; 14.8 PER

Landry is a lot like Humphries except the exact opposite. Landry is a pitiful defensive rebounder (there are many, many small forwards more likely to grab any given defensive rebound than Landry) and a powerful, effective scorer. Landry uses more possessions than average and converts them efficiently (career True Shooting percentage of .597). He's a sharp mid-range shooter, a fierce finisher and one of the toughest guys in the game.

But my God, he seriously cannot rebound. That itself makes it almost a necessity that he come off the bench, unless he's next to a ball vacuum like Dwight Howard. I think if you played a unit with Humphries and Landry together, Hump might average 20 rebounds a game. Maybe 25.

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12. SHANE BATTIER
Small forward, 33 years old, 6'8
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 29 minutes per game; 12.3 PER

The Battier era may be sputtering out, and this will surely be the last contract the defensive wing signs over the veteran's minimum (assuming he signs for more the veteran's minimum). The Grizzlies traded for him last season; even though Rudy Gay was out of the picture with an injury, Battier still didn't start once in the regular season and played just 24 minutes a night in Memphis. Lionel Hollins had a lot of players and needs to balance, with ace guard defender Tony Allen, young defender Sam Young and gunner O.J. Mayo.

That Memphis had success with Battier in a limited role will surely raise a red flag with some teams, and spark a light bulb for others. Rivals to the Heat would be wise to consider Battier solely for LeBron-Wade duty; the same applies to teams concerned with Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant or Manu Ginobili. Heck, Rudy Gay himself can be a problem, one that Battier would help against. Whoever picks up Shane will do so with an eye toward the playoffs, where Battier could inject some life back into his reputation.

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13. ANDREI KIRILENKO
Forward, 30 years old, 6'9
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 11.7 points and 5 rebounds in 31 minutes per game; 16.6 PER

Kirilenko's Jazz career has already lasted a few years too long, and the only way he's not wearing a different NBA jersey this season is if he's not wearing an NBA jersey at all. AK spent the NBA lockout in Moscow playing for the Russian power CSKA; he hasn't decided whether to leave the club for another NBA contract.

If he does, suitors will be considering White Josh Smith, an erratic but effective scorer, passer, defender and rebounder. Next to Smith and Gerald Wallace, he remains every night's best hope for a 5x5 box score (five or more points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals). Also, he plays World of Warcraftand is married to a pop star. Long live Andrei Kirilenko!

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14. DEANDRE JORDAN
Center, 23 years old, 6'11
Restricted free agent; L.A. can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 26 minutes per game; 14.8 PER

Jordan is almost a lock to get a contract offer that a chorus of fans and writers will call too much, only to live up to it over the next four years because big men who have the tools to defend and know not to shoot 15-footers if they can't make them are hard to come by. (Four years, $36-40 million seems like the obvious offer to come.) Jordan averaged a whopping 4.3 field goal attempts per game last season, most on putbacks or alley-oops. As a result, he shot nearly 70 percent. He's like an even more shy version of Chandler on offense.

There's a big difference between being an elite shotblocker and a good defender; Jordan is definitely the former, and might be close to being the latter. That's where the contract comes from, same as it did when Darko Milicic reached free agency for the first time in 2007. (Darko's next contract in 2010 ignored what had happened during the second contract, which was that Darko had completely regressed in all facets of the game. But the 2007 contract was set on hope and the unknown, which is where Jordan is today.)

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15. GRANT HILL
Small forward, 39 years old, 6'8
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30 minutes per game; 14.7 PER

Grant Hill will play 30 minutes of tough defense, efficienct offense and cuddy smiles through the age of 56, whether you like it or not.

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16. SAMUEL DALEMBERT
Center, 30 years old, 6'11
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 8.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 24 minutes per game; 14.1 PER

Dalembert's basic stat line isn't terribly different than that of Tyson Chandler, but the Haitian Sensation is less efficient and more of a feast-or-famine post defender. That is to say he can be coaxed out of position to chase a block; Chandler is well-grounded in the fundamentals of stopping teams from scoring. As Dalembert is always focused on getting a swat, you can expect plenty of goaltending calls and recovery fouls.

Beyond that, Dalembert thinks he has a silky jumper that he does not, and he's one of the most consistent rebounders in the game. Sam is a ridiculously good fit with Miami for the mid-level.

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17. JAMAL CRAWFORD
Guard, 31 years old, 6'6
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 14.2 points on 42 percent shooting in 30 minutes per game; 14.2 PER

Crawford had a production drop in 2011 (nice timing!). But when you look at Crawford's career, his Sixth Man of the Year 2010 season actually looks like the odd duck. As Crawford will turn 32 this season, that's not a good sign.

Jam's role in Atlanta is the role he'll be limited to anywhere: bench scorer who shoots a lot. But he needs to be more efficient in that role to justify a salary much higher than $4-5 million a season. I imagine he's expecting more than that on the market. Also keep an eye on how widely used the amnesty clause is; if players like Brandon Roy and Rashard Lewis end up on the market, they'll soak up some of Jam's love.

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18. J.J. BAREA
Guard, 27 years old, 5'11
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 9.5 points and 3.9 assists in 21 minutes per game; 14.8 PER

You're about to read a lot of things about J.J. Barea that simply aren't true. That he's a great scorer. (His career high is 29; he's hit 20 some 15 times in 315 games.) That he's a great shooter. (He's a career 35.5 percent three-point shooter.) That he's young. (He's almost a year older than LeBron.) That he was vital to the Mavericks' championship. (He averaged fewer than 19 minutes per game in the playoffs, or roughly 20 seconds more than Peja Stojakovic. Barea's True Shooting percentage in the playoffs was the lowest on the team [including Corey Brewer and DeShawn Stevenson]).

Don't get me wrong: J.J.'s worth a look. But just don't linger too long. Please.

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19. CHUCK HAYES
Power forward, 28 years old, 6'6
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: ... no comment.

I'm not asking you to understand Chuck Hayes, because I don't. I'm asking you to accept him. He's among the best defenders in the league at both frontcourt positions -- yes, he mostly played center at 6'6 last season -- and he's essentially replacement level on offense, ignoring the offensive glass, where he's brilliant. His triple-double last season remains a feat of man no one can explain. God bless Chuck Hayes. Feed him a mini mid-level, someone. Just do it.

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20. CARON BUTLER
Small forward, 31 years old, 6'7
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 15 points and 4.1 rebounds in 30 minutes per game; 14.2 PER

Butler remains a capable scorer, but should be limited to a bench role at this point (and paid accordingly). The saving grace of his pre-injury 2010-11 season in Dallas was that Rick Carlisle's offense is a bit difficult to grasp quickly; he seemed to be getting comfortable when he went down around New Year's. The Mavericks survived (and as such shouldn't prioritize re-signing him), but if he's healthy, teams could reasonably expect a Butler that is better than his numbers looked in 56 games with Dallas.

That said, he's pushing 32 and his three-point shooting last season (43 percent) screams "fluke!" when compared to his career (32 percent).

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21. UNCLE JEFF GREEN
Small forward, 25 years old, 6'9
Restricted free agent; Boston can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 32 minutes per game; 12.9 PER

Given how hard the pendulum of public opinion has swung back on Uncle Jeff, one looks very hard at the evidence to see whether the widespread detraction oversteps reality.

It does not. Unless Green becomes a lockdown defender or greatly improves his jumper, he might not be worth the mini mid-level. I, for one, hope he figures it out. (I'm glad hope does not cost $3 million.)

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22. LUC RICHARD MBAH A MOUTE
Small forward, 25 years old, 6'8
Restricted free agent; Milwaukee can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 26 minutes per game; 11.5 PER

Mbah a Moute has two things over Uncle Jeff: he's a better rebounder (one of the best at the position) and he seems to be a stellar defender. (Getting 2,000 minutes on a Scott Skiles team when you don't score is a good indicator of that.) But where it looks like Green is not a good offensive player and may never be, it's pretty much certain that Luc is a bad offensive player and will likely always be. He has little range, no dribble-drive game to speak of and impossibly light playmaking ability. He's basically a smaller Chuck Hayes. I do not recommend that he puts that on his CV.

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23. MARIO CHALMERS
Point guard, 25 years old, 6'1
Restricted free agent; Miami can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 23 minutes per game; 10.3 PER

Chalmers finds himself this high on the free agent list only because there is a dearth of point guards available (what's new?), because his infinitesimally small role with the Heat likely underrates his production potential and because he's a fine ballhawk.

Other than that? Say, how is Chris Duhon doing these days?

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24. REGGIE WILLIAMS
Small forward, 25 years old, 6'6
Restricted free agent; Golden State can match any signed offer sheet
2011 stats: 9.2 points on 47 percent shooting in 20 minutes per game; 14.9 PER

Per minute, Williams was as good in the disappointing 9 ppg 2010-11 season as he'd been in the perky 15 ppg 2009-10 campaign. He just played far less under Keith Smart than he had under Don Nelson. Williams is pure scorer at the NBA level, a solid bench gunner who hit 42 percent on 241 three-pointers last year. The Warriors are in a weird place on the edge of free agency and could let Reggie go as the team let Anthony Morrow go in 2010. A full mid-level could be within Reggie's reach if amnesty doesn't get too wild.

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25. TAYSHAUN PRINCE
Small forward, 31 years old, 6'9
Unrestricted free agent
2011 stats: 14.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 33 minutes per game; 15.1 PER

Prince is a jump-shooting wing best-served taking 10 or fewer shots per game, one whose defense was always highly rated but who doesn't seem to have played a lick of it since the Pistons fell from grace. He's a hard player to judge given the rubble from which he emerges; as such, if he finds the motivation to start anew, he could be a bargain. But it's a strong if. There's a reason it seemed so few teams tried hard to grab him for the stretch run last season.

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GREG ODEN'S INTERLUDE

In the first version of this ranking, I did not include restricted free agent Greg Oden. This was either an oversight or a nod to the mysterious in which G.O.D.E. exists, a dimension separate from the mundane course of "free agency" and "qualifying offers." You cannot place an integer in front of that entity. To do so would violate nature.

But yes, technically speaking, Oden is a free agent.

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TIER 3: ACCOUTREMENTS

The next 54 players on our list are the true accoutrements of any given team. Primarily specialists, the players will provide spurts of contribution in certain areas. Some may fall out of favor; some may be thrust into a larger role due to tumult. But at their core, they are really not that good.

In honor of that reality, we will present their names, ranking and the most important basketball fact* about the players.

* Note: most important basketball fact is a completely subjective matter.

26. T.J. Ford: Ford is 28 years old and has a career PER of 15.2. You could do a helluva lot worse. (See below.)

27. Spencer Hawes: Hawes is 23 years old and was a full-time starter for a playoff team last season. That is not nothing.

28. James Jones: Jones took three times as many threes (287) as two-pointers (59) last season, and converted them more efficiently (42.9 percent vs. 38.9 percent).

29. Daequan Cook: Some 85 percent of Cook's shots in Oklahoma City last season were three-pointers. He hit 42 percent of them.

30. Josh McRoberts: McBob was the most productive power forward on the Indiana Pacers' roster last season.

31. Jeff Foster: Foster is No. 5 all-time in offensive rebound rate and No. 10 all-time in total rebound rate. He remains elite in both areas at the age of 34.

32. Kurt Thomas: Father Time is now the NBA's oldest player, thanks to Shaq's retirement. Thomas is one day older than Grant Hill.

33. Craig Smith: Smith's True Shooting percentage over the past four seasons: 59 percent, 59.9 percent, 59.9 percent, 59.2 percent. The man is consistent.

34. Alexis Ajinca: Ajinca had better per-possession stats that Spencer Hawes almost across the board last season, but played a fraction of the minutes. Alas, he is French.

35. Marco Belinelli: With last year's performance, Belinelli's career three-point shooting percentage nudged over 40 percent. He is 25 years old.

36. Delonte West: West's top similarity score through seven seasons according to Basketball-Reference is Eric Snow.

37. Chris Wilcox: Wilcox, 29, registered the same PER as rookie Greg Monroe (18) last season, behind only Rodney Stuckey (18.4) on the Pistons roster. Wilcox received 17.5 per game as a reward.

38. Jonas Jerebko: Jerebko is the first NBA player from Sweden that totally looks Norwegian.

39. Peja Stojakovic: Peja is in the top 50 all-time in most shooting categories. His shooting percentages have remained fairly stable as he has aged. You could do a helluva lot worse. See below.

40. Mike Dunleavy: Lil' Dun has three seasons in which he has shot 32 percent or worse on three-pointers, and three seasons in which he has shot 39 percent or better on three-pointers.

41. Nick Young: Among the 57 guards who played at least 2,000 minutes last season, Young had the second lowest assist rate (6.6 percent), beaten only by Jodie Meeks.

42. Shawne Williams: In his first four years in the NBA, Williams was a combined 63-206 (30.5 percent) on three-pointers. Last season, Williams was 85-212 (40 percent).

43. Anthony Parker: Parker is one of just 36 players in NBA history (18 active) with a career three-point percentage over 40 percent.

44. Leon Powe: Powe's career PER is 16.8, exactly four full points above Glen Davis.

45. Dante Cunningham: It's actually against Cunningham's moral beliefs to commit turnovers.

46. Shannon Brown: Brown is a shooting guard with a career True Shooting percent of .510, a career three-point percentage of 33.7 percent and fewer than three free throw attempts per 36 minutes. Other than that he's fantastic.

47. Jamaal Magloire: Magloire continues to do two things well: rebound and not take shots.

48. Joel Przybilla: For his career, Przybilla has averaged five field goal attempts per 36 minutes.

49. Reggie Evans: Evans has a career average of 4.4 fouls per 36 minutes.

50. Kwame Brown: Brown was as close to average last season as he had been since 2007. That remains substantially lower than average.

51. Roger Mason: Mason, a shooter, has two seasons of better-than-39 percent three-point shooting and five seasons much, much lower than that. Project accordingly.

52. Mike Bibby: Bibby shot 45 percent on three-pointers with the Heat. He likes to be open.

53. Aaron Gray: Gray turns 27 next week. Five players who were rookies in 2010-11 have more career minutes than him.

54. Shelden Williams: If Shelden Williams averaged 36 minutes per game, he would almost assuredly average 10 points and 10 rebounds a night. Also, his team would average zero wins a night.

55. Jason Collins: Jason "The Dwight Stopper" Collins held Dwight Howard to 23 points and 13 rebounds per game in the playoffs last year.

56. Tony Battie: Tony Battie is not yet 36 years old.

57. Glen Davis: Big Baby's shooting efficiency has fallen every season that he has been in the NBA. Last season, he had the 13th-worst True Shooting percentage among all players with 2,000 minutes played. No. 1 is within sight.

58. Willie Green: Green's stats indicate that he is just the slightly nudge better than replacement level. I look forward to him signing a three-year, $10 million contract.

59. Carlos Arroyo: Arroyo's best skill is his passing. Between Miami and Boston last season, he had an assist rate of 15.8 percent.

60. DaJuan Summers: Summers played more minutes in each of his three seasons at Georgetown than he has over his entire two-year career with the Pistons.

61. Gary Forbes: Forbes shot 37 percent on three-pointers before the 'Melo trade, and 26 percent after.

62. Vladimir Radmanovic: In 2009-10, Radman shot 28 percent on threes. Last season, he shot 40 percent. It seems like he might be erratic.

63. Earl Watson: Watson is so allergic to shooting that he has averaged fewer than 10 points per 36 minutes in each of the last three seasons.

64. Joey Dorsey: If Joey Dorsey ever gets consistent minutes, he will rank near the top of the league in rebound rate. If Joey Dorsey ever gets consistent minutes, his coach will probably get fired.

65. Josh Howard: Howard has had three 20-point games in the last two seasons combined.

66. Julian Wright: Wright, once billed as a point-forward in the pros, has a career average of 2.1 assists per 36 minutes.

67. Kyrylo Fesenko: Fesenko and Hamed Haddadi are actually fraternal twins.

68. Jamario Moon: Jamario Moon is 31 years old.

69. Jared Jeffries: When traded by the Knicks to the Rockets last season, Jeffries' production jumped from 1.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game to 2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. I smell the "contract year phenomenon."

70. Marquis Daniels: Daniels' offensive production has been remarkably consistent throughout his career on a per-possession basis. The consistent level is below average, however.

71. Rasual Butler: Rasual Butler is the Mo Evans of hipsters.

72. Maurice Evans: Stats do not suggest that Evans is a good defender. Stats also do not suggest that Evans is a good scorer or shooter. Other than that, stats have no opinion on Mo Evans.

73. DeShawn Stevenson: Stevenson's career PER is 10.3.

74. Tracy McGrady: Last season, McGrady had his most efficient shooting season since 2007. Last season, McGrady was still far less efficient than the average NBA player (50 percent TS%).

75. Erick Dampier: A few roleplayers (Mike Bibby, James Jones) thrived when inserted into the Miami constellation. Dampier was not one of the those roleplayers. His 2010-11 production was as bad as it has been since he left Golden State.

76. Ronnie Price: In six seasons, Price's True Shooting percentage has exceeded 50 percent once. Normal league average is around 54 percent. 

77. Al Thornton: Thornton turns 28 next week. He just wrapped up his rookie contract, over which he was pretty dreadful. This free agent class is awesome.

78. Jason Kapono: Kapono is a walking existential crisis.

79. Sebastian Telfair: Bassy has played 9,947 minutes in his NBA career. Since 1979, the only player with 10,000 minutes played and fewer than 5 total WinShares to his name is ... Michael Olowakandi (2.5). Telfair currently has 2.7.

Star-divide

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There are nearly 50 more players who appeared in the NBA last season and are free agents. These are worse than Sebastian Telfair. If you are that desperate to know their names, see our full 2011 NBA free agent list.

For full updates on Al Thornton's future, follow our NBA rumor StoryStream.

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