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Top 10 NBA Free Agents This Summer

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Which Players Make the Cut?

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We are reaching the end of the 2012-13 NBA season with the final rounds of the playoffs underway. It is almost time for teams to get ready for free agency to begin. This could turn into one of the more dynamic years for free agents with two very special players leading the list. I have put together who I believe are the top 10 free agents this summer.

I will be very curious to see where these 10 players end up going, if anywhere. I bet that at least one or two of them will find themselves with their current team again after this is all said and done for a simple reason: because teams can pay more money and can offer more years to their own free agents. We have gotten to a point where money is the biggest thing to a lot of players instead of wanting to play for a championship. It will always be a pet peeve of mine, but that’s just a fact of life.

You will find as you look at this list that quite a few of these players are either power forwards or centers. It is just the nature of this season in free agency. It may not be the name of the game anymore for many teams to have a dominant big man, but that sort of player can mean the difference between the playoffs or sitting at home. These players could also help a team that is on the brink of making the playoffs finally take that last step. It’s now time to see who the top 10 NBA free agents are going to be this summer.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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10. O.J. Mayo

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Mayo is testing the free agent market yet again. He can really fill it up when he’s hot. He averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.

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9. David West

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West is the type of player that can score tons of points and bring the potential of a double-double every time out. He averaged 17.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a game during the regular season.

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8. Paul Millsap

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Millsap is a power forward that likes to bang around down low and will bring a physical presence. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds a game this season.

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7. Andre Iguodala

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His numbers may have been down this season some but Iguodala can improve any team. He averaged 13 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.

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6. Andrew Bynum

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Bynum didn’t play at all this season while recovering from injury. He is still a very good player though, as he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a game during the 2011-12 season.

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5. Brandon Jennings

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Jennings is a restricted free agent, but could still leave the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. He is only 23 years old as well and could become a key piece for the next decade on his next team.

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4. Al Jefferson

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Jefferson is one of the most dominating big men in the game today. He averaged 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds a game this past season. He is worth the money he will get.

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3. Josh Smith

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Smith looks like a player who could go into his prime and turn a team around. He scored 17.5 points a game this season while averaging 8.4 rebounds as well. This could into the best pickup in two or three years.

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2. Dwight Howard

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Howard has his flaws but can still be a dominant big man. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds a game this season. He will get his money and hopefully his attitude will change too.

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1. Chris Paul

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Paul is easily the best free agent out there and could really help a team looking for a solid point guard. He averaged 16.9 points and 9.7 assists a game this season.