By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on July 24, 2014
2014 NBA free agency has been one of the most exciting and wild free agency periods in quite some time. There have been plenty of moves that have changed the NBA landscape going into next season, and many teams have come out of free agency much improved. With that said, here are the top 10 signings of 2014 NBA free agency.
Although Gordon Hayward is never going to be an elite player, he is a very good starter and a valuable asset to the Utah Jazz. Hayward can run, defend and has some scoring ability. It was wise for the Jazz to do whatever it took to bring him back.
I’m not going to pretend that Luol Deng is going to make Miami Heat fans forget about LeBron James, however, Deng is a good player in his own right. Deng works hard, and his defense is fantastic. His scoring is inconsistent and he isn’t a No. 1 option, but Deng is still a nice fit.
Despite the fact the Dallas Mavericks probably overpaid for Parsons, the team has to be happy they are getting such a good player. Parsons brings scoring, athletic ability and a hard-working attitude. Parsons will shine in Dallas.
Point guards are some of the most important players on the court at all times, so when a team has a point guard of Kyle Lowry’s caliber, they generally do whatever it takes to retain him. Lowry is a great scorer and passer, and although he can sometimes be a hot-head, he’s a solid all-around point guard.
Sure, Lance Stephenson can have plenty of head-scratching moments, but overall there is no doubt he is a good player. Stephenson gives the Hornets a legitimate scoring threat outside of Kemba Walker and a guy who is one of the best in the league when he’s on his game.
Pau Gasol isn’t an elite player anymore, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t effective. He’s still among the more skilled big men in the league, and his scoring, passing and rebounding will be welcomed in Chicago.
Dwyane Wade isn’t as good as he once was, but he means much more to Miami than his production on the court. Wade has been the face of the franchise his entire career, and he will once again be the face of the franchise in 2014.
Although Chris Bosh often doesn’t get the recognition he deserves, he is actually a great player in the league. He has improved his defense over the years, and his shot is elite for a big man. Bosh will play a very big role this season in Miami, and I expect him to thrive.
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t yet won a championship with the New York Knicks, but that didn’t stop the star forward from re-signing with the team this offseason. Like always, Anthony will be asked to carry the team on his shoulders, and he might just have the talent to do it.
Who else would be the biggest free agent signing of the offseason? The Cavaliers signed the best player in the NBA today, and James makes them instant title favorites. It’s that simple.
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