NBA free agency 2019: 3 potential impact players you probably forgot about

Carmelo Anthony

Believe it or not NBA free agency is still going on, even if there aren’t any All-Star caliber players left on the market.

Believe it or not NBA free agency is still going on, even if there aren’t any All-Star caliber players left on the market.

Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton, Kemba Walker and Kawhi Leonard are all spoken for (Yes we know that’s a lot of K’s). But there are still players available who can make a difference.

Let’s take a look at some of the top role players for hire this summer.

Carmelo Anthony

No one really knows what Anthony plans on doing. The 35-year-old forward only played in 10 games in 2018-19 as a member for the Rockets before stepping away from the team after Houston decided he wasn’t a good fit. He was later traded to Chicago and released.

Some wonder if Anthony is just washed up and should retire, but he can still have some value as a spark plug off the bench. It’s just a matter of whether he’s willing to accept that role.

The 10-time all star has a career scoring average of 24.0 points per game and averaged more than 20 points for his first 14 seasons in the league. His already questionable efficiency has dropped in recent years, but plenty of teams need firepower from their reserves.

Everybody shipped Anthony to the Lakers after he was released by the Bulls. But that didn’t pan out. Nevertheless, it’s not crazy to think a team will take a chance on signing a consistent double-digit scorer for the league minimum.

Thabo Sefolosha

Sefolosha can be plugged into basically any lineup, making him one of the best catches available.

The 3-and-D wing has length at 6-7 and can pester opposing teams on the ball or off it. He shot 43.6% from beyond the arc in 2018-19 with the Jazz. However his durability could be looked at as a major concern, as he’s played more than 70 games just five times in his 13-year career.

Sefolosha consistently demonstrates his skillset and knows exactly what role he’s brought in to fill, regardless of schemes.

Kenneth Faried

Whatever team signs Faried will get the ultimate hustle guy.

The 6-8 big man is undersized, but can bring an influx of energy to any lineup when he’s on the court. He catches lobs, blocks shots and grabs rebounds with an intensity that’s rarely matched by the opposition.

Faried didn’t make any noise as a reserve of the Nets last season, averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Once Brooklyn waived him he tallied 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds on a significantly better Rockets team.

Faried is a product of his environment and plenty of teams could benefit from his grit and relentless effort. He’s called “The Manimal” for a reason.

 

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