The NBA Draft is over which means Free Agency is in full swing.

NBA Free Agency begins June 30th at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, rather than the traditional midnight on July 1st. This allows teams to meet with players at a more reasonable time and increases media attention. This is better for people on the East Coast, who would normally be sleeping by the time free agency begins.

Teams can contact free agents or their agents beginning on June 29th at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard time. While NBA Free Agency begins on June 30th, no contract can be signed until the new league year starts on July 6th. Teams usually reach verbal agreements in the June 29-July 5 timelines, but nothing is official until a contract is signed.

In the leading days, until Free Agency begins, I will be ranking the best free agents by position. First up, the point guards.

15. TJ McConnell

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  • Team: Philadelphia 76ers
  • Season stats: 6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 76 games (three starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

Going undrafted after the 2015 NBA Draft, McConnell signed with the 76ers and turned out to be a nice role player for the team. A hard-nosed defender that can come in for spot duty for any playoff-caliber team.

14. Ish Smith

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  • Team: Detroit Pistons
  • Season stats: 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 56 games
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

From 2010-2016, Smith played for nine different teams. In the summer of 2016, he signed with the Pistons and turned out to have a solid three year run with the team as a backup point guard. A smaller point guard that can get by any defender.

13. Isaiah Thomas

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  • Team: Denver Nuggets
  • Season stats: 8.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 12 games
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

At one point, Thomas was in the conversation as one of the best point guards in the league. Since his hip injury and being traded away from the Boston Celtics, he has not been the same. He signed with the Nuggets this past offseason but did not fit in the team’s rotation. He still has a chance to be a solid contributor for any team but his days as the top-scoring option may be behind him.

12. Emmanuel Mudiay

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  • Team: New York Knicks
  • Season stats: 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 59 games (42 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Restricted

Mudiay was drafted seventh overall by the Nuggets in 2015 but never panned out for them. He was traded to the Knicks midway through the 2017-18 season. He improved this past season for the Knicks, averaging a career-high in points and field goal percentage (44.6%). Perfect timing as he hits the free-agent market.

11. Rajon Rondo

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  • Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Season stats: 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 46 games (29 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

The longtime Celtic has been on six different teams in the past five years. Despite bouncing around, Rondo has been solid on the defensive end and is a great passer. His age might be a concern at 32 but showed that he can still be a solid point guard option on any roster.

10. Darren Collison

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  • Team: Indiana Pacers
  • Season stats: 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 76 games (76 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

Collison has been a solid starter for the Pacers the past two seasons and showed that he can still run an offense. A solid veteran two-way point guard that will get a lot of looks from teams this offseason.

9. Elfrid Payton

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  • Team: New Orleans Pelicans
  • Season stats: 10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 42 games (42 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

Despite injuries, Payton had a solid season for the Pelicans. He showed flashes of brilliance when he had five straight triple-doubles, joining Michael Jordan, Oscar Roberston, Wilt Chamberlain, and Russell Westbrook as the only guys to do so. With the influx of players the team received in the Anthony Davis trade, he may go elsewhere this offseason.

8. Patrick Beverley

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  • Team: Los Angeles Clippers
  • Season stats: 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 78 games (49 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

Beverley may not be a scoring option but is one of the better defenders in the NBA. A guy you hate to go up against but would love to have as a teammate. He could join a playoff team that would want to have a guy like that, especially late in a playoff series.

7. Terry Rozier

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  • Team: Boston Celtics
  • Season stats: 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 79 starts (14 games)
  • Free Agent status: Restricted

With Kyrie Irving out last season, Rozier excelled and was a solid player for the Celtics in their deep playoff run. His production dropped once Irving joined the lineup and was unhappy with his role with the team. Depending on what the Celtics do and Irving’s status, he very well may leave to go elsewhere.

6. Ricky Rubio

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  • Team: Utah Jazz
  • Season stats: 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 68 games (67 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

A reliable floor general player but struggles at time to shoot the ball. With the Jazz recently trading for Mike Conley, it’ll likely be that he’ll wear a different jersey next season.

5. Derrick Rose

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  • Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Season stats: 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 51 games (13 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

It was great to see Rose play this season and looked like his old Chicago Bull days. He shot a career-best 37% from three and second-best 48.2% from the field. Injuries may still be a problem given his history but can still give you a solid 15 points either starting or off the bench.

4. Malcolm Brogden

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  • Team: Milwaukee Bucks
  • Season stats: 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 64 games (64 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Restricted

The former 2017 Rookie of the Year had a career-high in points while also having career highs in all shooting percentages (50.5% FG, 42.6% 3-PT, and 92.8% FT). Brogden is also a solid defender and can play both guard spots if needed. Milwaukee will do what they can to keep him around.

3. Kemba Walker

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  • Team: Charlotte Hornets
  • Season stats: 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 82 games (82 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Unrestricted

The longtime Hornet has had a fantastic three-year stretch leading up to this offseason. Perfect timing for him and he’ll look to cash in this summer. A top point guard in the league, Walker will get plenty of looks, possibly with a team making a huge playoff push.

2. D’Angelo Russell

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  • Team: Brooklyn Nets
  • Season stats: 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 81 games (81 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Restricted

Being traded to the Nets saved Russell’s career. If the Nets land Irving this offseason, the Nets will likely let Russell walk. A solid scorer that will get plenty of looks this summer.

1. Kyrie Irving

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  • Team: Boston Celtics
  • Season stats: 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.5 steals, 67 games (67 starts)
  • Free Agent status: Player Option

One of the best point guards in the league will most likely opt-out of Boston. Irving is likely leaving to join the Nets and recruit other top free agents. While the Nets are a likely destination, many teams will try to recruit him.


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