[ESPN] 六位仍未签约的 NBA 自由球员,以及最适合他们的球队

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  • 克里斯·赫林(Chris Herring),ESPN 资深作家,2024年7月8日上午8:00(美国东部时间)

随着德玛尔·德罗赞(DeMar DeRozan)加盟萨克拉门托国王队,以及凯莱布·马丁(Caleb Martin)在上周末成为费城76人队的一员,这个休赛期大部分重要的自由球员都已经尘埃落定。

然而,边缘球员的变动——无论是替补中锋还是替补侧翼——往往是那些将优秀球队提升为伟大球队,将伟大球队提升为冠军球队的关键。

因此,我们挑选了六位仍然待价而沽的顶级自由球员,并分析了他们最适合哪支球队,其中包括两位效力于东部冠军争夺者的球员和一位效力于西部快速崛起的球队的球员。


保罗·里德(Paul Reed),纽约尼克斯队

这位25岁的内线球员在费城76人队被裁掉,以便为签下马丁腾出空间。他将无缝衔接到尼克斯队,因为后者在本赛季失去了以赛亚·哈尔滕施泰因(Isaiah Hartenstein),后者已转投俄克拉荷马雷霆队。

尼克斯队还有米切尔·罗宾逊(Mitchell Robinson),他在进攻篮板方面(每36分钟抢下6.7个篮板)和防守端都表现出色——当他能上场的时候。在他六年的NBA职业生涯中,这位中锋只打过一个赛季超过70场比赛。

然而,里德上赛季为76人队打了全部82场常规赛,他在篮板球方面的表现同样强悍,在上赛季至少参加60场比赛的球员中,他的进攻篮板率排名联盟第九。


凯尔·洛瑞(Kyle Lowry),费城76人队

洛瑞可以说是目前市场上最具成就的球员,他既是NBA总冠军,也是六届全明星球员。上赛季,在被交易到夏洛特黄蜂队并与之达成买断协议后,他回到了家乡费城。对洛瑞来说,留在76人队是最合理的。

在为76人队效力的23场比赛中,他打出了职业生涯中效率最高的一段时期(如果按整个赛季计算的话)。费城拥有他们认为更接近总冠军阵容的阵容,新援保罗·乔治(Paul George)和马丁的到来减轻了这位38岁控球后卫原本可能需要承担的重担。

洛瑞以一份老将底薪合同留在费城,担任替补角色,在冉冉升起的新星泰瑞斯·马克西(Tyrese Maxey)身后(也许有时会与之并肩作战)。


加里·特伦特二世(Gary Trent Jr.),犹他爵士队

犹他爵士队是整个NBA都在关注的球队,因为全明星球员劳里·马尔卡宁(Lauri Markkanen)收到了很多报价。

从目前的阵容来看,即使有马尔卡宁,这支球队也到处都是漏洞。其中最大的两个漏洞是:投篮和外线防守,尤其是随着防守尖兵克里斯·邓恩(Kris Dunn)加盟洛杉矶快船队之后。

特伦特符合这个要求。在过去的五个赛季中,他的三分球命中率接近39%,同时在同一时期内,他场均抢断超过1次。如果他能学会减少在传球路线上的赌博,他在防守端还有很大的提升空间。

对于一支想要摆烂——或者优先培养年轻球员——的球队来说,爵士队选择特伦特是一个不错的选择,他只有25岁,并且会立即成为球队最好的进攻威胁点之一。


泰厄斯·琼斯(Tyus Jones),奥兰多魔术队

琼斯是今年夏天进入市场的最好的控球后卫之一。这位28岁的华盛顿奇才队场上指挥官据信正在寻求一个首发角色——以及与之匹配的薪水——但几乎每支球队都已经有了首发控卫。(甚至奇才队也从波特兰开拓者队那里得到了控球后卫马尔科姆·布罗格登(Malcolm Brogdon),华盛顿做出这一举动可能是预料到琼斯会在今年夏天离开。)

那么,这位联盟中最值得信赖的控球后卫之一该何去何从呢?这可能需要通过先签后换的方式进行一些操作,但奥兰多魔术队是一个很好的选择,即使琼斯可能不会成为魔术队的首发。他们拥有NBA最好的侧翼防守者之一杰伦·萨格斯(Jalen Suggs),并且看起来很乐意把主控的责任交给他。

尽管如此,魔术队还是需要能够投篮的后卫,而琼斯刚刚打出了几乎所有数据都是职业生涯最佳的一个赛季。他的三分球命中率为41%,并且在助攻失误比方面领跑NBA。考虑到他组织进攻的能力,他会立即与其他首发球员一起获得大量的上场时间。


普雷舍斯·阿丘瓦(Precious Achiuwa),底特律活塞队

这位即将年满25岁的球员在上赛季为尼克斯队出战的49场比赛中扮演了重要的角色球员,在罗宾逊和哈尔滕施泰因因伤缺阵时顶替了他们的位置。

阿丘瓦在纽约的比赛时间比以往任何时候都多,他也充分利用了这个机会,他的有效命中率和场均篮板数都创下了职业生涯新高。根据 Second Spectrum 的数据,他在篮筐附近将对手的投篮命中率降低了近5个百分点。这可能是因为他所处的体系和他效力的教练吗?当然有可能。但是,如果你正在管理像活塞队这样一支需要更好的内线球员来支持年轻的杰伦·杜伦(Jalen Duren)的球队,那么签下像阿丘瓦这样已经展现出这种潜力的球员有什么风险呢?

如果阿丘瓦继续进步,他可能会成为一支缺乏任何特色的球队的长期球员。


海伍德·海史密斯(Haywood Highsmith),圣安东尼奥马刺队

周一,海史密斯同意以一份2年1100万美元的合同重返迈阿密热火队。

当我们想到那些寻找具备必要基本功或有能力培养球员的球队时,圣安东尼奥马刺队和迈阿密热火队一样,都名列前茅。

正因为如此,27岁的海史密斯加盟马刺队是再合适不过了。他在NBA的每一年都在提升自己的比赛水平。在过去的三个赛季中,他的三分球命中率(从32%提高到40%)和防守都有了显著的进步。根据 Second Spectrum 的数据,在上个赛季,他在防守一对一单打方面排名联盟第三,将对手球员的每次一对一单打得分限制在0.70分。他可能不会成为马刺队的首发球员,因为他们已经有了凯尔登·约翰逊(Keldon Johnson)和德文·瓦塞尔(Devin Vassell)(而且可能需要对阵容进行一些调整才能支付海史密斯的合同)。但海史密斯可以成为他们替补席上的一名有价值的球员,一个可以成为马刺队下一个关键发展阶段的一部分的球员。

点击查看原文:Here are six of the best NBA free agents still available -- and which teams should sign them

Here are six of the best NBA free agents still available – and which teams should sign them

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  • Chris Herring, ESPN Senior WriterJul 8, 2024, 08:00 AM ET

With DeMar DeRozan landing in Sacramento and Caleb Martin becoming a Sixer this past weekend, much of the most significant free agent dust has settled on this NBA offseason.

Still, moves around the margins – be it for a backup big or a reserve wing – are often the ones that elevate good teams to great and great teams to champions.

So we looked at six of the top remaining free agents and examined where they’d fit best, including two on title contenders in the Eastern Conference and one on a fast-rising team in the West.


Paul Reed, New York Knicks

The 25-year-old big man, whom the Philadelphia 76ers waived to make space to sign Martin, would fit seamlessly on the Knicks, who lost Isaiah Hartenstein to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason.

New York still has Mitchell Robinson – who is fantastic on the offensive glass (6.7 rebounds per 36 minutes) and as a defensive presence – when he’s available. The center has played more than 70 games in a season once over his six-year NBA career.

Reed, however, played in all 82 regular-season games for the Sixers last season, and he is almost equally relentless on the boards, having finished ninth in the league in offensive rebounding percentage among those who played in at least 60 contests this past season.


Kyle Lowry, Philadelphia 76ers

Lowry, arguably the most accomplished player still on the market as both an NBA champion and a six-time All-Star, returned to his hometown of Philadelphia last season following a trade to (and a buyout with) the Charlotte Hornets. And it makes the most sense for Lowry to stay with the Sixers.

In his 23 games with the 76ers, he enjoyed what would’ve been the most efficient shooting span of his career, if extrapolated over a full campaign. And Philadelphia has what it believes is closer to a championship roster with newcomers Paul George and Martin, minimizing the burden the 38-year-old point guard might otherwise need to shoulder.

Lowry fits in Philly in a minimum-salary backup role, playing behind (and perhaps at times alongside) rising star Tyrese Maxey.


Gary Trent Jr., Utah Jazz

Utah is the team everyone across the NBA is watching because of the offers coming in for All-Star Lauri Markkanen.

As the roster stands now, even with Markkanen, the club has holes everywhere. Two of its biggest: shooting and perimeter defense, especially with point-of-attack stopper Kris Dunn landing with the LA Clippers.

Trent fits that bill. He has shot nearly 39% from distance over the past five seasons while averaging better than one steal per game over that same span. And he has plenty of room to improve defensively too, if he learns to gamble less in passing lanes.

For a team looking to tank – or prioritize its young players – the Jazz could do far worse than Trent, who is still just 25 years old and would immediately become one of the team’s best shooting threats.


Tyus Jones, Orlando Magic

Jones entered this summer as one of the better point guards to hit the market. The 28-year-old Washington Wizards floor general is believed to be seeking a starting role – with a salary to match – but just about every club has a starter already. (Even the Wizards have since landed point guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Portland Trail Blazers in a move Washington might have made in anticipation of Jones heading elsewhere over the summer.)

So where does that leave one of the league’s most sure-handed point guards? It likely would take some maneuvering in the form of a sign-and-trade, but Orlando is a great fit, even if Jones might not start for the Magic. They have one of the NBA’s best wing defenders in Jalen Suggs and look comfortable giving the lead ball handler reins to him.

Still, the Magic need guards who can shoot, and Jones is coming off a career-best season in nearly every category. He shot 41% from 3 and led the NBA in assist-turnover ratio. He would immediately get significant minutes with the rest of the starters, given his ability to organize an offense.


Precious Achiuwa, Detroit Pistons

The soon-to-be 25-year-old was a meaningful role player in 49 games with the Knicks this past season, filling in for both Robinson and Hartenstein when they were out of the lineup tending to injuries.

Achiuwa enjoyed more playing time than ever before in New York and made the most of the opportunity, logging what would have been career bests in effective field goal rate and rebounds per game. And he held opposing shooters almost five percentage points beneath their norms around the basket. Could it have been a function of the system he was playing in and the coach he was playing for? Sure. But if you are managing a team like the Pistons, who need better big man play behind youngster Jalen Duren, what’s the risk in signing someone like Achiuwa, who has shown this kind of upside?

If Achiuwa continues developing, he could become a long-term player for a franchise lacking any sort of identity.


Haywood Highsmith, San Antonio Spurs

On Monday, Highsmith agreed to a two-year, $11M deal to return to Miami.

When we think about organizations that seek players who either have the necessary fundamentals or possess the ability to develop them, San Antonio, like the Miami Heat, is right near the top of the list.

Because of that, the 27-year-old Highsmith would make all the sense in the world for the Spurs. He has upgraded his game every year he has been in the NBA. His 3-point shot has improved drastically over the past three campaigns (from 32% to 40%), as has his defense. This past season, he was third in the NBA in defending isolations, limiting opposing players to just 0.70 points per isolation chance, according to Second Spectrum. He likely wouldn’t be a starter with the Spurs, who already have Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell (and might need to make some roster adjustments in order to afford Highsmith’s contract). But Highsmith could be a valuable player off their bench, one who could be a part of the Spurs’ next critical developmental phase.

via ESPN