Ranking the Best NBA Free Agents of the Upcoming 2017 Class

October 31st, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
Meaningful NBA games only just started up again, and they should be taking up a lion's share of your interest. But you need to know that longing for free-agency talk is perfectly normal.

Because it's never too early for summertime primers.

If you think about it, we have no choice but to discuss the best 2017 free agents at every position. All the rookie-scale extensions that were recently agreed upon force a change in pecking order. We might as well hash it out now.

Players with team options, such as Dirk Nowitzki, are ineligible, since their fate is not their own. Those who hold player and early-termination options will only be considered if they're expected to decline them—Pau Gasol, Greg Monroe and Dwyane Wade are more likely to play out the last year of their deals, so they won't be making an appearance.

Placement is based entirely on where a player is expected to stand at his respective position entering 2017-18, not during 2016-17. And with this season in its infancy, we will rely on last year's production to be our ranking guide.

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