Do they call it Garbage time because when a team is up big, their defense starts to play like garbage? I mean do defensive players these days Play to Win, but once they're in position to, it's time to let players on their fantasy teams or their friends fantasy teams rack up some numbers? Do these players start to feel bad that they have to make a game of it all the time? Defenses that stop playing hard for 60 minutes even though they are up big is to football what the pitch count is to baseball.. does some damage to the integrity of the game.
A list of the top 2009 NBA Free Agent point guards.
Jason Kidd, Mavericks (9.0 ppg, 8.7 apg, 6.2 rpg) Age: 36. Re-signed with Mavericks: 3 years, $25 million
Kidd proved this year that there is still some gas left in the tank. The question for general managers this off-season will be just how much gas is left? Mavs owner Mark Cuban has already stated that he hopes to bring J-Kidd back to Dallas.
Prediction: Re-signs 3 year, $27 million with Mavs
Raymond Felton (RFA), Bobcats (14.2 ppg, 6.7 apg, 3.8 rpg) Age: 24. Re-signed with Bobcats: 1 year
Felton is in the final year of his rookie contract and has been the topic of quite a few trade rumors in the past few months. The Bobcat is worth more than the $5.5 million qualifying offer he is due this off-season and will likely garner a lot of interest from other teams if Charlotte is not willing to pony up the big bucks to sign him to a multi-year extension. Michael Jordan has recently stated that the �Cats want Felton back.
Prediction: Signs 5-year, $50 million extension with Bobcats
Mike Bibby, Hawks (14.9 ppg, 5.0 apg, 3.5 rpg) Age: 31. Re-signed with Hawks: 3 years, $18 million
Since arriving in the ATL, Bibby has been solid, but certainly not spectacular running the point for the Hawks. He has been that veteran, calming presence that this fairly young team has needed. But with the recent acquisition of Jamal Crawford and taking Jeff Teague with their first-round pick, it appears Bibby�s days in Atlanta are done. There are a few teams with the cap space to try and sign him (the Pistons are an option since Rodney Stuckey isn't a true point), but he may have to settle for the mid-level exception.
Prediction: Signs 2-year, mid-level exception with Heat
Andre Miller, 76ers (16.3 ppg, 6.5 apg, 4.5 rpg) Age: 33. Signed with Blazers
Miller may have shown himself the door in Philly when he skipped the Sixers' end of the year team meeting after they were eliminated from the playoffs. At 33, he may be heading towards the down side of his career, but considering he has only missed five games in his nine-year NBA career, there should be little question about his durability. Again though, since there aren't a lot of teams with cap space, the mid-level may be headed his way.
Prediction: Signs three-years, mid level exception with Blazers
Every move the Knicks have made in the past year and a half has been with the intention of clearing up cap space for highly anticipated 2010 off-season and potential run at bring LeBron to the Big Apple. With that being considered, New York may let Robinson walk if he signs an expensive offer sheet with another team. I am sure they would be more than happy to re-sign the dunk champion for the less than $3 million qualifying offer required in the final year of his rookie deal. It will likely come down to the question of how many teams will be interested in an undersized, shoot first point guard like Robinson?
Prediction: Accepts qualifying offer with Knicks
Ramon Sessions, Bucks (12.4 ppg, 5.7 apg, 3.4 rpg) Age: 23. Signed with Timberwolves
A second-round pick just two years ago, Sessions should cash in on becoming an unrestricted free agent. He is an exciting offensive point guard who can do a little bit of everything needed by a one, but barely plays any defense which is why he will likely not be back with the Bucks and hard-nosed head coach Scott Skiles next year. With Milwaukee drafting a point guard of the future in Brandon Jennings, the odds of Sessions returning to the team have slimmed.
Prediction: Signs 4-years, $24 million with Pistons
Jarrett Jack (RFA), Pacers (13.1 ppg, 4.1 apg, 3.4 rpg) Age: 25. Signed with Raptors
Jack ended up playing himself into the starting point guard role in Indiana after spending some of the season in the same starting backcourt as T.J. Ford. Some feel he is better suited as the shooting guard and are not sure he can be "the" point guard on a winning team. With that said, it might be tough for any team to make a long-term investment to bring in Jack to run their team. Indiana did draft A.J. Price in the second round and Travis Diener exercised his player option, so I would expect the Pacers to either part ways with Jack or trade T.J. Ford.
Prediction: Signs 4-year, $28 million extension with Pacers
C.J. Watson, Warriors (9.5 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.5 rpg) Age: 25.
After going un-drafted a couple years ago, Watson played himself from the NBDL to a solid contributor with the Warriors. Golden State has a pretty full backcourt since drafting Stephen Curry, and acquiring Acie Law and Speedy Claxton (who is likely to be released) from Atlanta.
Prediction: Re-signs 3 years, $7.5 million with Warriors
Stephon Marbury, Celtics (3.8 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 rpg) Age: 32.
Throwing all the drama of the past year out the window, Marbury is still only 32 years old. He suffered a very humbling experience with the Knicks, and responded like a true professional in coming off the bench for Boston. If Marbury can continue to accept the fact that he probably is not going to be handed the keys to any offense this off-season, he will have to accept another back-up role and seems to have found a nice fit with the Celtics.
Prediction: Re-signs 1 year, $2.5 million with Celtics or Heat
Bobby Jackson, Kings (7.5 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.8 rpg) Age: 36.
His days are definitely numbered in the NBA, but that doesn't mean Jackson can't be an important role player next season. He is a crafty veteran who has plenty of postseason experience and could help mentor a younger point guard or be a valuable backup on a contender.
Prediction: Signs 1-year, league minimum with Pistons
Other Notable Free Agents: Anthony Carter (Re-signed with Nuggets), Ronnie Price, Tyronn Lue, Willie Solomon, Jacque Vaughn, Jason Hart, Kevin Ollie (Signed with Thunder), Brevin Knight