Mostly agree with your rankings; with the optimism bias from being a cardinals fan personally, I'd argue you could make a 1 star increase at each position, but their current rankings are also fair. I very much disagree with the 1 star ranking at special teams however, as we have a pro bowl gunner in Justin Bethel being joined by some high upside athletes in the kick coverage team and kick return game. Probably the best coverage unit in the game, which coupled with a punter who is below average (don't think he's as bad as stats show- his hangtime is rediculous, and it seems the staff went with him for this reason. I'd choose a distance leg with our coverage team, butI digress). In short, I'd say 3 stars is fair. A perfectly average special teams unit, whose only limitation really seems to be Drew Butler's distance and the uncertainty of a new long snapper (but both seem pretty reliable this far)
A list of the top 2010 NBA Free Agent point guards.
Raymond Felton (UFA), Bobcats. Age: 25.
In a very weak class of free agent point guards, Felton is the best available. The former Tar Heel saw his numbers dip last season due to the early season acquisition of Stephen Jackson. Felton's numbers have remained steady but certainly not spectacular and he could be expendable because of Jackson and young backup point guard D.J. Augustin. He is not worth anything more than about $7 million a year, but a team in need of a point guard might overpay him especially since this offseason is also a very weak point guard draft class.
Predicted Contract: 5 years, $40 million
Possible Destinations: CHA, NY, MIA, SAC
Kyle Lowry (RFA), Rockets. Age: 24.
Even with the breakout year from starting point guard Aaron Brooks, Lowry proved to be very valuable coming off the bench for the Rockets. He is in the final year of his rookie contract and would have to be signed to an offer sheet that is too pricey for him to leave Houston. If the Rockets are unable to sign him to an extension, look for Lowry to play out the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Predicted Contract: Accepts qualifying offer
Possible Destinations: HOU
Luke Ridnour (UFA), Bucks. Age: 29.
Ridnour had a great bounce-back season in Milwaukee playing behind and often times alongside rookie Brandon Jennings. He shot the ball well and even played a good amount of crunch time minutes when Jennings was going through a funk during the season. He is probably better suited coming off the bench but a team in desperate need of a point guard who can hit open shots might pursue him with the idea of having him once again become a starter. A contending team looking to land a solid role player could possibly have him for the mid-level exception.
Predicted Contract: 3 years, $15 million
Possible Destinations: MIL, LAL, ORL, IND, BOS, CHA
T.J. Ford (PO), Pacers. Age: 27.
Since arriving in Indy, Ford has been a big disappointment. He was hampered by injuries once again this past season and lost his starting job to Earl Watson, even being benched by Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien. He has little value on the open market and would be foolish not to exercise his $8.5 million option on the final year of his contract. Look for the Pacers to try and trade his expiring deal to a team looking to dump some salary or in need of a one-year rental back-up point guard.
Predicted Contract: picks up player option
Possible Destinations: IND
Will Bynum (RFA), Pistons. Age: 27.
Bynum has gone from undrafted, to out of the league, to valuable backup. He is due for a raise this summer after being a steal of a value for Detroit. The Pistons can match any offer sheet Bynum signs with another team and barring a ridiculous overpaying of his services, Detroit should keep him as a solid backup to Rodney Stuckey.
Predicted Contract: 3 years, $10 million
Possible Destinations: DET, MIA, MIL, CHI
Chris Duhon (UFA), Knicks. Age: 27.
For a team in need of a veteran backup point guard who knows how to run a team and doesn't try to do too much, Duhon might be your guy. He is a smart player who is not known for his scoring, but would be a great second option at the point for a contender in need of an unselfish backup.
Predicted Contract: 3 years, $9.6 million
Possible Destinations: ORL, MIL, CHA, CHI, NJ
Derek Fisher (UFA), Lakers. Age: 35.
Fisher's playing days are coming to an end. Although, I have been thinking that for past couple of seasons and he continues to be a valuable commodity for the Lakers. But Fisher turns 36 years old this summer and has a logged a lot of action during the past few seasons. If he does not return to the Lakers, who could be searching for an upgrade at the point, I would not be surprised if he chose to retire.
Predicted Contract: one year, $5 million
Possible Destinations: LAL
Nate Robinson (UFA), Celtics. Age: 25.
The Celtics were hoping the late-season acquisition of Robinson would provide them with a much needed spark off the bench. While at times the 5-9 guard brought that energy, he mostly found himself stuck on Boston's bench. He is a scoring point guard who has yet to show he is capable of running a winning team and will not be a hot commodity on the open market.
Predicted Contract: one year, $2.5 million
Possible Destinations: SAC, NJ, BOS
Earl Watson (UFA), Pacers. Age: 30.
Watson falls in the Duhon category of a fairly cheap, but solid option for a backup point guard. He has never been known for his scoring, but can provide some experience and leadership off the bench. Earning the starting job in Indiana this past season was huge considering he was released by the Thunder last offseason.
Predicted Contract: 2 years, $5.2 million
Possible Destinations: IND, ORL, LAL, MIL
Mario Chalmers (TO), Heat. Age: 24. Heat exercised team option
The former Jayhawk was thrust into the starting lineup during his rookie season and was serviceable, but struggled during his sophomore campaign. The Heat hold a very reasonable team option that would pay him a little less than $850,000 next season. However, Miami could actually let Chalmers walk as they are interested in clearing up as much cap space as possible. In the end, I think they will keep Chalmers as his price tag is too affordable even if it is as a third option at the point.
Predicted Contract: Heat pick up team option
Possible Destinations: MIA
Other Free Agent Point Guards: Serqio Rodriguez (QO), Jordan Farmar (QO), Carlos Arroyo (UFA), Roger Mason (UFA), Steve Blake (UFA), Rafer Alston (UFA), Keyon Dooling (UFA), Marcus Williams (UFA), Jamaal Tinsley (UFA), Allen Iverson (UFA), C.J. Watson (RFA), Jason Williams (UFA), Anthony Johnson (UFA), Royal Ivey (UFA), Mike James (UFA), Sebastian Telfair (UFA), Anthony Carter (UFA), Travis Diener (UFA), Acie Law (UFA), Chris Quinn (UFA), Earl Boykins (UFA), Javaris Crittenton (UFA), Chucky Atkins (UFA), Kevin Ollie (UFA)