2023 NBA Free Agents: Top 100

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2023 NBA Free Agency: The top-100 NBA free agents for 2023. Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of July 7, 2023.
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  1. James Harden, PG, Philadelphia 76ers, PO, 34
    Harden in Philadelphia has turned into a point guard instead of a scorer first, second and third. He is one of the elite playmakers in the league, and he can also give a team 25-30 points if needed. It appears he will either return to Houston or stay in Philadelphia.





  2. Kyrie Irving, PG, Dallas Mavericks, UFA, 31
    No statements about Irving’s life off the court will be made, but he is the biggest talent in free agency and nearly got five stars. He fits to perfection with Luka Doncic, and the Nets should re-sign him.


  3. Fred VanVleet, PG, Toronto Raptors, PO, 29
    As you can see, there is a huge jump from the second player to the third, but VanVleet is a champion and a fantastic offensive player. He has run the Raptors really well for a really long time. VanVleet is a talent who can make a playoff team into a true contender.


  4. Khris Middleton, SF, Milwaukee Bucks, UFA, 32
    The Milwaukee all-star has returned from his knee injury, which may hurt his contract’s value, but he has been the second offensive option for one of the best teams in the NBA for awhile. He is also a talented defender. Middleton should be an all-star through most of his next contract.


  5. D’Angelo Russell, PG, Los Angeles Lakers, UFA, 27
    Russell’s season has been hot and cold, but he was recently an all-star point guard and he has been excellent with the Lakers after being in Minnesota. Russell should be re-signed by them.


  6. Nikola Vucevic, C, Chicago Bulls, UFA, 32
    Vucevic isn’t an all-star anymore, but he is still an excellent scorer near the basket and when shooting. Vucevic is also one of the league’s elite rebounders and a fantastic playmaker for a center, but he’s not much of a defender.


  7. Draymond Green, PF, Golden State Warriors, PO, 34
    Yes, Green punched a teammate and isn’t the star that he once was, but he can still guard most positions, play multiple positions and is an excellent rebounder and playmaker who could give a team a fiery locker room veteran.


  8. Jerami Grant, PF, Portland Trail Blazers, UFA, 29
    Proving that his fantastic ball in Detroit wasn’t just him stacking points on a poor team, Grant has been fantastic in Portland too. He is scoring more than 20 points on a team with a lot of talented scorers. Given his age, scoring, and ability to be a three or four, Grant could see one of the biggest contracts in free agency.


  9. Russell Westbrook, PG, Los Angeles Clippers, UFA, 34
    Westbrook isn’t the MVP he once was, but was a brilliant sixth man early in the season. That is likely who he should be, but he is starting for the Clippers now and playing well. They should re-sign him.





  10. Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks, UFA, 35
    Lopez is no longer an all-star, but he is still a really strong offensive player, who shoots threes, rebounds and blocks shots at an excellent rate. It’s hard to see him walking away from the Bucks.


  11. Gary Trent Jr., SG, Toronto Raptors, PO, 24
    Trent hasn’t been as strong as he was in his first season with the Raptors, but he is the prototypical NBA shooting guard when considering his size and offensive skills. He is still just 24 and could become a legit second option.


  12. Kelly Oubre, SF, Charlotte Hornets, UFA, 27
    Oubre was a strong role player in Phoenix and Washington, but might be the second best player for the Hornets this season. He is also a solid defender and could be the third- or fourth-best player on an excellent team. He’s very likely to be traded.


  13. Grant Williams, SF, Boston Celtics, UFA, 24
    The Celtics actually denied Williams’ option for next season, but he’s been a revelation for them and will get a big contract this offseason from a team other than Boston. He is one of the NBA’s best shooters and a big three-and-d talent, who at 24 wil be one of the youngest free agents.


  14. Christian Wood, PF, Dallas Mavericks, UFA, 27
    Whether starting or as a sixth man, Wood has continued his act as one of the best offensive scoring bigs in the NBA and one of the best shooting bigs. He’s a big piece for Dallas, but will the club pay him?


  15. Kyle Kuzma, PF, Washington Wizards, PO, 27
    Kuzma has quietly become a 20-point scorer and is a very strong shooter. He is the perfect modern power forward and will probably be traded this season. There’s not a NBA team that couldn’t use him.


  16. Cam Johnson, PF, Brooklyn Nets, RFA, 24
    A major addition to the Nets in the Durant trade, Johnson should re-sign with the Nets. He is one of the league’s best shooters and a four who shoots in the 40-percent range will get a lot of money.


  17. Jakob Poeltl, C, Toronto Raptors, UFA, 27
    Poeltl is as solid as it gets at the five. He basically averages a double-double and is an incredibly efficient player. As Toronto traded a first-round pick for Poeltl, he is likely to re-sign.


  18. Dillon Brooks, SF, Memphis Grizzlies, UFA, 27
    Brooks is a talented scorer and defender, but he is an average shooter, which is the only reason why he’s not a four-star free agent. Brooks plays his role so well for the Grizzlies that he needs to be re-signed by them.


  19. Jordan Clarkson, SG, Utah Jazz, PO, 30
    Clarkson is starting for the Jazz and scoring a lot of points, which has been his skill since he was drafted. He is best as a sixth man on an elite team, but this has been his best season and he will be paid well.





  20. Josh Hart, SG, New York Knicks, PO, 28
    Hart is a unique talent. He can score 20 points in some games, is an elite rebounding guard, an excellent shooter and also a strong distributor. The Knicks traded quite the haul for him and should re-sign him.


  21. Kevin Love, PF, Miami Heat, UFA, 34
    Kevin Love was once one of the NBA’s best players. Now? He’s still pretty solid and is a perfect fit with the Heat. He remains an elite rebounder, but is having a rough season in terms of shooting the ball.


  22. Tre Jones, PG, San Antonio Spurs, RFA, 23
    Jones has proven himself a solid starter, but he should be a sixth man. Jones won’t be too expensive, so he’s likely to stay with the Spurs.


  23. Moritz Wagner, PF, Orlando Magic, UFA, 26
    Wagner is an efficient scorer and talented rebounder who is a very talented third big man.


  24. Will Barton, SF, Toronto Raptors, UFA, 32
    Barton continues to score the basketball and could have a huge role off the bench for Toronto, like when he was in Denver.


  25. Harrison Barnes, SF, Sacramento Kings, UFA, 30
    Barnes has been a strong scorer over his very long career and can still give you 15 points a night, but his shooting has been poor this season. Regardless, he is a huge part of an excellent team and still a solid starter.


  26. Jae Crowder, SF, Milwaukee Bucks, UFA, 32
    Jae Crowder wanted a trade for awhile and should be quite happy on the Bucks, as they just keep winning. He is a big-time energy three-and-d role player. Crowder has played well for the Bucks so far.


  27. Dennis Smith Jr., PG, Charlotte Hornets, 25, UFA
    It is true that Smith was a draft bust, but he is still a very young monster athlete and gifted scorer who is having a very nice season. A team should gamble on him with a decent contract.


  28. Ayo Dosunmu, SG, Chicago Bulls, RFA, 23
    Donmusu has started this season and has played well for the Bulls. He is a combo guard who can shoot, defend and score, and as a restricted free agent, he will likely be re-signed.


  29. Thomas Bryant, C, Denver Nuggets, UFA, 25
    Bryant had a very solid season for the Lakers, as he had some big games with Anthony Davis injured. For the Nuggets though, he has struggled a bit. Regardless, he’s one of the elite reserve centers in the NBA.





  30. Caris LeVert, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers, UFA, 28
    LeVert is a big-time talent, but injuries have really hurt his career. He is a very talented offensive player who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, and his versatiity makes him a valuable asset and fantastic sixth man.


  31. T.J. Warren, PF, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 29
    Warren’s injuries have been severe, but when he is on the court, he scores the basketball. He has almost no role in Phoenix after having a very strong start in Brooklyn.


  32. P.J. Washington, PF, Charlotte Hornets, RFA, 24
    Washington is a very solid player having arguably his best NBA season, and as a power forward, he can shoot the ball, which doubles his value. Washington is one of the few assets for the Hornets, and they would be wise to keep him as a building block.


  33. Matisse Thybulle, SF, Portland Trail Blazers, RFA, 26
    Thybulle is one of the best defenders in the NBA, but offensively is a project. It isn’t easy to be a guard or forward who cannot shoot, but if he is used correctly, he could be an excellent piece for a team.


  34. Victor Oladipo, SG, Miami Heat, UFA, 30
    If Oladipo hadn’t suffered from multiple injuries, there is little doubt he’d be ranked among the first nine players. He is playing very well for Miami as a sixth man, which is his ideal role.


  35. Rui Hachimura, PF, Los Angeles Lakers, RFA, 24
    Hachimura quietly had a really nice start of the season for the Wizards, but was traded to the Lakers. As a combo forward, he is an efficient scorer and talented rebounder. If Hachimura had improved his jumper, he would get a lot more on his deal.


  36. Mason Plumlee, C, Los Angeles Clippers, UFA, 32
    He is a solid veteran center who can start, but should be a third big. He is a very efficient scorer and talented rebounder who was a nice addition to the Clippers after a decade in Charlotte.


  37. Dwight Powell, PF, Dallas Mavericks, UFA, 30
    Powell has been the third big man for the Mavericks since Dirk Nowitzki. His ability to perform as a four and a five, his energy and his hustle as well as being efficient makes him a valuable talent.


  38. Yuta Watanabe, SF, Brooklyn Nets, RFA, 28
    This season, Watanabe is the NBA’s best shooter, hitting more than half his three-pointers. Watanabe is a specialist who should be paid well, as he is playing his best basketball for one of the league’s elite squads.


  39. Seth Curry, SG, Brooklyn Nets, UFA, 32
    Curry, like his older brother, is one of the most efficient shooters in the league. He is a brilliant offensive player, but is a small two-guard and is not much of a playmaker, which hurts his rating.







  40. Bruce Brown, SF, Denver Nuggets, PO, 26
    Brown is a hustle guy who simply helps his team win games. He defends, is an excellent shooter and an efficient scorer, and can be a solid playmaker. Brown deserves a bigger contract.


  41. Georges Niang, PF, Philadelphia 76ers, UFA, 29
    Niang is a fantastic NBA role player who is one of the best shooting forwards in the league and can play the three or four.


  42. Damien Lee, SG, Phoenix Suns, PO, 30
    Stephen Curry’s brother-in-law has performed well for the Suns in his bench role, which is important because they have very few solid reserves. He is a very efficient scorer and fantastic shooter from three.


  43. Montrezel Harrell, PF, Philadelphia 76ers, PO, 28
    Harrell is still a fantastic hustle big man, a skill that no longer is a valued talent, as the NBA wants shooters from non-defensive big men. Give him 20 minutes off the bench a game though, and he will thrive.


  44. Jevon Carter, PG, Milwaukee Bucks, PO, 27
    Carter started for Milwaukee because of injuries, but is a big rotation player for an elite team. He is a talented shooter, playmaker and defender who should stay with the Bucks.


  45. Jalen McDaniels, PF, Philadelphia 76ers, RFA, 25
    McDaniels is a shooter and scorer who also has a bit of playmaking ability. He started this season playing well for the Charlotte Hornets, and was dealt to Philadelphia, where he has been alright. He would be at least a three-star free agent if he improved from range.


  46. Max Strus, SG, Miami Heat, UFA, 27
    Strus has had a very nice season for Miami. He hasn’t been efficient, but he can really score. The Heat lack depth and should keep him.


  47. Darius Bazley, PF, Phoenix Suns, RFA, 23
    Bazley is a shooting forward with shot-blocking talent. He was very solid in Oklahoma City, but has not made a big difference in Phoenix.


  48. Andre Drummond, C, Chicago Bulls, PO, 28
    Drummond is one of the best rebounders in history, which is a fun fact, and he is more than capable of scoring the ball. Drummond is not much of a defender, however, and he can’t shoot the ball.


  49. Terrence Ross, SG, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 28
    Ross is an athletic scorer who has made a huge difference since going to the Suns. He has made himself some money in Phoenix.


  50. Reggie Jackson, PG, Denver Nuggets, UFA, 32
    Jackson was a starter for one of the best teams in the NBA for awhile, but he is currently playing very poorly in bench role in Denver.


  51. Torrey Craig, PF, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 32
    Craig is one of if not the best role player on the Suns and is a fantastic shooter. He is one of the only talented role players on Phoenix and has made the most of his team’s lack of bench players.


  52. Coby White, PG, Chicago Bulls, RFA, 22
    White had a rough start to his season, but has improved in a big way, providing shooting, playmaking and scoring in the second unit.


  53. Shake Milton, SG, Philadelphia 76ers, UFA, 26
    Milton has a four-star name, and he is a solid talent in his own right. Milton is an efficient scorer and shooter with playmaking ability who could be a really solid third guard for many teams.


  54. DeAndre Jordan, C, Denver Nuggets, UFA, 34
    Jordan is still an excellent rebounder and would average a double-double if he was given some more time. Jordan is no longer a starter, but is one of the best reserve centers in the NBA.


  55. Naz Reid, C, Minnesota Timberwolves, UFA, 22
    Naz Reid produces when he gets minutes and deserves a larger role. He can really affect the game with his style, but there are so few minutes available with the Timberwolves.


  56. Josh Richardson, SG, New Orleans Pelicans, UFA, 29
    Richardson is a solid scorer and shooter as a fourth perimeter guy, and he is a nice fit with the Pelicans.


  57. Keita Bates-Diop, SF, San Antonio Spurs, UFA, 27
    Bates-Diop is an efficient shooter and scorer who is having a career year with the Spurs.


  58. Lonnie Walker, SG, Los Angeles Lakers, UFA, 23
    Lonnie Walker is a solid role player who is having a really strong season with the Lakers. This season, he is a very efficient shooter and scorer, and has been one of few Lakers who has performed well.


  59. Justise Winslow, SF, Portland Trail Blazers, UFA, 27
    Winslow isn’t the player many thought he could become, and he is a mediocre at best offensive player. Still, Winslow is a talented role player.


  60. Trey Lyles, PF, Sacramento Kings, UFA, 27
    If you are a power forward who can shoot the ball, you have value in the NBA. Lyles may only be an average shooter, but adding size with shooting ability is important in today’s league.


  61. George Hill, PG, Indiana Pacers, UFA, 36
    Hill has been one of the best role player guards in the NBA for awhile now, and he still makes a difference, but at 36, he isn’t the talent he was.


  62. Jeff Green, PF, Denver Nuggets, UFA, 36
    Remember when Jeff Green was drafted fifth to the SuperSonics? He was paired with Kevin Durant in the draft to be the foundation of the franchise. He’s no Durant, but he has had a really nice career and plays a big role for Denver, which is arguably the best team in the West.


  63. Danilo Gallinari, PF, Boston Celtics, PO, 34
    The Italian forward is aging and recovering from a torn ACL and would probably have a third star if healthy, as he’s a strong shooter and scorer. Gallinari would be smart to take his option, as he would likely receive the minimum coming off an injury.


  64. Cam Reddish, SF, Portland Trail Blazers, UFA, 23
    Reddish is a scorer who just hasn’t found the right team. Given his talent, he would be a smart pickup for a franchise that wants an athletic small forward.


  65. Dennis Schroder, PG, Los Angeles Lakers, UFA, 29
    Schroder said “no” to a massive contract recently, and it’s a shame because he is just an average-level second point guard.


  66. Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Golden State Warriors, 26
    DiVincenzo is a strong three-and-d player for the Warriors. He has been a key role guy on talented teams for years, as he was in Milwaukee with Giannis Antetokounmpo. A championship-caliber roster seems to be where DiVincenzo belongs in the NBA.


  67. Blake Griffin, C, Boston Celtics, UFA, 34
    Griffin isn’t the dunk-machine star he was with the Clippers, but Griffin has made himself into a fantastic role guy. He hustles; he rebounds; and he really helps in the little aspects that help his team win.


  68. Jaylen Nowell, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves, RFA, 23
    The Timberwolves have pathetic depth, the least in the NBA, but Nowell has been solid and had a huge jump in numbers.


  69. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves, RFA, 24
    The Timberwolves combo guard is a strong bench guy, as Alexander-Walker is an uber-talented scorer who has been really efficient.


  70. Bismack Biyombo, C, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 29
    Biyombo was considered somewhat of a draft bust, but the big man has been an efficient scorer, an excellent rebounder and a solid defender. His length is simply incredible, which he has put to use well.


  71. Kendrick Nunn, PG, Washington Wizards, UFA, 27
    Nunn was not a big factor on the Lakers, but his fit on the Wizards has been solid. He has proven that he is a baller in previous seasons.


  72. Otto Porter Jr., PF, Toronto Raptors, UFA, 30
    Porter is a forward who can shoot, score and be a playmaker for his team, but he hasn’t played a role this season.


  73. Joe Ingles, SF, Milwaukee Bucks, UFA, 36
    Joe Ingles is 36 and is coming off injury, but is a big-time shooter, a strong playmaker and a solid veteran rotation guy.


  74. JayMachal Green, PF, Golden State Warriors, UFA, 33
    Green has been a productive role player for a Warriors team that has really needed some. The forward scores efficiently and rebounds the ball quite nicely.


  75. JaVonte Green, PF, Chicago Bulls, PO, 30
    Green is an excellent hustle guy who gives so much energy when on the court and is a ridiculous athlete and hard worker. He is small and lacks offensive talent, which hurts his rating, but is a strong role player.


  76. Cory Joseph, PG, Detroit Pistons, UFA, 31
    Joseph is a skilled reserve point guard who is still a strong role player. He could play a big role on a playoff team, and his talent is wasted on the Pistons.


  77. Robin Lopez, C, Cleveland Cavaliers, UFA, 35
    Robin Lopez isn’t the offensive player his twin, Brook, is, but Robin Lopez has been a strong defensive center for a long time. He serves the Cavaliers quite well as the fourth big man.


  78. Patrick Beverlry, PG, Chicago Bulls, UFA, 35
    Beverly is a fantastic defender, an excellent rebounder and can shoot the ball. His age lowers him a bit, but he has been brilliant since he signed with the Bulls.


  79. Danny Green, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers, UFA, 35
    Once an elite three-and-d guy, Green can continue as a shooting specialist.


  80. Goran Dragic, PG, Milwaukee Bucks, PO, 36
    Dragic is instant offense and has a strong jump shot. He is a perfect bench guy for playoff teams.


  81. Aaron Holiday, SG, Atlanta Hawks, RFA, 24
    The third brother is a shell of Jrue Holiday, but Aaron Holiday is young and has a skill, plus is a very strong shooter. He has a chance to improve too, making him a prospect to keep an eye on.


  82. Dario Saric, PF, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 28
    Saric is almost 7 foot and can shoot threes, which earns him two stars and an NBA deal. He was once a big-time draft pick, but is a talented role guy.


  83. Danuel House, SF, Philadelphia 76ers, PO, 29
    House is an athletic scorer who has had a rough season shooting the basketball. Regardless, he plays a big role for a playoff team.


  84. Derrick Jones Jr., SF, Chicago Bulls, PO, 26
    Jones is a decent energy forward whose athleticism is his largest talent. He is not much of a scorer, but he plays hard and helps his team a lot.


  85. Gabe Vincent, PG, Miami Heat, UFA, 27
    Vincent is a low-efficiency bench scorer with some playmaking ability. He is suited to be a strong fourth guard for a team.


  86. Austin Reaves, SG, Los Angeles Lakers, RFA, 23
    Reaves is a young shooter and scorer, who has been a bright light for a team that lacks shooting and is disappointing to say the least. He’s had a a really strong second season for the Lakers.


  87. Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Utah Jazz, PO, 23
    The former Lakers forward had a really nice stretch in Los Angeles, but this isn’t his season, as he hasn’t provided much help to the Jazz. If Horton-Tucker can perform like when he was with the Lakers, he could likely find more playing time for the Jazz.


  88. Drew Eubanks, PF, Portland Trail Blazers, UFA, 26
    Eubanks is a productive second-unit big man who is an efficient scorer, can shoot a bit, and rebounds and blocks shots well.


  89. Wenyen Gabriel, PF, Los Angeles Lakers, UFA, 26
    Gabriel is a talented young big man who is a solid shooter and scorer.


  90. Isaiah Roby, C, San Antonio Spurs, UFA, 25
    Roby was a really productive big in Oklahoma City, but he has a small role for the Spurs. Roby has proven that he can shoot and score off the bench; he just needs a different team.


  91. Nick Richards, C, Charlotte Hornets, UFA, 25
    Richards is a really solid second-unit center who is making the most of his minutes this season. His shot-blocking and rebounding numbers are fantastic.


  92. R.J. Hampton, SG, Detroit Pistons, RFA, 25
    Hampton is a talented scorer and rebounder for a guard, but he needs to be more efficient. He is very talented.


  93. Jock Landale, C, Phoenix Suns, UFA, 27
    Landale has been a productive reserve big for the Suns who scores efficiently, can shoot and notches a lot of rebounds and blocks.


  94. Gorgui Dieng, C, San Antonio Spurs, UFA, 32
    Dieng was a double-double machine when he was with the Timberwolves, but now he is a spot role player.


  95. Jaxon Hayes, C, New Orleans Pelicans, RFA, 23
    Yes, Hayes has not played like the the 10th pick from his draft, but he is still a somewhat productive per-minute guy. On a team other than the Pelicans, he could find a role.


  96. Austin Rivers, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves, UFA, 30
    At this point, Rivers is in the NBA for one reason; he remains a fantastic shooter. Still, he is little more than a third-string combo guard.


  97. Stanley Johnson, SF, San Antonio Spurs, UFA, 25
    The former lottery pick is a solid role player who has played well this season and might be earning himself a semi-nice contract.


  98. Dalano Blanton, PG, Toronto Raptors, RFA, 23
    Blanton is a solid scorer and pesky defender at guard. He needs a bigger role.


  99. Terrence Davis, SG, Sacramento Kings, UFA, 26
    Davis is a very pesky defender and is a semi-efficient scorer who is shooting well.


  100. Juan Hernangomez, PF, Toronto Raptors, UFA, 27
    Hernangomez has been a decent role player in the NBA, and he has some nice offensive talent. He has a role for the playoff-contending Raptors.






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