After an initial worry that this NBA offseason might drag just as much as the NBA hiatus in the spring, it’s now looking like the 2021 season will start mid-winter, meaning free agency is fast approaching. That means free agent rankings lists galore! Yet the newest one, from ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, leaves us wondering how crazy this offseason could get.
For those who aren’t subscribed to ESPN+, I’ll give away some of what Pelton writes. Using data to understand players’ impact on their team’s success while they were on the floor as well as how their production compared to other players their age, Pelton revealed his rankings of players who could realistically become free agents (that means no Andre Drummond or Gordon Hayward or Mike Conley).