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2014 NBA Free Agency: Ranking the top 40 free agents
CBSó2014 NBA Free Agency: Ranking the top 40 free agents
A nice article / info list from CBS. Gives you a rank, strengths, weaknesses, and analysis for 40 free agentsófrom LeBron at no.1, to Allan Anderson at no.40. (There's a video, too)
Two current (2013-14) Raptors make the list (as below) along with six former Toronto players
5. Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors
Strengths: Absolute bulldog on both sides of the ball. Relentlessly aggressive. Able to get to the rim and draw fouls. Has developed into a quality shooter from mid-range and three. Can run an offense or lead one as best available weapon. Quick, fast, agile, and strong. Total competitor.
Weaknesses: Gets tunnel vision if a superior player isn't on the floor. Can try and force the issue too often, especially later in games. Struggles to pace himself. Quality defender against guards but lacks size to guard multiple positions effectively. Reputation as a bit of an attitude problem, particularly due to clashes with coaching staffs. Carries a huge chip on his shoulder, which is good and bad.
Analysis: Lowry is the kind of player who if signed as the third-best player on your team, transforms you into a borderline contender at this point. He's meaner than hell on the court and carries the respect of his teammates. Really started to fit into the Raptors' culture last season, showing great maturity. He's the best available point guard and the gap between him and the rest of the field is wide.
32. Greivis Vasquez, PG, Toronto Raptors
Strengths: Slippery. You don't realize he's going to get past you until he's got the ball off the glass headed for the rim. An unpredictable passer who disguises where he's sending the ball with body language really well. Surprisingly quick, agile, and can knock down shots. Brings a lot of heart and energy offensively.
Weaknesses: Turnover prone. Can get out of control very easily. Defensively a nightmare. Lacks lateral quickness, struggles with faster and bigger defenders. Not a great finisher or mid-range shooter. Very much a pure point.
Analysis: Vasquez has defied expectations and built himself into a reliable and useful backup point guard. He makes your team better, as long as you have better options when you need them.