7. Josh Smith: 17.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.8 BPG, 46 FG%, 51 FT%
Smith put another great season in the bank, and now he will try to break the bank as an unrestricted free agent. Smith can go off any night with his elite athletic ability, but it hasn’t translated into playoff success yet with the Atlanta Hawks. Some team will make Smith a “max-player” and will get production on the court, but shouldn’t count on him to take their franchise deep into the playoffs. I believe Smith is an ideal number two scoring option; it will be interesting where he plays next season.
6. Kevin Garnett: 14.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, .9 BPG, 49 FG%, 78 FT%
Garnett’s Hall of Fame career is dwindling down and who knows if we have seen him play for the last time, but he continues to produce and be a leader on the court. Garnett showed in the playoffs he could still rebound and dominate the glass while being the ultimate teammate and leader. KG played a lot of center this season because the lack of center depth on the roster, but he will go down as one of the best power forwards ever.
5. LaMarcus Aldridge: 21.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 BPG, 48 FG%, 81 FT%
Aldridge led the league in points from the power forward position, and might be the second most talented forward behind Kevin Love. Aldridge will benefit greatly from his stud young point guard in Damian Lillard. The Trailblazers must get pieces around these two and they will find themselves back in the playoffs sooner rather than later.
4. Zach Randolph: 15.4 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, .4 BPG, 46 FG%, 75 FT%
Z-Bo showed he was a force all season and was the second half of the best frontcourt in basketball. He might be slowing down after finishing his 11th year and with his physical play, I expect to see a decline in production next season. As for this season, Randolph continued to be one of the most productive players at his position on both sides of the court.