Top 10 Free Agent Small Forwards

Top 10 potential free agent Small Forwards this summer for the Dallas Mavericks.

Advertisements

As we continue our search for the players that will compile the next Dallas Mavericks Championship team we will take a look at potential upcoming free agents for the Small Forward position.  This is a list loaded with top level talent and game changing players.  Most of the great talent in this group have player options for next season but will be looking to cash in on some new max deals.

Now that Harrison Barnes is no longer a Maverick this position is wide open, making Small Forward and Center the two main areas of focus this offseason.  The Mavericks should feel pretty good about the quality and depth of both of these position groups, giving them a great opportunity to add complementary talent around Luka Dončić, Kristaps Porzingis, and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Other Free Agent Articles

Everything You Need to Know About Mavs Free Agency – detailed information on Mavs future contracts, cap space, and restricted free agents.

Top 10 Free Agent Centers

Top 10 Free Agent Power Forwards

Top 10 Free Agent Small Forwards

Top 10 Free Agent Shooting Guards

Top 10 Free Agent Point Guards

 

Top 10 Potential 2019 Free Agent Small Forwards

RFA – Restricted Free Agent
UFA – Unrestricted Free Agent
PO – Player Option
TO – Team Option
Career Earnings – Money earned by NBA salary through the 2018-2019 season, does not include 2019 Option amount.

 

Leonard

1.  Kawhi Leonard, Toronto Raptors

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
PO 27 $23.1 M $84.5 M $21.3 M
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 44 34.8 49% 36% 87% 7.6 3.3 1.9 0.5 2.1 26.9
Career 451 30.8 49% 38% 85% 6.3 2.4 1.8 0.7 1.4 17.4

NBA Champion, Finals MVP, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard stacked up some impressive accolades in his first 6 years with the San Antonio Spurs.  Then last season’s injuries and feud with the Spurs organization then resulted in Kawhi being shipped off to the Eastern Conference Toronto Raptors.

Everyone was wondering Leonard he would be the same player without Popovich and after taking nearly an entire year off from playing in the NBA.  44 games into his season with the Toronto Raptors it is VERY clear that Kawhi has not lost a step. He is still the clutch, defensively dominant NBA superstar that the Raptors were hoping for as they are currently 2nd in the entire NBA with just about 20 games left to play in the 2018-2019 season.

I love the way Kawhi goes about his business on the court.  He is the silent assassin who is always fully engaged offensively and defensively, always plays hard, and knows how to work within a team concept.  He is the best perimeter defender in the league, he and Marcus Smart are probably the only NBA defenders I have seen turn an NBA game into a High School game by bullying the opposing ball handler to the point where they can’t even bring the ball up the floor.  To go along with that he can give you 27 points per game while being efficient from 3, at the rim, and at the free throw line.

We have “Cool Hand Luka” now lets get “The Claw,” grab the reigns of “The Unicorn” and soar to the top of the West.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
1/13 WAS 52% 3 50% 89% 11 5 3 2 3 41 35.7
1/1 UTA 73% 0 0% 77% 6 1 0 0 2 45 34.1
12/21 CLE 75% 2 50% 92% 6 1 1 0 1 37 33.1
1/8 ATL 61% 3 50% 86% 4 6 6 1 1 31 33.1
12/5 PHI 54% 5 83% 83% 9 1 5 1 2 36 31.5

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

Durant

2.  Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
PO 30 $30 M $190.2 M $31.5 M
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 60 35.5 52% 37% 89% 7 5.8 0.8 1.2 3 27.5
Career 831 37 49% 38% 88% 7.1 4.1 1.1 1.1 3.1 27.2

I am sure many of you are surprised to see the back-to-back Finals MVP second on any list.  KD is as good of a scorer as any player in NBA history.  He is the rarest combination of height, length, athleticism, and skill that renders defenders obsolete.  He is a 2x Champion*, 2x Finals MVP, 2014 NBA MVP, 8x All-NBA, All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 4x NBA Scoring Champ, and 2008 Rookie of the Year.  Any team that signs Durant immediately becomes a team that wants to compete for an NBA Championship immediately.

Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard’s numbers this year are very similar.  Durant scores less than 1 ppg more than Kawhi with slightly better shooting percentages, more blocks,  and more assists; Kawhi on the other hand has a slight edge in turnovers, rebounds, and steals.  Both players are elite Superstars that once on your team makes you an instant title contender.  A major factor in Kawhi Leonard being ranked above KD here is the fact that if both are given max contracts, which is fully expected, Durant will cost about $6 million more per year than Kawhi simply because of Durant’s 10+ year NBA tenure versus Kawhi’s 8 years.  For more information on max contracts check out Everything You Need to Know About Mavs Free Agency.

I am one of the many NBA fans that were disappointed in KD’s decision to leave Oklahoma City to go to Golden State after the Warriors had just come back from 3-1 deficit to beat Durant and the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals in 2016.  I was looking forward to the Warriors and Thunder, KD vs Steph, to be a great rivalry in the Western Conference for years but Durant deprived me of that by jumping ship and joining the team that just knocked him out of the WCF.  Now, that is just me being a selfish NBA fan, I understand Durant has the right to make whatever decision he wants.  I’m no fool, if Durant decided he wanted to come play with Luka and Porzingis in Dallas I would be jumping for joy! Will he shock the world again and leave Golden State to blaze a new path?

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
11/29 TOR 58% 4 57% 92% 11 6 0 0 1 51 42.2
11/26 ORL 49% 4 40% 100% 6 9 2 2 4 49 38.2
10/26 NYK 71% 5 56% 100% 9 5 0 0 3 41 34.6
11/24 SAC 50% 2 25% 94% 13 7 0 2 7 44 33
12/23 LAC 53% 3 43% 80% 12 5 1 3 1 35 32.9

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Middleton

3.  Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
PO 27 $13 M $59.5 M $13 M
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 62 34.6 50% 43% 87% 7.9 2.7 0.7 0.5 1.9 20.9
Career 526 30.2 47% 37% 82% 5.9 1.8 0.7 0.5 1.4 15.4

Khris Middleton is the second-best player on the best team in the entire NBA, the 46-14 Milwaukee Bucks.  With elite 3-point shooting, the ability to create his own shot and shots for others, Middleton is a very good offensive player.  He may not have eye popping steal or block numbers but he is 6’8″, long arms, and and plays 35 minutes per game on the team with the best Defensive Rating in the NBA.

This 7 year-vet, second round pick out of Texas A&M, can forget about that $13 million player option this summer, he is about to get paid!

Similarly to Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler, Middleton is eligible to make $32.7 million next season for a max contract.  It is hard to say whether or not Middleton is worth a max contract for the Dallas Mavericks but he seems like he would be a great fit alongside Luka and Porzingis.  He would feast off of open 3’s with Luka manipulating defenses, the same type of shots he sees right now next to Giannis in Milwaukee.  He may not be the sexiest name in free agency but if Middleton could contribute to the Mavs the same way he helps the Bucks, signing him could be a big win for Dallas this summer.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
12/29 BRK 73% 4 67% 100% 4 7 1 0 0 29 29.2
10/22 NYK 79% 7 88% 50% 7 2 1 0 2 30 25.5
11/16 CHI 60% 2 33% 100% 10 8 2 0 2 23 23.5
2/23 MIN 56% 4 40% 100% 7 3 0 0 1 28 22.6
1/4 ATL 88% 4 100% 50% 1 4 3 0 1 19 20.5

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Butler

4.  Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia 76ers

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
PO 29 $20.4 M $77.8 M $19.8 M
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 49 33.5 48% 36% 86% 5.1 4 2 0.6 1.4 19.1
Career 507 32.9 46% 34% 84% 4.9 3.4 1.6 0.5 1.5 16.7

The Jimmy Butler/Minnesota Timberwolves drama is finally over, as he has been sent to Philadelphia to run with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on a 1-year rental.  Butler will undoubtedly decline his 2019 option and look for a huge max deal this summer. Although Philly is right now seen as a temporary landing spot, it makes a lot of sense for Butler to start building a long-lasting rapport with their 2 young stars.  One of the game’s best two-way players and still in his prime, on paper Butler seems like a great fit next to Embiid and Simmons.

The 76ers have now also brought in another 1-year rental and upcoming free agent looking for big money this offseason, Tobias Harris.  Philadelphia is certainly all in for this season, currently 4th in the East, but if don’t advance far in the playoffs and the all the pieces don’t appear to fit, they may have some tough decisions to make this summer.

Butler is a 4x All-Star, 2x All NBA, 4x All Defense, and 2015 Most Improved Player.  There is no doubting Butler’s hard work, will to win, and effort but I do doubt that he is a great fit for the Mavericks.  The way Butler handled the Timberwolves situation by butting heads with the teams two young stars, Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and turning the team into a reality TV show.  Maybe it wasn’t his fault, and maybe he was treated unfairly but having him around Luka and Porzingis scares me.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
10/19 CLE 83% 1 100% 100% 7 3 4 2 2 33 37
12/7 DET 48% 1 17% 92% 6 6 3 1 0 38 35.2
11/25 BRK 55% 5 83% 100% 12 2 4 0 1 34 34
10/29 LAL 60% 6 86% 100% 6 4 1 2 0 32 29.8
1/17 IND 59% 1 50% 100% 5 8 3 0 0 27 29.2

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Harris

5.  Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 27 $16 M $72.1 M  N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 62 34.6 50% 43% 87% 7.9 2.7 0.7 0.5 1.9 20.9
Career 526 30.2 47% 37% 82% 5.9 1.8 0.7 0.5 1.4 15.4

Tobias Harris started the 2018 season on fire, bringing home Western Conference Player of the Month for the combined October/November award.  He had the Clippers as one of the top teams in the Western Conference and was on his way to potentially being an All-Star.  He was then moved by the Clippers on trade deadline day, deciding that Harris was not part of their long-term plans.  Given the number of draft picks that the 76ers traded to obtain Tobias Harris it would appear that they have full intentions of trying to convince him to stay.

Harris has never been an All-Star, never been on an All NBA team, and has only played in 4 playoff games, a sweep of his Pistons by the Cavaliers in 2016.  In his 7 season in the NBA he has already been on 5 different teams.  But he is still only 27 years old has shown to improve his game every single season.  He scores efficiently all over the court and can create his own shot if needed, seemingly a great fit with the rest of what the Mavericks already have.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
12/17 POR 68% 3 50% 75% 11 1 1 0 1 39 32.4
1/20 SAS 60% 2 50% 33% 9 9 3 1 0 27 29.7
11/25 POR 64% 2 33% 100% 11 1 1 0 0 34 29.2
1/28 ATL 61% 2 50% 86% 8 7 0 2 2 30 26.9
1/23 MIA 63% 2 50% 100% 7 6 1 0 3 31 26.4

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Barnes

6.  Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
PO 26 24.1 M $82 M $25.1 M
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 55 32.6 40% 38% 83% 4.5 1.4 0.7 0.2 1.3 16.9
Career 518 30.6 44% 37% 80% 4.9 1.5 0.7 0.2 1.2 13.5

I don’t see any way that Harrison Barnes opts out of his $25.1 million player option for next season unless for some reason he just absolutely cannot stand Sacramento.  It may not be the best place in the NBA but I’m sure it looks great when you are making that kind of money.

Barnes is still relatively young, athletic, and talented.  As a Mavs fan I was really hoping this would be the season that he expands his game into being an overall playmaker but no such step was made.  He is a very good shooter but he doesn’t give you much else, hes not a strong rebounder, cannot make plays for others, and does not have any major impact defensively.  Approaching his prime, Harrison Barnes is running out of time to reach his true potential.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
12/18 DEN 63% 5 63% 83% 4 0 1 1 0 30 25.3
11/30 LAL 53% 4 67% 78% 5 2 2 0 1 29 23.8
12/31 OKC 73% 7 78% 100% 5 1 1 0 2 25 20.5
11/21 BRK 50% 5 63% 100% 5 0 1 0 1 28 19.9
11/12 CHI 44% 1 17% 89% 5 1 4 0 2 23 18.4

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Bogdanovic

7.  Bojan Bogdanovic, Indiana Pacers

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 30 $10.5 M $31.4 M  N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 61 31.7 50% 43% 82% 4 1.8 0.8 0 1.6 17
Career 379 27.6 46% 39% 85% 3.3 1.3 0.5 0.1 1.4 12.9

Bojan Bogdanovic was a 2nd round draft pick in 2011 out of Croatia, making his NBA debut in 2014 with the Brooklyn Nets.  Even though he is not a household name, Bogdanovic is an elite shooter and very efficient scorer.  He has good size at 6’8″ and though he is not the most athletic he does not seem out of place with the NBA pace.

From everything I have seen, Bogdanovic is a big game player, he elevates his play in high pressure moments.  In the Summer of 2016 Bojan balled out on the Olympic stage, averaging 25 points per game for Croatia.  Then in the 2017 NBA Playoffs Bogdanovic had some great performances including a 30 point, 7 three pointer win over LeBron and the Cavaliers in game 3 of the first round in a series that eventually went 7.

Now with a more expanded role this season Bogdanovic has only grown more efficient and displayed more offensive skills.  He may not move the needle and make you feel like a contender right away but he is a great shooter and at the right value could be a great complement to Luka and Porzingis.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
2/28 MIN 59% 4 57% 78% 7 4 0 0 1 37 30.3
2/2 MIA 68% 3 43% 100% 7 1 1 0 1 31 25.3
2/7 LAC 63% 3 50% 100% 7 1 3 0 1 29 25.3
12/7 ORL 56% 2 33% 80% 3 2 1 0 0 26 19.9
11/11 HOU 55% 3 60% 100% 6 6 3 0 3 20 19.5

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Oubre

8.  Kelly Oubre Jr., Phoenix Suns

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 23 $3.2 M $9.2 M N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 60 27.4 44% 32% 78% 4.5 1.1 1.1 0.8 1.4 14.3
Career 283 21.7 42% 32% 78% 3.6 0.8 0.8 0.4 0.9 9

Kelly Oubre Jr was the 15th overall pick in 2015 out the University of Kansas.  A lot of Oubre’s ranking here has to do with potential rather than actual production.  His shooting percentages aren’t great but he is only 23 years old, is athletic, super long, and averages almost a steal and a block per game.

Since being traded from the Wizards to the Suns in December, Oubre has really stepped his game up, averaging per 36 minute numbers of 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1.2 steals.

Given his low career numbers but high potential, it may be smart to lock down Kelly Oubre Jr to a favorable multi-year contract before he actually reaches that full potential.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
2/8 GSW 47% 0 0% 78% 12 4 3 0 0 25 25.5
1/8 SAC 60% 3 50% 83% 5 4 3 1 2 26 24.7
1/12 DEN 53% 4 57% 67% 11 3 2 1 3 26 22.8
2/13 LAC 63% 3 43% 83% 5 2 0 0 2 28 21.3
12/3 NYK 73% 5 83% 5 1 1 3 1 21 20.8

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Finney Smith

9.  Dorian Finney-Smith, Dallas Mavericks

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
RFA 26  $1.1 M  $3 M  N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 60 25.5 46% 33% 68% 4.9 0.9 1 0.5 1 7.9
Career 162 22.4 41% 31% 71% 3.7 0.9 0.8 0.4 0.8 5.8

Dorian Finney-Smith is very good role player and defender that continues to get better.  There is really nothing that stands out about his stat line but when you actually watch him play basketball it all makes sense.  Whether it be the right defensive rotation, the extra pass, making the right cut, or finding the right lane for an offensive rebound, Doe-Doe just makes winning plays.

He came into the league as an undrafted 4 year college player out of the University of Florida as a defensive specialist.  The Mavs tanking for the last two years did not only bring the franchise Luka Doncic but it also allowed players like Dorian Finney-Smith to gain some great experience and develop into a really productive player.

Doe-Doe is a restricted free agent this offseason with a cap hold of only $1.9 million.  This means the chances of him being a member of the Dallas Mavericks next season are very high and I, for one, cannot be happier.  I think the better team you have, the better Finney-Smith will look because he can focus on the things he does really well without having to try to do too much.

More about Dorian Finney-Smith and his upcoming restricted free agency can be found in Everything You Need to Know About Mavs Free Agency.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
11/2 NYK 80% 2 100% 50% 7 2 2 0 1 19 19.3
2/6 CHO 64% 1 50%     – 10 2 1 0 1 15 16.5
1/21 MIL 63% 3 60%     – 5 2 2 1 1 13 14
12/10 ORL 67% 1 50% 100% 9 1 2 0 0 9 13.5
1/25 DET 75% 2 67% 50% 7 1 2 1 0 9 12.9

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

 

Gay

10.  Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs

Type Age  2018 Salary   Career Earnings   2019 Option 
UFA 33 $10.1 M $137 M  N/A
Season G MP FG% 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS
2018-19 51 27.1 52% 43% 86% 6.4 2.6 0.8 0.6 1.6 14.3
Career 861 34.2 46% 35% 80% 5.9 2.2 1.3 0.8 2.3 17.7

Rudy Gay has been getting buckets for a long time.  Now in his 13th year in the NBA, Gay is still a very efficient scorer and rebounder for the San Antonio Spurs in his 13th year in the league. With his size, offensive versatility, and elite outside shooting it is looking like he will have a great opportunity this offseason to build on that $137 million he has earned so far in his career.

It always makes you nervous signing a guy who is 33 years old when your core of players are in their young 20’s.  As long as it is not a long term deal I do not think this is too relevant for the Mavericks because their young guys are already so good and it important to simply surround them with any good players they can to help these guys get into the playoffs.

2018-2019 Top Games
Date Opp FG% 3P 3P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TO PTS GmSc
12/13 LAC 80% 1 50% 100% 6 3 2 1 0 21 22.6
12/5 LAL 57% 2 40% 100% 7 2 2 0 3 31 22
11/21 MEM 70% 1 50% 100% 8 1 1 1 0 21 21.2
12/9 UTA 63% 0 0% 75% 15 2 1 1 3 23 20.8
1/26 NOP 46% 2 67% 100% 11 3 1 1 1 22 20.6

*Warning: there may be explicit language in highlight videos.

Other Free Agent Small Forwards:

There are some solid role players throughout the remaining upcoming free agent Small Forwards.  Notably:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrest, Wilson Chandler, DeMarre Carroll, Thabo Sefolosha, and Omri Casspi.  When it comes to this list you are looking more at specialists that all around good players.  Whether it be defense or distance shooting, good value should be available as free agency starts winding down.

Player Team Type Age ’18-’19 Salary
Chandler Parsons MEM UFA 30 $23,609,631
DeMarre Carroll BKN UFA 33 $14,500,000
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist CHO PO 25 $13,000,000
Wilson Chandler PHI UFA 32 $11,625,000
Jared Dudley BKN UFA 34 $10,000,000
Wesley Johnson NOP UFA 32 $5,881,260
Thabo Sefolosha UTH UFA 35 $5,250,000
Michael Beasley LAL UFA 30 $3,500,000
Stanley Johnson DET RFA 23 $3,212,511
Jeff Green WAS UFA 33 $2,393,887
Luol Deng MIN UFA 34 $2,393,887
Carmelo Anthony HOU UFA 35 $2,393,887
Omri Casspi MEM UFA 31 $2,176,260
Darius Miller NOP UFA 29 $2,152,500
Sam Dekker LAC RFA 25 $1,980,414
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson BKN RFA 24 $1,668,205
James Nunnally MIN RFA 29 $1,468,807
Malcolm Miller TOR RFA 26 $1,349,383
Jake Layman POR RFA 25 $1,152,521
CJ Miles TOR PO 31 $8,333,333
James Ennis III HOU PO 28 $1,621,415
Other Free Agent Articles

Everything You Need to Know About Mavs Free Agency – detailed information on Mavs future contracts, cap space, and restricted free agents.

Top 10 Free Agent Centers

Top 10 Free Agent Power Forwards

Top 10 Free Agent Small Forwards

Top 10 Free Agent Shooting Guards

Top 10 Free Agent Point Guards

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Free Agent Small Forwards

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s