NBA Power Rankings: Ranking the Potential Free Agent Destinations

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A lot of decisions go into where a free agent may want to sign. They have to consider their family life, the money, the chances of winning and the team’s history. In this edition of NBA Power Rankings, we’re going to rank all 30 of the NBA teams based on those different variables, to find out where the most desirable free agent destinations are.

Each destination will be ranked from the player’s perspective. For example, we can safely assume that good weather is a positive variable, so don’t expect to see Milwaukee at the top of the list.

Salary cap won’t be directly taken into effect, so we won’t be punishing certain teams who have little to no flexibility (such as the New York Knicks). Consider our potential player to be a mid-level exception kind of guy, who could choose to sign with any of the 30 clubs.

Let’s get right into it.

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  • Michael Wandler

    I’m not sure any criteria past the potential for winning made for more than a minor reshuffling of franchise position, which is probably correct, but also makes this article superfluous.

    Even the lowly Clippers, for years the laughingstock of the NBA, have parlayed their modicum of recent success into being a bigger free agent draw than the Lakers, despite the Clips’ horrendous ownership and the Lakers’ endless ability to reinvent their team into a winning squad.

    While Phoenix is an oven from mid-May through mid-October, that nicely coincides with the off-season, so why mention it? Miami’s weather is conversely a draw, apparently, because now the focus is on the months of the NBA season. That is slanted reasoning.

    And Portland gets a lot of rain! Less than Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., granted, but definitely a deterrent when you are fitting facts to support your theory. Whereas, to better effect, the author could have used the more realistic knock on Portland that the PNW does not get the necessary media coverage to lure big-name players very often.

    Why not just list the regular power rankings of the team, move a few one or two spots up or down based on a piss-poor understanding of climatology, and not bother with extending an explanation? It is too bad, as this concept really had so much potential.

    • Michael Dunlap

      Lol…appreciate the lashing! I don’t have a meteorologist on hand so the average annual rainfall for Portland didn’t come to mind. As far as Phoenix goes, if you think it’s only ugly for 5 months, you’re mistaken…and since the offseason is the time you’re going to spend outside the most, felt it appropriate.

      • Michael Wandler

        Perhaps it is because I grew up in a desert, but I’ll always take Phoenix’s 112 degrees and sub-10% humidity over Miami’s 90 degrees and 90%+ humidity. When I’ve gone to Miami in the summer, it was like getting repeatedly punched in the face by a hot, wet towel. Every trip there should come with a free barber’s shave, as you’re always prepped.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          You gotta remember these guys are all multi millionaires. They’re living on the beach with the sea breeze.