NBA Free Agency 2012: Shooting Guards Still Available
The NBA free agency period has officially started and there are still plenty of quality shooting guards on the market. Let’s take a quick look at some of the best still available.
Shannon Brown – 11.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, .7 SPG
Brown is a 6’4″ shooting guard who played last season with the Phoenix Suns. He’s a quality shooter with averages of 36.2% from three and 80.8% from the free-throw line. He’s very athletic and has never been given a real chance to start.
Randy Foye – 11.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, .7 SPG
Foye is also a 6’4″ shooting guard who spent the 2011-12 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s been a valuable player that has come off the bench but he’s shot much better as a starter. As a starter, his shooting percentages skyrocketed by 4% from the field, 11% from three and 9% from the free-throw line.
O.J. Mayo – 12.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 SPG
Fittingly, Mayo is also a 6’4″ shooting guard that has only played for the Memphis Grizzlies in his four-year NBA career. He started every game over his first two years before reluctantly becoming a sixth man. His per-36 minute numbers have been remarkably consistent with averages of 16.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals for his career.
It appears that Mayo is the biggest prize of the bunch but he also comes with the greatest baggage. He’s proven himself as a starter in this league, which puts him ahead of both Foye and Brown. Hopefully his attitude hasn’t tarnished his ability, but it says a lot that Mayo hasn’t had any noteworthy offers thrown his way just yet.
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