Free-agent efficiency rankings

How top 25 free agents rate based on projected PER for next season

Updated: July 1, 2012, 12:00 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | Basketball Prospectus
Ryan AndersonLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesJudging by player efficiency, Anderson sits atop the 2012 free-agent class.

Time is moving swiftly in the NBA these days. In a little more than a week, we've crowned a champion, drafted a new crop of rookies and on Sunday, we'll have a fresh group of free agents hitting the marketplace. That's the residual of last fall's nightmarish lockout but thankfully, once we hit July 1, we're officially into the 2012-13 season and back on a normal calendar. Whew.

Let's take a look at these free agents-to-be. I've ranked them according to the estimated 2012-13 PER. My method was simply to average the past three years and apply a basic aging adjustment. That latter part was important because too often, teams pay for what a player has done as opposed to what he's going to do. Of course, the younger a player is, the less likely it is that he'll change teams, thanks to the vagaries of restricted free agency. Alas.

In each instance, I've indicated whether a player is a restricted (RFA) or an unrestricted free agent (UFA).

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