How to pick the perfect NBA free agent, ESPN draft analyst Scott Skiles says
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Scott Skils is one of the most respected basketball analysts in the business, but he’s also one of those people who often thinks for himself and doesn’t really trust his peers.
On Tuesday, Skils took to Twitter to offer his take on the upcoming NBA free agency period, specifically his thoughts on the state of the league as it relates to a young core of players who could be in the same position as Kevin Durant, Andrew Wiggins and Kristaps Porzingis, as well as the likes of Isaiah Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins and Jamal Murray.
Here’s Skils’ take on what he thinks the future of the NBA could look like in 2017-18:Skils said it’s too early to say whether the league will be able to find a player or two in the NBA draft who will be capable of fulfilling the core players who will likely be heading to free agency, but that he believes a few players in this year’s draft could have a shot at being a franchise player:In the short term, Skil said, the NBA needs to find young talent that can play at a high level and develop into NBA superstars.
Skils also noted that the NBA has had the chance to find its best players in the last three years, with Andrew Wiggins leading the way.
In the long term, he said, it’s important to keep the stars young and stay away from the younger players, and the NBA should use the 2017-2018 draft to select a “full-fledged” core that can develop into superstars, which could be a good thing for the NBA.
Skills said he has a feeling that this is the best time for the league to get into the free agent market, as players who are over the age of 30 will become more affordable.
“It’s the perfect time for free agency,” Skils said.
“They’ve got to make up some ground there.”
The NBA has a history of making major moves in the free agency process in recent years, and Skils thinks the NBA will find a way to keep this happening in the near future.
Skil also believes that teams will try to keep players who have a lot of experience on the court and are willing to play for teams that have good financial resources.
The NBA’s first-round pick, a 2020 pick and a 2021 second-rounder could all be assets to the league in the next couple of years.
The 2020 first-rounder, drafted with the No. 1 overall pick, could be used as an asset to the Raptors if they want to retain their star forward.
The 2021 second round pick could be another asset to a team, with Skils saying the Raptors have shown that they can use that first- or second-rounder to trade up to acquire a player that is younger and more athletic.
It’s a very exciting time to be a fan of the Raptors and I think a lot will be made of this draft and the player that will be selected, but I think it’s the right time to bring in some talent and a few young players to get some momentum going.
Scott Skils is one of the most respected basketball analysts in the business, but he’s also one of those people…