Troy Brown Jr.
It’s been great to see Troy Brown Jr. rejuvenate his career with the Lakers as a connecting wing who does a little bit of everything. Now Brown Jr. isn’t a lights out shooter from the perimeter, but he does knock them down at a solid clip and brings defense and ballhandling to the table. He’s still only 23 years old (!!), which could be enticing to teams to give him a solid long term deal. I would be willing to bet on TBJ as a solid 6 or 7th man on my team.
Diallo knows his strengths and weaknesses, which is one of the most important traits of a role player in today’s NBA. Diallo grades out as an ELITE defender per FiveThirtyEight’s RAPTOR rating – and the eye test backs it up as he brings energy and switchability on the wing. Now, Diallo isn’t the best perimeter shooter but he makes up for it with strong driving ability and self-awareness. I could see Diallo being a very strong pickup for someone this summer.
He is a streaky player, but Terence Davis can LIGHT IT UP in limited minutes off the bench. The 25 year old doesn’t have the best stats, but at around $5M, Davis could be a perfect bench piece with more consistent minutes than he’s getting in Sacramento right now as he is behind Malik Monk in their rotation.
Hustle, then energy, then hustle, and then some more energy. Wenyen Gabriel might not produce the sexy stats but you know what you’re gonna get from him every night. I would never pay Gabriel more than the mid-level exception, but if you are getting him at $5M or less, then you have a steal for your backup center/power forward. Gabriel comes in and grabs the most contested rebounds in the NBA and that is a skill that you will not find everywhere. You just want this kind of player on your team.
Green has battled injuries the majority of this season but when he’s played, Green has been an impact role player and I am a firm believer that he can be a STEAL this offseason. Prior to his lengthy injury, Green was a top performer relating to TS% and his defensive performance graded out as elite across the board. He’s already 29 so what you see is probably what you get but if a team has the cap space to sign him to an enticing smaller contract, I would recommend they take that chance.