2022 NBA free agent rankings: Top players available next offseason

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Headlined by James Harden, Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine, the top of the 2022 NBA free-agent class is loaded with elite shooting guards, the types of players who can elevate a team’s offense just with their presence.

There are top-notch players from other positions groups, too, however, including – somewhat shockingly – promising 23-year-old center Deandre Ayton after he failed to come to terms on an extension with the Phoenix Suns.

Below, check out our rankings for the top players available for the 2022 NBA free-agent class.

James Harden / PG / Brooklyn (Player Option)

A top-tier scorer and passer in the NBA, with a driving ability that’s extremely difficult to stop thanks to his strong right shoulder and propensity to draw fouls. Kind of surprising he didn’t sign an extension yet.

2020/21 stats: 24.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 10.8 apg, 1.6 spg, 46.6 FG%, 36.2 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $44,310,840
Career earnings: $227,728,993
Agent: Lorenzo McCloud

Bradley Beal / PG / Washington (Player Option)

Has turned into one of the best 2-guards in the league over recent years. An explosive scorer who can throw down dunks in the halfcourt and hit jumpers from all over the place, even those with a high degree of difficulty.

2020/21 stats: 31.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg, 48.5 FG%, 34.9 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $34,502,129
Career earnings: $145,823,823
Agent: Mark Bartelstein

Zach LaVine / SG / Chicago

Zach LaVine dunks
Zach LaVine dunks

One of the most freakish athletes in the league who has developed the rest of his game to match his unreal leaping prowess over recent years. Excellent bucket-getter from three, the midrange and the basket area.

2020/21 stats: 27.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.9 apg, 50.7 FG%, 41.9 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $19,500,000
Career earnings: $68,147,297
Agent: Rich Paul

Deandre Ayton / C / Phoenix (Restricted)

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

Athletic center with elite rebounding marks but who still has to figure out how to be more consistent on a nightly basis. Even so, made huge strides in that department in helping guide the Suns to last year’s Finals. Fantastic finisher near the basket with a solid face-up game from the midrange.

2020/21 stats: 14.4 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 62.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $12,632,950
Career earnings: $27,756,960
Agent: Bill Duffy

Kyrie Irving / PG / Brooklyn (Player Option)

An enigmatic player with questionable decision-making, when he’s actually playing basketball, he’s one of the best point guards in the league who can score against any level of defender and distribute at a high level.

2020/21 stats: 26.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.0 apg, 50.6 FG%, 40.2 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $35,053,700
Career earnings: $162,265,892
Agent: Sam Permut

Russell Westbrook / PG / LA Lakers (Player Option)

Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers

A walking 20-point triple-double on a nightly basis but without much efficiency to it. Still, overall a positive impact player who plays with all-out effort.

2020/21 stats: 22.2 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 11.7 apg, 43.9 FG%, 31.5 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $44,211,146
Career earnings: $247,545,187
Agent: Thaddeus Foucher

Collin Sexton / SG / Cleveland (Restricted)

Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers

Feisty, explosive point guard who gets into you defensively and has the quickness to get to the basket with ease on offense, as well as the shooting ability to knock down shots from the outside or pull-up to hit them from midrange.

2020/21 stats: 24.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.4 apg, 47.5 FG%, 37.1 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $6,349,671
Career earnings: $13,830,600
Agent: Austin Brown

Miles Bridges / PF / Charlotte (Restricted)

Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets

Southpaw swingman with freakish finishing ability above the basket. Excellent lob target for alley-oops. Can finish over anyone. Solid defender and plays with energy, but offensive game outside of dunking is limited.

2020/21 stats: 12.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 50.3 FG%, 40.0 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $5,421,493
Career earnings: $10,896,360
Agent: Rich Paul

Jusuf Nurkic / C / Portland

Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers

Big, bruising center who is a fantastic screen-setter and slept-on passer from the midrange. Can hit shots from that area, too, though he does the most of his damage near the basket.

2020/21 stats: 11.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 51.4 FG%, 40.0 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $12,000,000
Career earnings: $44,473,304
Agent: Rich Paul

Jonas Valanciunas / C / New Orleans

Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans Pelicans
Jonas Valanciunas, New Orleans Pelicans

An absolute nuisance down low due to his nonstop energy attacking the glass. Solid post-up game with a reliable hook shot he likes to go to.

2020/21 stats: 17.1 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 59.2 FG%, 36.8 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $14,000,000
Career earnings: $92,621,946
Agent: Mitch Nathan

TJ Warren / SF / Indiana

TJ Warren, Indiana Pacers
TJ Warren, Indiana Pacers

Crafty, confident bucket-getter who loves to score off the dribble. Used to mostly attack from the midrange, but has become a much-improved three-point shooter.

2020/21 stats: 17.1 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 59.2 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $12,940,000
Career earnings: $44,086,050
Agent: Ty Sullivan

John Wall / PG / Houston (Player Option)

John Wall, Houston Rockets
John Wall, Houston Rockets

May not be the athlete he was before all the major injuries, but still one of the faster point guards in the NBA. Streaky outside shooter who can playmake at a high level. Unlikely he opts out of his massive deal. Not playing with the Rockets isn’t helping his stock.

2020/21 stats: 20.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.9 apg, 40.4 FG%, 31.7 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $44,310,840
Career earnings: $184,924,266
Agent: Rich Paul

Dennis Schroeder / PG / Boston

Dennis Schroeder, Boston Celtics
Dennis Schroeder, Boston Celtics

Two-way point guard who likes to be a pest defensively but can also score and create, though he does lack a super reliable outside jumper.

2020/21 stats: 15.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.8 apg, 43.7 FG%, 33.5 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $5,890,000
Career earnings: $69,780,502
Agent: Alex Saratsis

Joe Ingles / SF / Utah

Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz

Elite outside shooter who particularly likes to let them fly from the corners. Also able to run pick-and-rolls and create for teammates. Feisty defender.

2020/21 stats: 12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 48.9 FG%, 45.1 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $13,036,364
Career earnings: $52,707,338
Agent: Mark Bartelstein

Thaddeus Young / PF / San Antonio

Thaddeus Young, San Antonio Spurs
Thaddeus Young, San Antonio Spurs

Underrated frontcourt player who is beloved by teammates. Good finisher around the basket and uses quickness well on the perimeter.

2020/21 stats: 12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 55.9 FG%, 26.7 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $14,190,000
Career earnings: $118,528,742
Agent: Jim Tanner

Donte DiVincenzo / SG / Milwaukee (Restricted)

Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks

High-energy shooting guard who is willing to dive for loose balls and do the dirty work defensively. Improving three-point shooter and a very solid athlete.

2020/21 stats: 10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 42.0 FG%, 37.9 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $4,675,830
Career earnings: $8,434,320
Agent: Chris Emens

Robert Covington / PF / Portland

Robert Covington, Portland Trail Blazers
Robert Covington, Portland Trail Blazers

Versatile defender who does the majority of his work off the ball, picking up steals and blocking shots. Good rebounder on the wing but just an average outside shooter.

2020/21 stats: 8.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 40.1 FG%, 37.9 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $12,975,471
Career earnings: $54,107,635
Agent: Andrew Morrison

Thomas Bryant / C / Washington

Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards

Concerning injury history aside, he’s got a very modernized game for a center thanks to ability to shoot threes and block shots.

2020/21 stats: 14.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 64.8 FG%, 42.9 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $8,666,667
Career earnings: $18,527,190
Agent: Todd Ramasar

Chris Boucher / PF / Toronto

Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors
Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors

A shot-blocking, three-point-shooting big man, will this be the year Nick Nurse fully unleashes him? Or will he continue to be a high-impact, low-usage complementary piece?

2020/21 stats: 13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 51.4 FG%, 38.3 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $7,020,000
Career earnings: $8,622,899
Agent: Sam Permut

Victor Oladipo / SG / Miami

The further we are removed from his All-Star campaigns, the less it looks like he’ll ever be that player again. When in his previous form, he was a top two-way point guard who could do a bit of everything. Playing on a minimum in hopes of proving he can somewhat resemble his healthy self this season.

2020/21 stats: 19.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 40.8 FG%, 32.6 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $2,389,641
Career earnings: $105,487,440
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Kendrick Nunn / PG / LA Lakers (Player Option)

Kendrick Nunn, Los Angeles Lakers
Kendrick Nunn, Los Angeles Lakers

Lefty shooting guard who scores from all three levels and has a tidy midrange jumper off the dribble.

2020/21 stats: 14.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 48.5 FG%, 38.1 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $5,000,000
Career earnings: $3,128,083
Agent: Rich Paul

Luguentz Dort / SF / Oklahoma City

Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder
Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder

Even despite his age, already one of the most tenacious backcourt defenders in the league, one with a quickly developing offensive game.

2020/21 stats: 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 38.7 FG%, 34.3 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $1,782,621
Career earnings: $1,673,628
Agent: Thaddeus Foucher

Montrezl Harrell / C / Washington

Montrezl Harrell, Washington Wizards
Montrezl Harrell, Washington Wizards

High-energy big man who uses fantastic athleticism and second-jumping ability to finish everything near the basket, though a poor rim-protector and overall defender on the other end.

2020/21 stats: 13.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 62.2 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $9,720,900
Career earnings: $24,774,382
Agent: Rich Paul

Bobby Portis / C / Milwaukee

Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks
Bobby Portis, Milwaukee Bucks

Floor-spacing big man who likes to shoot threes from the corners. An enforcer for his team, but not much of a rebounder.

2020/21 stats: 11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 52.3 FG%, 47.1 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $4,347,600
Career earnings: $25,382,386
Agent: Mark Bartelstein

Ricky Rubio / PG / Cleveland

Ricky Rubio, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ricky Rubio, Cleveland Cavaliers

One of the most reliable passers and creators in the league, though poor outside shooting numbers continue to plague him.

2020/21 stats: 8.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.4 apg, 38.8 FG%, 30.8 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $17,800,000
Career earnings: $104,494,046
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Ivica Zubac / C / LA Clippers (Team option)

Throwback center in that he likes to operate down low. Solid post-up game, with a hook shot he can use over either shoulder. Likes to overpower smaller foes down low. Slow-footed so not great on switches, but can protect the paint.

2020/21 stats: 9.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 65.2 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $7,518,518
Career earnings: $17,373,909
Agent: Mike Lindeman

Kyle Anderson / PF / Memphis

Supersized forward who plays almost in slow-motion, hence his nickname, who can do a bit of everything, though none of it at an elite level.

2020/21 stats: 12.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 46.8 FG%, 36.0 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $9,937,150
Career earnings: $32,799,494
Agent: Thaddeus Foucher

Patrick Beverley / PG / Minnesota

Elite defender against fellow point guards, but though he plays big for his size, he’s not as effective defensively against bigger players. Capable spot-up outside shooter.

2020/21 stats: 7.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 42.3 FG%, 39.7 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $14,320,987
Career earnings: $51,181,852
Agent: Bill Duffy

Jalen Brunson / PG / Dallas

Lefty point guard with a great pull-up game and a good three-point stroke. Able to run an offense or get a bucket when he has to.

2020/21 stats: 12.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 52.3 FG%, 40.5 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $1,802,057
Career earnings: $4,310,713
Agent: Andrew Morrison

Mitchell Robinson / C / New York (Team Option)

New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson

Athletic, freakishly long center who is one of the best rim-protectors and shot-changers the league has to offer. Limited range offensively but a great finisher near the basket.

2020/21 stats: 8.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 0.5 apg, 65.3 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $1,802,057
Career earnings: $4,709,013
Agent: Thaddeus Foucher

Goran Dragic / PG / Toronto

Getting up there in age and not finishing as tidily as he used to from the paint, but he can still help teams with his scoring and vision as a passer.

2020/21 stats: 13.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.4 apg, 43.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $19,440,000
Career earnings: $133,118,250
Agent: Bill Duffy

Andre Drummond / C / Philadelphia

Double-double potential no matter the minutes he’s getting. Actual impact to winning comes and goes, but his presence as a rebounder is huge.

2020/21 stats: 14.9 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 49.3 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $2,401,537
Career earnings: $137,830,480
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Patty Mills / PG / Brooklyn (Player Option)

Veteran guard with a lightning-quick release on his jumper, which he can hit with consistency off the dribble, even from deep.

2020/21 stats: 10.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 41.2 FG%, 37.5 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $5,890,000
Career earnings: $62,013,853
Agent: Steven Heumann

Jeremy Lamb / SG / Indiana

Midrange specialist who does the bulk of his damage as a scorer from the elbows. Still, he’s also a capable outside shooter. Excellent free-throw shooter.

2020/21 stats: 10.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 43.5 FG%, 40.6 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $10,500,000
Career earnings: $51,367,716
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Lonnie Walker IV / SG / San Antonio (Restricted)

Lonnie Walker, San Antonio Spurs
Lonnie Walker, San Antonio Spurs

Doesn’t have elite size for his position but he is an elite athlete among 2-guards with flashy finishing skills around the basket. Solid outside shooter and puts a lot of energy into his defensive duties.

2020/21 stats: 11.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 42.0 FG%, 35.5 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $4,453,617
Career earnings: $8,020,080
Agent: Rich Paul

Josh Richardson / SG / Dallas

Very streaky outside shooter but has a decent pull-up midrange game he can fall back on. Much better defensively, where he can defend multiple positions and use length to pick up steals and athleticism for blocks.

2020/21 stats: 12.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 42.7 FG%, 33.0 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $11,615,328
Career earnings: $33,220,839
Agent: Bill Duffy

Serge Ibaka / C / LA Clippers

Veteran big man with two primary roles: shooting and shot-blocking. As he’s aged, his outside game has improved a lot.

2020/21 stats: 11.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 51.0 FG%, 33.9 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $9,720,900
Career earnings: $129,123,661
Agent: Jim Tanner

Tomas Satoransky / SG / New Orleans

Lacks the athleticism to be a high-level player, but uses ball-handling and playmaking to make an impact. Solid shooter off the dribble.

2020/21 stats: 7.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 51.4 FG%, 35.6 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $10,000,000
Career earnings: $29,000,000
Agent: Alex Saratsis

Delon Wright / SG / Sacramento

Solid backup guard who is an able scorer, rebounder and passer as a bench player. Great pickpocket on the defensive end, and really good instincts jumping passing lanes.

2020/21 stats: 7.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 46.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $8,526,316
Career earnings: $25,742,422
Agent: Greg Lawrence

Derrick Favors / C / Oklahoma City (Player Option)

Derrick Favors, Oklahoma City Thunder
Derrick Favors, Oklahoma City Thunder

Experienced big man. Lacks in the quickness department but uses size and length well to protect the paint and rebound. Solid finisher down low.

2020/21 stats: 5.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 63.8 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $9,720,900
Career earnings: $111,146,066
Agent: Wallace Prather

Nic Claxton / C / Brooklyn

Bouncy big man with quick feet which he uses well when forced to switch defensively. Still developing offensively, but finishes very well around the rim.

2020/21 stats: 6.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 62.1 FG%
2021/22 earnings: $1,782,621
Career earnings: $2,416,291
Agent: Steven Heumann

Marvin Bagley III / PF / Sacramento (Restricted)

Lefty big man with a good amount of skill, but lacking in strength and toughness down low. If he can improve that, he’ll be a more well-rounded power forward.

2020/21 stats: 14.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 50.4 FG%, 34.3 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $11,312,114
Career earnings: $24,834,720
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Nicolas Batum / SF / LA Clippers (Player Option)

Had a huge bounceback year with the Clippers, proving he can still play the Swiss-Army knife role well as a player who can score a bit, hit threes, rebound and, especially, defend multiple positions.

2020/21 stats: 8.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 46.4 FG%, 40.4 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $12,026,998
Career earnings: $156,110,822
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Otto Porter / SF / Golden State

Took a huge paycut due to lack of playing time and production over recent seasons. When in top form, a 3-and-D specialist who can also do some scoring off the dribble and out of the pick-and-roll.

2020/21 stats: 9.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 43.2 FG%, 37.5 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $2,389,641
Career earnings: $125,830,399
Agent: David Falk

Bruce Brown / SG / Brooklyn

Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets
Bruce Brown, Brooklyn Nets

An extremely high-energy player with good athleticism who has even played frontcourt spots before out of necessity. Excels defensively and doing the little things, though struggles as a shooter.

2020/21 stats: 8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 55.6 FG%, 28.8 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $4,736,102
Career earnings: $3,919,177
Agent: David Falk

Blake Griffin / PF / Brooklyn

Ball-handling, playmaking big man who can still finish around the paint at a high level. His athleticism is nowhere near what it once was and his three-point shot remains poor, but he still makes a positive impact.

2020/21 stats: 11.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 42.3 FG%, 34.1 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $32,405,817
Career earnings: $226,026,896
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Anfernee Simons / SG / Portland (Restricted)

Quickly improving 2-guard who lacks in size but has the athleticism and shooting ability to make up for it.

2020/21 stats: 7.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 41.9 FG%, 42.6 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $3,938,818
Career earnings: $6,239,400
Agent: Bill Duffy

PJ Tucker / PF / Miami (Player Option)

Not a stat-sheet player, but hugely impactful when he’s on the floor thanks to elite defense against multiple positions. Solid corner three shooter.

2020/21 stats: 3.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 37.3 FG%, 33.6 3P%
2021/22 earnings: $7,000,000
Career earnings: $50,427,354
Agent: Ty Sullivan

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