Ranking the Top Free Agents: Centers

Posted on Jun 29 2017 - 3:41pm by Chase Irle

Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

1. Craig Monroe                    Hawks interest: Low

Monroe started coming of the bench for the Bucks last season and was not too happy about it. It looks like he will be finding a new home. The Hawks have shown interest in the tweener big man before, but do not expect that to be the case this time around

2. Nerlens Noel                     Hawks interest: Medium

Noel is a defense first big man that Atlanta could desperately use with Dwight Howard out of the picture. He still has elite potential, but that might end up making him a little pricey for the Hawks taste.

3. Mason Plumlee                 Hawk interest: Low

Plumlee has made a nice place for himself in the NBA with his unique all-around game for a center. Coach Budenholzer would certainly appreciate, and the Hawks could team him up with his brother Miles. However, it seems like Denver will make quite and effort to retain him.

4. Kelly Olynyk                       Hawks interest: Medium

The Celtics have an overload of quality players, which will force Kelly Olynyk to find a new team. He should not have a problem doing that as a 7-footer with a sweet stroke from three. Olynyk may never be a starter in this league, but he will be around for a while as a role player.

5. Dewayne Dedmon              Hawks interest: Medium

Dedmon had a breakout year of sorts for the Spurs. He is a pure hustle guy that gives his all on the defensive end. He possesses rim protection that the Hawks desperately need, and the Budenholzer/Spurs connection is real.

6. Javale McGee                     Hawks interest: Low

McGee has been shelled over his career for numerous dumb incidents, but he got the last laugh after this season. He proved to be a valuable commodity on a championship team, something I do not think many people thought was possible for McGee. He deserves another chance at a larger role.

7. Nene                          Hawks interest: Low

Nene is an undervalued player in the NBA. His presence was sorely missed by the Rockets after he was forced to miss the end of the Spurs series. The Rockets do not have much depth down low. Expect them to re-sign Nene.

8. Zaza Pachulia                    Hawks interest: Low

A former Hawks fan favorite got a ring as a starter with the Warriors this season. He still is best served as backup and continues to show non-stop hustle, even in his later years. Pachulia will find another fan base that loves him season.

9. Alex Len                       Hawks interest: Medium

Len has not been what the Suns wanted when they drafted him #5 in 2013 out of Maryland. Perhaps in a new system, he can become the player many though he would be, but he looks to be dead weight at this point in Phoenix.

10. Mike Muscala              Hawks interest: High

“Moose”, as Atlanta fans know him, has been reliable role player for the Hawks since being drafted out of Bucknell in the second round. He is an effecient shooter that can stretch the floor with his three-point shot as a 7-footer. Budenholzer went to Muscala a lot down the stretch in the playoffs. He loves what Moose has to offer, and I would not be surprised if he is back in a Hawks uniform next season.

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