The 2012-13 NBA season is nearly complete and for the other 28 teams no longer playing for the title, time has come to look forward to next season and what changes can be made this summer to improve.
This years free agent market is pretty solid with some great players available, but who are the best and where could they possibly end up playing next?
Dwight Howard is the biggest name available this summer as the All-Star center completed his first year with the LA Lakers and despite the team wanting to resign the 27 year-old to a long term deal, Howard has stated he will test the market and could play elsewhere next season. Howard has averaged over 18 points and nearly 13 rebounds in his eight years in the league and will make whatever team he decides to play for next year an instant contender for a championship.
Point guard Chris Paul is the best back court free agent and another player that will make any team a contender. The 28 year-old has been an All-Star six times and a leader on and off the court with the LA Clippers. Paul has averaged over 18 points and ten assists in his career and is the ultimate floor leader with his scoring and passing skills.
27 year-old Josh Smith is finally a free agent and looking to play elsewhere after the Atlanta Hawks looked to move the young All-Star for the past couple of years. Smith is one of the most dynamic young forwards in the NBA with his athletic ability and scoring prowess, but his shot selection has been questioned and that could limit the teams that show interest this summer.
Every team wants a dominating force in the paint and Philadelphia thought they had that when they added Andrew Bynum, but the young center missed the entire year with an injury and now is a free agent. At 25 he is the best young player available this off-season and he will be targeted by several teams and despite the health scare from this past season, he will get a huge contract and most experts believe the Dallas Mavericks will be his new home.