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The Prospect Post: Ten Day Contractors

Fred Katz

Fred Katz

Fred Katz averaged almost one point per game in 5th grade, but he maintains that his per 36 minutes numbers were astonishing. Find more of his work at ProBasketballDraft.com or on ESPN's TrueHoop Network. Follow him on Twitter at @FredKatz.

Non-guaranteed contracts become guaranteed at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. That means 10-day contracts are right around the corner. Here is a small list of players (both current NBA free agents and D-League players) who could potentially be signed to 10-day contracts (listed in alphabetical order):


Free Agents

Chris Andersen, F/C - Andersen has always been a shot blocker and even as his skills have deteriorated, he has still maintained his swatting ability. He averaged 1.4 blocks per game in only 15.2 minutes a night last season in Denver. If someone gives him a chance, the shot blocking should still be there.

Mike Bibby, G - Bibby was a complete non-factor in New York a year ago, but he did shoot quite well in 2010-11 (44 percent from three) while playing 28.6 minutes a night. If he is in the right situation, he might be able to contribute from long range.

Baron Davis, G - Davis tore his ACL to end last season, but he did contribute in some ways before getting injured. He was averaging 4.7 assists per game for the Knicks in 20.5 minutes per night and may be able to help out another team similarly if given a shot.

Derek Fisher, G - Fisher was actually an NBA starting point guard as recently the middle of December. He asked for his release from Dallas because he said he wanted to be closer to his family in Los Angeles. If the Lakers come calling, typical Derek Fisher numbers should be expected.

Adam Morrison, F - Morrison hasn't played in a regular season, NBA game in a few years, but he did actually play very well in the Vegas summer league in July. He was cut from the Blazers during training camp, but was depicted as an improved player all around.

Troy Murphy, F - Murphy really fell off a cliff after 2010, but there was a time not too long ago when he was a double-double machine. However, in the past few years, no one has seemed to want to give him any minutes, which, of course, seriously injures his fantasy value.

Michael Redd, G - Remember when Redd was an elite shooter and scorer? It seems so long ago, but there was a time when he was scoring in the mid-20s and raining in almost 40 percent of his threes. Redd seems to have lost his shooter's touch, but if he can get it back, he could be a nice pick-up for threes if an NBA actually team gives him a chance.

Delonte West, G - West can still play. He started 33 of his 44 games played in Dallas a season ago and averaged 9.6 points per game and 3.2 assists per game in 24.1 minutes a night. He is a solid shooter, who could help with both three-point percentage and free throw percentage if he signs with an NBA team.

D-Leaguers

Courtney Fortson, G - No one would ever accuse the miniature Arkansas product of not having self-confidence. Regardless of how he feels on any particular night, he is going to keep shooting. He's averaging 18.7 points per game, but is shooting only 40.6 percent from the field.

Luke Harangody, F - Harangody is super crafty and though he has not been an efficient scorer in his three D-League games (37.8 percent from the field), he is highly intelligent in getting to the right spots on rebounds. He has played in the league with the Celtics before and he might get another shot soon.

D.J. Kennedy, G/F - Kennedy was a widely underrated collegiate player mainly because he never got to play on any top-tier teams at St. John's. He gets to the line at an elite rate (6.8 times per game) and makes 86.3 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. A quality, efficient scorer like that deserves a shot with someone.

Travis Leslie, G - Leslie is formerly of the Clippers and is scoring remarkably efficiently, averaging 16.2 points per game in only 28.8 minutes per game. He has always been an elite rebounder for a 6-foot-4 shooting guard and those numbers are coming through in the D-League, as he is averaging 7.8 rebounds a night.

Arinze Onuaku, F/C - Onuaku is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the D-League and is averaging 14.3 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game. But here's the catch: he's playing only 24.3 minutes a night. The most impressive number might be his 7.5 offensive rebounds per 36 minutes. 7.5! Rebounding tends to translate better than any other stat and it looks like someone out there is going to give Onuaku a shot.

Henry Sims, C - Sims might be the only D-Leaguer who has ever run for Georgetown student-body president, but that's not the only fact that separates him. He is pulling down 8.7 rebounds a game and while his assist total is low, it does not reflect his better-than-average passing ability for a big man.

Chris Wright, F - Wright is an athletic forward averaging 15.8 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game. He has been a stud on the defensive end, averaging 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks.

Chris Wright, G - Nope, not a mistake. Prospects No. 2 and No. 3 according to the D-League's website are both Chris Wrights. But this is the former Georgetown point guard, who was maybe the most important player on an NCAA Tournament 6-seed a few years ago. Wright can shoot, pass, and he has a solid handle. It looks like he's going to get a shot with someone.