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6 Most Underrated NBA Free Agents This Summer

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 07: Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Indiana Pacers attempts a shot over Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Center on December 07, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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While the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kawhi Leonard are scheduled to dominate the offseason headlines, it's easy to forget that this is one of the deepest free agent classes in recent memory. While these six players may not end up with a max contract, they could easily be key contributors on a playoff team.

6. JJ Redick

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the third quarter of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 112-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six | Mitchell Leff

Even at age 34, Redick has proven that he can be an essential member of a quality team, averaging a career-high 18.1 points per game as the designated 3-point sniper for a Sixers team that lacked shooting outside of him. If you need a 3-point specialist, he's the best on the market.

5. Patrick Beverley

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 18:  Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers reacts to his foul on Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Three | Harry How

Conversely, if you need a junkyard dog who chews on thumbtacks, Beverley is your man. A pesky defender who will go toe-to-toe with anyone, the Clippers point guard has shown enough on the offensive end to warrant a substantial offer in free agency.

4. Bojan Bogdanovic

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 01:   Bojan Bogdanovic #44 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 01, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons v Indiana Pacers | Andy Lyons

After his trade from Brooklyn, Bogdanovic has blossomed into a complete offensive player who can also shoot 43 percent from three on five attempts per game if needed. While you should be wary of making him the No. 1 option, he's as consistent a No. 2 or No. 3 as there is in the league.

3. Julius Randle

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 21:  Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after a Pelican foul during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers | Harry How

Randle hit the lottery when he went to New Orleans, as he found himself in an Alvin Gentry offense that likes to use big guys down low and push the pace, which contributed to him averaging 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. After being stuck in neutral in Los Angeles, Randle proved himself as a player worthy of a contract near max value. He's expected to opt out of his remaining year with the Pels.

2. Nikola Vucevic

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 13:  Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic dribbles the ball as Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors defends during Game One of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on April 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Orlando Magic v Toronto Raptors - Game One | Vaughn Ridley

The driving force behind Orlando's return to the playoffs, Vucevic made his first All-Star team on the back of a 20.8-point, 12.0-rebound per game season. While the Magic finally discovered a franchise cornerstone they can build around in Vucevic, a team with a max slot that needs rebounding and a soft touch around the basket could easily pull off a move for the Montenegrin center.

1. Khris Middleton

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 19: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles during the first half against the Toronto Raptors in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 19, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game Three | Gregory Shamus

After averaging 18.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, first-time All-Star Middleton was merely average in the playoffs, which might have knocked him out of the max contact range. While the Bucks are likely going to go WAY overboard in compensating him to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo's running mate in Milwaukee, he could be a very intriguing name if he hits the open market.