Here is a Player Power Ranking list by position I put together combining lists from CBS Sports, ESPN and various other basketball reference rankings. I noted the top 6 in each position due to a large falloff after 6 in most cases.These reflect performance based on last years overall, defensive, and efficiency stats, as well as win shares.
Some interesting points: I completely expected Marc Gasol to be in the Centers list, but he came up just short along with DeAndre Jordan, and Andrew Bogut. Al Jefferson snuck in front of them due to CBS Sports #1 Center ranking! I think it is due to his incredible offensive efficiency, but Kudos to Big Al. For those that don't see Cousins value, the guy ranked in the top 5 in every category, so Y'all must be blind.
The point of this exercise was to pinpoint who out of these top 30 players the Celtics could legitimately acquire to pair with Rondo that could be the building blocks of a contender, sooner rather than later. Or at least give Rondo enough hope that he might actually stick it out. Which is why I included their current length of contract. There could be a guy or two, like Marc Gasol that could move the needle but really these are the top players the Celts would need to get to stave Danny off from scrapping the Rondo centered rebuild.
FWIW Rondo fell at #10 in PGs behind Tony Parker, Damian Lillard, and Kyle Lowry. Rose was injured for too much of the season to listed, but he could be considered in the top PGs this year if healthy. The NBA is just saturated with good PGs right now. Including young guns like MCW, Kemba Walker, Bledsoe, and maybe Marcus Smart, Dante Exum ect. Just Wow!
The Shooting Guard position looks weak, but there are some up and comers like Olidipo, Klay Thompson, Wiggins, who could bolster that position in the future.
One last note I might make is some players like Davis, Nowitzki, and Iguodala were listed at different positions from different sources, I basically included them in my list as to where I would position them. Feel free to disagree.
Steph Curry: 3 years left UFA 2017/18
John Wall: 5 years left, UFA 2019/20
CP3: 3 years left with a 4th year P.O.
Russel Westbrook: 3 years left, UFA 2017/18
Kyrie Irving: just signed 5 year $90mil contract. UFA 2019/20
Goran Dragic: 1 year left with a 2nd year P.O.
James Harden: 4 years left, UFA 2018/19
Kobe Bryant: Who Cares
Joe Johnson: 1 year left, UFA 2015/16
Dwayne Wade: Again, who cares
Andre Iguodala: 3 years left, UFA 2017/18
Demar Derozen: 3 years left, UFA 2017/18
Kevin Durant: HA HA HA!
Lebron James: Nope.
Paul George: 5 years left, UFA 2019/20
Carmelo Anthony: Just Signed 5 year deal with P.O. in 2018/19
Dirk Nowitzki: Lifetime Maverick
Kawhi Leonard: 2 years left, last year is a Club Option, RFA 2016/17
Kevin Love: Lebron's Ballboy for the next 4-5 years.
Blake Griffin: 4 years left, UFA 2018/19
Lamarcus Aldridge: 1 year left, UFA 2015/16
Tim Duncan: Spurs Lifer
Serge Ibaka: 3 years left, UFA 2017/18
Zach Randolph: 3 years left, UFA 2017/18
Joakim Noah: 2 years left, UFA 2016/17
Dwight Howard: 3 years left, the last one being a P.O.
Anthony Davis: 3 years left, the last 2 being Club Options, RFA 2017/18
Andre Drummond: 3 years left, the last 2 being Club Options, RFA 2017/18
Al Jefferson: 2 years left, the last one being a P.O. UFA 2016/17
Demarcus Cousins: 4 years left, UFA 2018/19