Is Bogdan Bogdanovic The Best Free Agent Signing Of The Last Five Years For the Hawks?

Is Bogdan Bogdanovic The Best Free Agent Signing  Of The Last Five Years For the Hawks?
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NBA free agency is now underway, and Atlanta Hawks fans are anxiously watching as GM Landry Fields re-tools this offseason following a speedy first-round exit from the 2023 playoffs. 

His first move was trading away John Collins and his monster contract, which seemed like a sleepy transaction at the time, but set the stage for yesterday’s big news. With cap space cleared after the Collins deal, the Hawks were able to finalize a 4-year, $120 million extension for star guard Dejounte Murray. 

With free agency very much on the mind here at, we wanted to take a quick break from Georgia sportsbooks updates and take a look to at the best signings over the past five years. Using free agency records from and stats from, we put together a list of the best free agent signings for each offseason between 2018 and 2022 based on “win shares” — an advance statistic that measures a players impact beyond just the usual box score stats. 

Best NBA Free Agent Signings Since 2018

To be eligible for this list players must have contributed all win shares to the team they signed with. In other words, if they a player was moved before the end of the season, they weren’t considered.

With all that in mind, here is our list of the Best NBA free-agent signings since 2018.

Year, Player, Team Contract Terms Win Shares Stats
2018, LeBron James, Lakers 4 Years/$154M 30.2 223 G, 27 PPG, 8.2 AST, 8 TRB, 1.2 STL
2019, Jimmy Butler, Heat 4 Years/$142M 39.8 231 G, 21.5 PPG, 6.3 TRB, 5.9 AST, 1.8 STL
2020, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Hawks 4 Years/$72M 10.3 161 G, 15.1 PPG, 3.6 TRB, 3 AST, .400 3P%
2021, DeMar DeRozan, Bulls 3 Years/$85M 17.3 150 G, 26.2 PPG, 5 AST, 4.9 TRB, .504 FG%
2022, Jalen Brunson, Knicks 4 Years/$104M 8.7 68 G, 24 PPG, 6.2 AST, 3.5 TRB, 0.9

Other Notable Signings For Comparison

Year, Player, Team Contract Terms Win Shares Stats
2018, Julius Randle, Pelicans 2 Years/$18M 6.1 73 G, 21.4 PPG, 8.7 TRB, 3.1 AST, .524 FG%
2019, Kawhi Leonard, Clippers 3 Years/$103M 24.6 161 G, 25.3 PPG, 6.7 TRB, 4.7 AST, 1.6 STL
2019, Kevin Durant, Nets 4 Years/$164M 19.1 129 G, 29 PPG, 7.1 TRB, 5.8 AST, .535 FG%
2019, Kyrie Irving, Nets 4 Years/$141M 17.9 143 G, 27.1 PPG, 5.8 AST, 4.8 TRB, 1.3 STL
2020, Gordon Hayward, Hornets 4 Years/$120M 8.3 143 G, 16.6 PPG, 4.9 TRB, 3.9 AST, 1 STL
2020, Danilo Gallinari, Hawks 3 Years/61.4M 7.4 117 G, 12.4 PPG, 4.4 TRB, .434 FG%, .392 3P%
2021, Kyle Lowry, Heat 3 Years/85M 9.8 118 G, 12.4 PPG, 6.4 AST, 4.3 TRB, 1.1 STL
2021, Lonzo Ball, Bulls 4 Years/$80M 2.2 35 G, 13 PPG, 5.4 TRB, 5.1 AST, 1.8 STL
2022, Collin Sexton, Jazz 4 Years/$70.9M 2.5 48 G, 14.3 PPG, 2.9 AST, 2.2 TRB, .506 FG%

Bogdanovic Reigns Among Hawks Free Agent Signings

Hawks fans will be delighted to see Serbian sensation Bogdan Bogdanovic rate out as 2020’s top free-agency signing. During the COVID-shortened 72 game season, in which the Hawks won the Southeast Division, Bogdanovic averaged just over fifteen PPG, and 3.6 total rebounds per game. He would be a key factor in the playoff run that led the team all the way to the Eastern Conference finals.

Although he’s been plagued with injuries since arriving in Atlanta, Boganovic’s strong play has continued while he’s been on the court — and his contributions haven’t gone unnoticed. Earlier this year, he signed a 4-year, $68 million extension.

Of all the free agent signings from the past five years, the Miami Heat’s addition of Jimmy Butler in 2019 had the most impact during Butler’s inaugural season with the team — and ever since too. “Jimmy Buckets” was the star of this years NBA playoffs, averaging 26.9 PPG as he helped lead the Heat to the NBA finals, where they would ultimately lose to the Denver Nuggets.

LeBron James to the Lakers is the third most impactful signing of the past half-decade. While it wouldn’t be until his second season with the team, the Lakers would win the NBA championship with LeBron in 2020.

It’s yet to be seen who will be the impact signing ahead of the 2023-24 season, but bullish Hawks fans can put their money behind Atlanta to win the NBA championship at +6500 on DraftKings sportsbook. Georgia DraftKings sportsbook will likely have all of your favorite Hawks wagers once sports betting becomes legal. 



Jeff Parker is an entertainment writer for A writer for film, television and the internet, Jeff is a life long movie buff, with a Masters Degree in Popular Culture. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he works full time as documentary filmmaker and producer.

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