The most important free agent on each of the eight teams eliminated in the first round

D'Angelo Russell will become a restricted free agent in the offseason. [Image Source: Flickr | BipHoo Company]
D'Angelo Russell will become a restricted free agent in the offseason. [Image Source: Flickr | BipHoo Company]

Two All-Stars from this season, D'Angelo Russell and Nikola Vucevic, appear on this list.

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With each of the eight first round matchups in the playoff now complete, the postseason field has been cut in half. Eight teams saw their season slightly extended from the regular season without making much of a dent come playoff time.

After previously looking at the most important free agents on teams that did not qualify for the postseason, who is the most important free agent on each of the teams eliminated in the first round? (Note: Those with player or team options are not included. Ages shown are how old they will be on November 1, 2019. The list of free agents were taken from Spotrac.)

1

Brooklyn Nets - D'Angelo Russell, restricted (PG, Age: 23)

A first-time All-Star this season, Russell averaged career-bests in scoring (21.1), assists (7.0), field goal percentage (43.4) and three-point percentage (36.9). Yahoo Sports has reported how Russell has made it clear that he wants to stay in Brooklyn.

2

Detroit Pistons - Ish Smith (PG, Age: 31)

Smith didn't start a game in 2018-19 after starting 67 in the previous two seasons for Detroit, but he still played a valuable role off the bench spelling the inconsistent Reggie Jackson. He reached double figure scoring in 22 of his 56 contests and had a better than three-to-one assist to turnover ratio.

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