The NBA is filled with glorified superstars that attract most of the attention for their respective
NBA team. These superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, or James
Harden(the list goes on) tend to get most of the praise from the media when their team does well. So here are some of the best under the radar players in the association.
Atlanta Hawks: Kyle Korver- The fact that 3/5 of the Hawks starting line-up made the all-star team with the exception of Korver is enough reason to put Korver on this list. But lets dig a little deeper, he's shooting 52% from the field, and leads the league in free throw and three point percentage with 92% and 53% respectively. In short, Korver has been putting on a shooting display and is having one of the best years shooting the basketball this league has seen. UPDATE: Korver made all-star team in place of Dwyane Wade.
Boston Celtics: Jared Sullinger- Usually on a rebuilding team filled with raw young talent and a coach new to the professional level, you won't find many underrated players who deserve a lot of credit for putting up numbers on bad teams. Sullinger is the exception not the rule. Hes averaging 14.4 points, and 8 rebounds per game. Not impressed? Yeah at first glance I probably wouldn't be either. Well what if I told you that he's doing this playing just 28.7 minutes per game? There we go that's better now right!? No it gets even better my friends!! Hes still only 22 years old, is a great building block for this rebuilding squad, and should get better with more minutes of playing time in the near future.
Brooklyn Nets: Joe Johnson- This seven time all-star has quietly had a great career. The word quiet seems fitting for this quiet but deadly superstar. His 15.6 points and 3.7 assists are identical to his averages last year when he made his 7th all-star appearance. He might not put up 20 and 5 any more but, he is still the best player on the team, that can take over games, and carry his team down the stretch.
Charlotte Hornets: Al Jefferson- A man who has never even made an all-star team despite averaging 20 points, and 10 rebounds per game in three different seasons. Just the thought of this is enough to get my blood boiling. Easily one of the greatest travesties in the game. In a league where being a traditional big man that can bang down low and play as a traditional center, is a lost cause, "Big Al" is a rare breed indeed and deserves so much more recognition being one of the best players in the NBA not just his position.
Chicago Bulls: Joakim Noah- His Numbers don't come close to telling the whole story. A Poor man's Dennis Rodman, hard-nose hustler who lays it all out there, playing great defense, rebounding and blocking shots. Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, and Jimmy Butler may get most of the attention but turn on a Bulls game and tell me Joakim Noah is not as important to the team. I dare you!
Cleveland Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson- Putting Thompson on this list may seem a little odd. Especially when you consider the fact that he was a former 4th overall pick in the 2011 draft, and hasn't exactly turned into a star that would justify said pick. But it doesn't matter because while Thompson is not a star he is definitely far from being a bust. He has provided more than adequate production off the bench nearly averaging a double-double with 8.9 points and rebounds per game On a team contending for a championship, you can do a lot worse.
Dallas Mavericks: Monta Ellis- Yet another travesty! Ellis Has Averaged 19.5 points and 4.8 assists per game for his career, has averaged at least 20 points and 5 assists in 4 different seasons and HAS NEVER MADE THE ALL-STAR TEAM! This guy is vastly underpaid, should be making all-star teams left and right, while being recognized as one of the best players in the NBA.
Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson- Now the way the Nuggets have been playing this year, you might say no one deserves or is worthy of making this list. However, what I would say is not everyone on this list is someone who I think deserves to be an all-star. Lawson is quietly one of the better distributors of the basketball in the league averaging exactly 10 assists per game. Oh! and his scoring is far from shabby, he is averaging 16.5 points per game as well. I'm not saying hes a star but, he is an above average point guard that makes plays for his teammates. Think Mike Conley from Memphis(who is also on this list later on).
Detroit Pistons: Greg Monroe- This former 2010, 7th overall pick, is a walking double-double in points and rebounds per game. Monroe is averaging 15 and 10 on the year and it would be more if he were a more featured player in the offense. Which brings me to my only issue with Monroe, and that is his lack of assertiveness, he doesn't seem to command the ball even though his skill set warrants him to do so. Nonetheless he's still quietly one of the better players at his position, Forward or Center.
Golden State Warriors: David Lee- Kudos to Lee for accepting a lesser role off the bench on this Golden State team loaded with tremendous depth and talent. This former 2 time all-star provides the scoring and rebounding this team needs off the bench. He flew under the radar in his all-star seasons, and it still bodes true today as well. But Lee doesn't need the attention, his teammates know how important he is to the team.
Houston Rockets: Trevor Ariza- Yes Harden is an M.V.P Candidate, and they have Dwight Howard, but Ariza is the perfect floor spacer that hits the open shot. He also guards the opposing teams best perimeter player, taking pressure off Harden on the defensive end of the floor. So Harden can definitely salute Ariza for doing the "dirty work" if he wins the M.V.P.
Indiana Pacers: Roy Hibbert- I know what you're thinking. HUH!?Roy Hibbert?? Hear me out. The guy is a decent big man that can defend the paint, he's a big body, and he'll block some shots here and there. When you combine that with the fact that no other Pacer was a serious contender to make this list, its Roy Hibbert almost by default. The Roy Hibbert that's been under the radar since making the all-star team last season.
L.A. Clippers: J.J. Redick- One of the best pure shooters in the NBA, Redick is sporting a solid 14.4 point per game average as a starter for the Clips, while shooting an impressive 43% from the three point line. He's been out for a couple of games this season and the Clips continue to get blown out in his absence. He may not be a star but hes a vital part of the Clippers floor spacing and offensive sets.
L.A. Lakers: Jordan Hill- One of the more solid role players in this league, Hill sticks to his guns and knows what hes good at and does it well. He hustles, defends, rebounds and hits the open jump shot on offense. He's Udonis Haslem part two, except not as renowned or glorified. Well then!! here is his glorification.
Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conely- With the Point Guard position being one of the deepest in the NBA, Conley consistently finds him self flying under the radar. However Conley more than holds his own with averages of 17.4 points and 5.4 assists per game. Hes also shooting a career high 41% from the three point line. A solid young floor general who plays better than his stats and is a winner.
Miami Heat: Chris Bosh- You ask How can a guy with a $100 million contract and ten straight all-star appearances be underrated? Well I have better questions to ask. Like how come a Center that averages 21 points and 7 rebounds per game,while shooting 37% from three, not be considered a super star? How come when we talk about best superstars in the league Bosh is not in the conversation, and have people acknowledge him as "just an all-star but not a superstar"? Maybe its time to reconsider. He has career averages of 19 points and 9 rebounds per game and is a two time NBA champion. He deserves respect. Bosh is and always was a superstar, and the Hall of Fame will be waiting for him once he hangs them up. Case closed. NEXT!
Milwaukee Bucks: Brandon Knight- Knight was a bit of a disappointment in his two seasons with the Detroit Pistons, the team that originally drafted him. But ever since being traded to Milwaukee he almost looks like a whole new player, and is playing with a lot more confidence. It shows in his numbers this season as he is averaging 18 points and 5.4 assists per game, while being one of the bigger snubs left off the 2015 all-star game roster. Hopefully he gets a call if someone cannot play in the game. He deserves it and is having an all-star caliber season.
Minnesota Timber-wolves: Kevin Martin- Martin has only played in 16 games so far this season do to injury. But in the games hes played hes gotten back to his old usual self, a great scorer and a guy that can fill it up. Hes averaging 20 points per game on 39% shooting from downtown. He's in contention for the title, best player to never make the all-star team. Look up his career numbers and you'll understand why.
New Orleans Pelicans: Tyreke Evans- Since averaging a career high 20 points per game in his rookie season, expectations only grew for the already highly touted Evans. Fast forward 5 seasons later and he is almost an after thought compared to the hype that surrounded him during his rookie season. He seems to be maturing as a player and is a better player now then when he was putting up those great numbers in his rookie year. This season he has averages of 17 points and 6 assists. He's also averaging an impressive 5.5 rebounds per game. Not bad for a player that most casual fans probably never heard of.
New York Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr.- As a New York Knick fan myself, believe me it was hard picking an underrated player on an atrocious roster full of misfits,and players that either just don't mesh with one another, or do not belong in the NBA to begin with (Carmelo Anthony is obviously an exception).The only thing to look foward to this season is the All-star game 2015. But this season is all about the future and most of these players will not be a part of the future or be around when the Knicks start winning again. I do feel however Hardaway is a solid piece to keep for the future as he continues to mature and play with more confidence. He's a solid scorer that is still only 22 years old with lots of more room to grow.
O.K.C Thunder: Serge Ibaka- Averaging 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game Ibaka has flown under the radar once again. In fact to be honest I almost forgot he was on the team, as he is just not getting the same amount of attention he seemed to get last year. He's averaging 1 three pointer per game and 2 blocks per game as well. Maybe Ibaka should again, miss two games in a play-off series, have people talking about how the Thunder aren't the same team with out him and maybe, just maybe, we'll start recognizing him for the very good player that he is.
Orlando Magic: Nikola Vucevic- This young gun does everything but score all the points for his team. Okay maybe I exaggerated just a little bit. But seriously you would think that a player like Vucevic that is averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per game would at the very least get some consideration to make the all-star team despite his teams sub par record. I'm not saying he's as good as DeMarcus Cousins, but if Cousins plays for a bad team, and is making the all-star team so should Vucevic.
Philadelphia 76ers: Tony Wroten- Yes he just went down for possibly the rest of the year, but I believe he is a key piece to this rebuilding Sixers team. He was averaging 16.9 points and 5.2 assists before going down with an ACL injury. Although ACL injuries are hard to come back from, he is only 21 years old so he should continue to only get better when he returns from his injury.
Portland Trail Blazers: Wesley Matthews- Its not easy replacing an all-star/superstar player such as Brandon Roy, but Wesley Matthews has quietly done a very good job of doing that since taking over the starting SG position for the Blazers. For all the attention that the "splash brothers" from G-state get, it is Wesley Matthews who leads the league in three point field goal makes not Curry or Thompson. Add to that the fact that hes averaging 16.3 points per game while shooting 40% from three, and you have yourself the most underrated SG in the league.
Phoenix Suns: Gerald Green- Green averages 12.1 points per game off the bench while only playing 20 minutes per game. He is instant offense off the bench, and with players like the Morris twins and Isiah Thomas coming off the bench, Green is often over looked.
Sacramento Kings: Rudy Gay- In a league that seems to be in a shortage of even quality starting small forwards, you would think a player with Rudy Gay's numbers would be more appreciated. The criticism of Gay is that hes just a selfish high volume scorer, whose past teams have gotten better after his departure. The opposite is true this season as he's averaging a career high 3.9 assists per game and shooting a career high 88% from the free-throw line. That free-throw percentage is even more impressive when you consider the fact that hes averaging 5.6 attempts per game, which means hes taking more high quality shots, and getting to the line. Yet another great player that has never made an all-star team.
San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard- Leonard the finals M.V.P, is set to make a lot of money if he tests his true value this coming off-season on the open market. With a team first mentality and a great system in San Antonio, you won't hear too much individual praise of Leonard. However if he were playing a more featured role for another team you would have all the makings of what we call a superstar in this league.
Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan- DeRozan has been a quality scorer his entire career, and his ways of scoring have continued to improve each season as evidenced by his scoring averages. He is an underrated 2 guard that takes some of the scoring responsibilities off star player Kyle Lowry. He's just beginning the prime of his career at only 25 years old.
Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors- Favors seems like a seasoned veteran because of his poise and patience out there on the floor. He has been in the league for 5 seasons, but if you look up at his age he is still only 23 years old. He has gotten better each season and has no doubt been, and is the best player on Utah's roster, with averages of 15.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He will only get better.
Washington Wizards: Marcin Gortat- Gortat doesn't do anything special but he is a really good rebounder and solid scorer. He's averaging close to a double-double(11.6 points and 8 rebounds per game), is someone that helps tighten up the paint for the Wizards, and is definitely a player you have to account for on both ends of the floor.
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