Who do you think is the most underrated player in the NBA?
And by this I don't want to see discussions that are like, "No way Kobe Bryant is better than Dwyane Wade! Dwyane Wade is so underrated!"
I mean someone who is a great player that isn't getting the recognition they deserve.
Up until last year I felt it was Danny Granger, but after these playoffs I think he got to much attention to be considered underrated.
Now I feel like Greg Monroe is a great player who most people don't know is so good, because the Pistons are so bad. He is good right now, and has a chance to be great, especially if Drummond pans out and Monroe can shift down to PF.
Anyways, just my two cents. Thoughts?
By the media it's LaMarcus Aldridge. You never hear his name, yet he's arguably the best PF in the game. On this site it might be David Lee. I've never really heard anyone ever say anything good about him if I hear anything at all and he averaged 20.1 and 9.6 last season Greg Monroe wasn't a bad choice but he's only played 2 years so it's probably a tad early for him imo.
Y2g aldrige is not the best pf in the game, its easily Josh Smith as he is the best two way player in the league, I wanna see lamarcus operate on the block more than shoot jumpers all the time, my most underrated player has to be Tony Allen, this guy will lock anybody down, is a good rebounder, has the fire to win. Plus he's only making 4 mil a year. My other has to be Josh Smith, this guy averaged 16pts, 9 rebs. 4 ast. 1.5 steals and 2 blocks a game this season but didn't make the all star squad or any in his career which is crazy as he is an excellent two way player
You said josh smith easily the best power forward then you say lamarcus Aldridge should operate on the block more then shoot jumpers all the time lol,have you ever even seen Josh Smith play??
I feel Nicolas Batum could be the most underrated player in the league. He's a superior defender with a ton of offensive talent who seems to get overlooked. He's still young and I think he's poised for a huge year this upcoming season.
Batum was underrated until he got that crazy contract now he needs to produce or he will be overrated
@igetbuckets99 the best PF is easily Kevin Love
My mind is struggling to see how any one considers them underrated when teams obviously valued them enough to give them mega bucks.
Monta Ellis and Aldridge and Paul Pierce doesn't get nearly as much love as he should
^true..but how does that make them underrated players?
for example, lebron could have the most love out of any current nba player but still be an underrated player.
If you make over 10 million a year your far from underrated batum got payed because Portland didn't want him to go, love isn't the best pf yeah he has great numbers but who doesn't put up good numbers on a bad team? Chris bosh was putting up 24 and 12 in Toronto,By the way he can't defend, nah Paul pierce isnt underrated everyone knows ''the truth''
I was making a few posts above this.... Am still confused how anyone could consider anyone paid over 10 million a year underratted
so you are assuming that nba players who have lots of love and are loved are not considered underrated?
Resort to calling guys retardsif that makes you feel better.... Oh and I love how give yourself a plus every post you make.
No your retarded which is why you have -306 points, what does how much a player is loved do with anything with a players talent??? I'm pretty sure nothing, ilyasova and batum are not really talked about by fans but get payed 10 mil a year so they are underrated? Get out of here
Here's a couple players that are always underrated in my mind..
Aaron Afflalo: put up 15.2 ppg at a rate of 47% FG and 39.8% 3p, incredibly efficient and always plays under control.
Monta Ellis: the exact opposite of Afflalo in every way.. The ultimate combo guard.. Insanely athletic, if he was 4 maybe 3 inches taller he could be the best player in the league hands down. Plays on the edge of control and makes it work. I wouldn't say underrated necessarily but I would say underappreciated...
Ben Gordon: I'm not sure what has happened to him the last couple years... I loved his game with Chicago and at UConn.. Pure scorer.. I hope he gets a long last look somewhere.. At only 29, IMO he has a lot left.
I agree 100% about Affalo. Great glue guy, plays good defense and has a nice long range shot. I completely disagree with you about Ben Gordon though. He's been on a steady decline for a while now, is undersized, and completely one-dimensional. Not to mention he has a horrible contract (not his fault obviously, Joe Dumars horribly overvalued him). That's why I'm not a big fan of Kemba Walker either. He's Ben Gordon lite in my opinion.
Josh Smith is definitely underrated. He's a jump-shot, consistency, and self-control away from being a franchise player. He can do it all.
How many years has he had to develop this jump shot he needs so much? Long enough.
He's a great all-around player, but he needs to improve on the facets of his game that he's lacked for the past 5 or so years before he can be any better than he was back when he was a rookie. The guy just hasn't improved other than his feel for the game. Give hime a J, and yeah he'll be very good. But he doesn't have it and he hasn't shown ANY ability to be consistent with it at all.
His j is pretty good as he shot 38% from deep 2 years ago its just his shot selection, he settles for too many deep 2's and contested jumpers when he should be driving to the hoop or making a move against smaller players on the block
I'll try with some different names...
PG - Kyle Lowry
SG - Gordon Hayward
SF - Andre Iguodala
PF - Paul Milsap
C - Greg Monroe
That team would be... A first round exit.
All underrated team
imo j smooth isnt underrated at all if anyhting i think hes way overrated the guy has the skill set too b a top ten player in the league but he floats takes way too many stupid shots and at times just doesnt seem too give a shyt as for being underrated i take k love hes the best pf in the league but he never gets mentioned as being an elite player i know the arguments that hes getting points on a bad team and ill give that statement but the rebounding numbers he puts up are insane and that has nothing too do with being on a bad team he just out works people for boards
Nick Collison is in the running IMO.
He's one of the best defenders at the PF position in the NBA and often regarded as a scrub because he's big, white and doesn't score a lot of points. For the past 3 years he's grabbed nearly 2 offensive rebounds in only 20 minutes of playing time and always comes up with a big hustle play when the Thunder have him on the floor.
I'm not sure if this stat is accurate anymore but I remember hearing that Collison was in the top 5 in +/- on year. I wish I could find it but you're def. correct, Collison is another underrated player.
I agree that Aldridge might be the most unappreciated star in the nba...But i dont think LaMarcus Aldridge is the best PF in the nba,there are several guys that you can put in that conversation,like Blake,K Love,Pau,Bosh & Dirk..I'll take Zack Randolph over him..I think LaMarcus is 1 of the best,but not the best..But each of the current group of Pfs have a flaw that holds them back,from being number 1 at that spot.....KG & Duncan careers are coming to a close,yet on some nights they still are capable of turning back the clock and looking like they did 10 years ago..
All excellent choices by *most* users (oh lawd, why call people retards and make an idiotic statement? I just don't get people lol)
Anyways, I'll throw a guy who year after year holds his own, never much attention, but all the teams he's been on loves him. Andre Miller! He just knows how to play his position so well. He never misses games, can run the offense so well and is actually a very crafty scorer. When he was on the Sixers for those couple of seasons, he really helped Andre Iguadola be a better scorer. He knows how to put his teammates in good spots. I believe his career has been so solid that he's closing in on being in the top 10 all-time in assists (Don't quote me on that but I think he's at 11 or something like that right now). If there is a player whose been solid for a decade without getting much recoginition, it's got to be Mr. Miller
Paul Millsap anyone?
DeMarcus Cousins, I know he might get some acknowlegement, but he averaged 18 and 11 at age 21! He is going to bea future star, and he also has great defensive potential as well. He has avery nice face-up game and in time will develop a low post back to the basket guy. His offensive game reminds me of a less athletic but stronger Amare, although Cousins is no slouch ahtletically as well. When he improves his shot selection, that field goal percentage will come closer to 48%-50%. He is going to be a SUPERSTAR. Last season he led the league in offensive rebounds, and would've still led the league in offensive rebounds even if Dwight didn't go down. 4 offensive boards in 30 minutes per game? Those are beast stats. If you discount the first five games of the season when the Kings were a mess, he shot 46% from the field and his average was 19ppg. His free throw shooting is respectavle as well at 70% from the field, and has improved each season since Kentucky, when he was shooting 60% from the line. The fouls are a problem, and always will be, but I'm sure that he can improve enough to be on the court around 34-36 mpg, although I'm sure his team would rather want him out there closer to 40 mpg.
Let's put it this way, Andrea Bargnani has been in the league for 6 years, and has played about 12,100 minutes for his career, and has 375 career offensive rebounds. Cousins has played about 4,200 minutes and has 482 career offensive rebounds. He also is within 200 total rebounds of Bargnani despite playing a third of the mintues he's played.
Cousins is a beast, and he's gonna take the league by storm very soon. The Kings are going to suck again this year(Barring Cousins goes absolutly off this season) and get another high draft pick. Watch out for this guy, he's gonna be the best center in the league one day, and a top 10 player in the league.
Marc Gasol: He may be the 4th best center in the league after Howard, Bynum, and Chandler. He is a rare center who you can really run your offense through.
Isaiah Thomas: He has gotten a lot of attention from some fans, but I feel a lot of people still underestimate him because he doesn't look like a prototypical starting NBA pg. He was the 3rd best rookie pg last year, which is more impressive than it sounds, as Irving and Rubio had incredible rookie seasons.
Thaddeus Young: Efficient scorer and underrated defender. People call him a tweener, but I see him as a pure pf. He has proven to be a good defensive pf despite his lack of height and he is a very effective offensive player.
Anthony Morrow: Shooters like him are hard to find. He is just good enough at everything else to make himself a valuable starter.
Chandler Parsons: He was an absolute steal for Houston. Is a jack-of-all-trades who looks like a potential long-term starter for Houston.
Danilo Gallinari: He got more attention in NY than in Denver, but he has the makings of a future all-star. He just needs to get back to shooting as well as he did a couple years ago, as he has dramatically improved the other areas of his game.
Greg Monroe- I'm still in awe that they picked Hibbert as an replacement instead of Monroe.(!) Again if drummond and Kratsov pans out i expect for him to be an all star hands down, maybe a starter if howard is tradedd out west (and if bynum is still in the west as well)
Nikola Pekovic- Big man has some skills and is a nice rebounder
Marcin Gortat- Has moves but 6 of those point came from Nash and his assists tho. Still underated none the less.
Aaron Affalo- nice sg who has a great jumpshot, and a good defender
Tony Allen- Great Defender, but suspect shot
Al Jefferson- Good bigman. Deserved to be an allstar
And whoever said the arc gasol was the 4th best center behind howard, bynum, and...Chandler??? nooo chandler is widely overraated. Been in the league for 11 years and he still hasn't learned a post up move, let alone how to shoot a hookshot or jumpshot..just all dunks and defense..i would put gasol and monroe ahead of him
When I said Gasol was the 4th best center in the league, I was thinking of Garnett and Duncan as pfs, even though they play center, as they have each been pfs for most of their career.
Ty Lawson and Andre Miller
Some underrated players
- Ryan Anderson
- Tyson Chandler
- Ersan Ilyasova
- Kawhi Leonard
General trend for these guys: they shoot a much better 3pt and/or FT% than normal for their position. They almost never turn the ball over. They get lots of offensive rebounds. And they hold their own on defense.
Monroe is definitely up there, as are Lawson, Anderson, and Chandler. James Harden produces at a near-elite level if you really get into more advanced statistics, yet he's looked at by the majority of basketball fans and media as the third, more insignificant wheel of Oklahoma City's big three. The guy produces offense as efficiently as any two guard in the league (he does come off the bench initially, so that has to be taken into account; but the point is that the guy produces at a level that is well above what the prestige of his name suggests).
Jose Calderon - great assist to turnovers guy.
Jarrett Jack - quality PG who gets on with his job without the bs
Danilo Gallinari - great all round player. Some have said he is a good 3rd option but I would say a 2nd
Kris Humphries - great rebounder and underrated post scorer
Drew Gooden - seems to get traded often but i think hes a very good all round PF
Being good is good, that'll get you Drew Gooden.
Al Jefferson doesn't get any love at all. He's never been in a good situation untill recently with this young Jazz team, and even now people want him gone. He started off playing on those terrible Celtics teams, then was traded to an even worse Minnisota team, and then signed to the Jazz right when all the Williams drama started. He is a consistent 20-10 every night, and besides Tim Duncan and arguably Zack Randolf, has the best low post moves in the NBA. He rarely turns the ball over which is crazy considering he's a back to the basket player, and has gotten a lot better on the defensive end of the floor overthe years. I know Jefferson isn't as good as Bynum, but they play and put up very similar stats. If Bynum ever becomes the main guy on a team I bet his numbers would look very similar to when Big Al had the green light in Minny and put up 23-11-1.7 on 50% shooting. For someone with that production, Big Al never gets brought up in any kind of discustion, and I don't care if he gets paid over 10$ million, the guy is under rated!
Bynum- 18.7 ppg 11.8 rpg 1.9 bpg with a per of 23
Jefferson- 19.2 ppg 9.6 rpg 1.7 bpg with a per of 22.8