most underrated players ever?
Discussion of who you think the most underrated player/s of all time are?
i think Alex English, Penny Hardaway, Chris Mullin, dikembe mutumbo (debatable), Bill Laimbeer
who do you think
fans who just started watcihng in the last 10 years, I don't think they realize how good Karl Malone, Grant Hill, and Gary Payton were in the 90's. Those guys in their prime from the 90's would absoulutely be some fo the best today. And that is coming from a fan who always argues how much the game progresses and evolves over the years.
Penny Hardaway underrated??????/ I mean they guy was really good earlier in his career and everyone knows that, but once he got injured he really couldn't get it back. No way he is underrated, he is rated just fine. Alex English however is very underrated so i'll give u that, as is Chris Mullin. I think that the most underrated of all time is Bob McAdoo. How that guy didn't make the NBA Top 50 is criminal. He was such a good scorer, he had a mistmatch every game. And he had such a feathery and soft touch
Robert Horry. People will not even remember him in 5 years. 16 season and 7 championships. The things he contributed to the championships are not things that show up on the stat sheet. Hustle, Ability to guard multiple positions, CLUTCH SHOTS.
I dont think he should be in the hall of fame like some people have suggested before but I think he is underrated.
Bernard King was one of the top players of the 80's but you dont here much of him on this board because his career didnt carry over into the 90's which is the time the older ones of us started watching basketball.
Didnt make the NBA greatest 50. Just as good if not better than some of the players that made the list just no title (worthy, Parish, Drexler)
22 -6-3 for his career.
Seasons where he averaged 33, 26, 28.
Great shooter. Ran a Cavs team that used to compete hard against the Bulls in the early 90's.
4x all star.
Career 90% freethrow
47% FG% (for comparison Billups is 42% and
Had an eight year run where he averaged around 18ppg and 9 assists.
bad boys, why cant u just post all of ur comments in 1 post?
I will try to do that. They were just coming to me as I thought of them then i would post.
Took Clippers to Western Conference finals!! Enough said?
3x NBA champ
Very long Career with steady production.
Allen Iverson most people don't realize just how good he was and that hes one of the greatest scorers of all time.
I agree with all of BadBoys's suggestions.
I'll toss out several guys who had very similar game:
BadBoys, just ignore Henry, he's a moaner.
I really like the Benard King one.
Vinnie "THE MICROWAVE" Johnson
lock up defender ,good scorer, great winner and,a game changer on d
Tom Chambers. For a 10 year period he averaged between 17.2 and 27.2 PPG every season. Great scorer.
Tim Hardaway. People right now who already proclaim Chris Paul as the next HOF point probably don't remember that Hardaway started off his career with similiar numbers. 22.9 PPG, 9.7 APG, 2.6 SPG as a sophomore in 1991. 23.4 PPG, 10 APG, 2 SPG in 1992. 21.5 PPG, 10.6 APG in 1993 and 20.1 PPG and 9.3 APG in '94 before going on to have a resurgence with the Heat in the late 90s.
Props to the microwave for mentioning Fat Lever and Mitch Richmond. Lever was a triple double threat for four straight years before injuries derailed his career. 18.9 PPG, 8 APG and 8.9 RPG in 1987. 18.9 PPG, 7.8 APG and 8.1 RPG in '88. 19.8 PPG, 7.9 APG and 9.3 RPG in '89 and 18.3 PPG, 6.5 PG and 9.3 RPG in '90.
Richmond never averaged less than 21.9 PPG between 1988 and 1998 .
One thing I will always say about the 90s is that the greatest players from that era could beat anyone from any other era not just because they were so talented but also because they featured some of the best defenders ever. IMO Payton is the greatest defensive PG off all time, Jordan the greatest defensive SG of all time, Pippin the greatest defensive SF of all time and Olajuwon the second best defensive center of all time (behind only Russell).
Mitch Richmond,Tim Hardaway,Larry Johnson, n Payton people don't bring him up like they should.
Terrell Brandon is another name that should be included. He replaced Mark Price in cleavland and was an all-star. One year, Sports Illustrated declared him the best pg in the NBA. You never hear anyone talk about TB.
man if not for injuries, what could he have been? he was a beast..
from the past... gotta say david thompson was underrated..... the guy could absolutely fly and had a ridiculous jumper... its a shame how his career ended...
i agree with the gary payton assesments, love the glove
to throw out some others
Latrell Sprewell... defensive monster, electric competitor, great teammate
eddie jones... there was a while when this guy could do anything he wanted on the floor
and gotta say manu ginobili...and i know people hate him... but the guy is a warrior
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson)
how about ANTONIO MCDYESS>.. i know DICE had some decent yrs recently, but in his hey day b4 injury this guy could fly and was a monster with Denver..
chris webber turn a bad team into 1 of the best in nba im going with chris webber.
Props to the Chris Webber shout out. He was as talented as any power forward ever and was often overshadowed by Garnett and Duncan. Scottie Pippen will never get the credit he deserves from fans because he was always second fiddle. Joe Dumars, KC Jones, Michael Finley, James Worthy, Connie Hawkins, Reggie Miller, and Kevin McCale all also fall under my list, because even though they're all aknoledged as greats, I don't think people understand just how good they were.