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Favourite non-superstar players

Ok, this thread was inspired by High floors post the other day about favourite players. It got me thinking about who were your favourite players growing up that weren't really star players? They may have been only an average player but had something about them that you liked. Or if you are young now, who are your favourite non star players today?

Mine was Terry Mills when he was playing for the Detroit Pistons. Long before the 'stretch 4' became popular, Mills was a sweet shooting 6-10 power forward. I don't know what it was about him, but he was one of my favourite players for the Pistons in the post bad boys era. Loved watching him shoot.

So who were/are your faves?


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Watson

My favorite role player growing up was Earl Watson. I remember him in Indiana and Utah and I just really liked him. He was a pass first point guard and that's kinda what I was and still am and so I think that I just found similarities between the two of us.

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I always loved Steve Kerr.

I always loved Steve Kerr. He was a shooter just like me during my playing days. He didn't fit the mold of your typical NBA player. He looked like he belonged in a bank more than on an NBA court. It always intrigued me how he coexisted with one of the most competitive and driven athletes of all time. He had MJ's trust enough to give him the final shot in game 6 of the 97 NBA finals. Kerr had some great Chicago Bulls stories that he told on Open Court. He's obviously on his way to becoming a great head coach now.

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Robert Horry, Jason Williams,

Robert Horry, Jason Williams, Jamal Mashburn all come to mind

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Rather strange response. My

Rather strange response.

My favourite non superstar is Delly.

Little ability and ugly shooting stroke...yet highly effective at winning the mental game.

Can be dirty...but thats what made Ric Flair awesome too.

Fans love to hate him. They pay their money...theyre entitled to BOO him.

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No doubt, Charles "BO" Outlaw

No doubt, Charles "BO" Outlaw was my favorite Clipper back in the day. Also, Reggie Evans during his time with the Clips dude was the reason along with Bledsoe that they where able to comeback in the 4th quarter against the Grizz in the first round of the playoffs.

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Mannn I always loved Bo

Mannn I always loved Bo Outlaw too, his goggles were always so trendy.. I sorta wished the goggle trend would return.

Although I mostly remember his orlando day

I think My favorite Clip tho was Lamound Murry, he was so much fun to watch

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Aaron Gordon, Kyle Anderson

Aaron Gordon, Kyle Anderson

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BJ Armstrong

BJ!

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Darrell Armstrong, Al

Darrell Armstrong, Al Harington, Mo Willams, Jason Willams, Andre Miller, Glenn Robinson (I don't know if he qualifies here?), and Antonio Mcdyess (post injury, because pre-injury he was a superstar) are my pick

OH WOW and Chris Childs... I used to love watching Chris Childs, and Charlie Ward!

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1. Michael Cooper. Ultimate

1. Michael Cooper. Ultimate role player on the Lakers championship teams and great defender.

2. Anthony Mason.....brought a lot of toughness to the Knicks teams in the 90s

3. Kenny Anderson.....loved the left handed J

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Fisher

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Dale Davis

He made his presence felt in the paint on both ends of the floor, without demanding the spotlight. I almost associate him with the Pacers as much as Reggie, Jalen & Smits

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Nick van exel- Very good

Nick van exel- Very good player who made an all-star team but I definitely wouldn't say he ever really qualified as a superstar. One of the best hesitation dribbles I have ever seen and was deadly with the floater in the lane. Loved watching him on those mid 90s Lakers teams and even later in Dallas in a sixth man role.

Derek Fisher- you always had confidence that he would come through in the biggest moments and he usually did. He was always criticized for a lack of quickness or pure pg skills, but really who else would you want on the floor in a clutch situation. Plus he was always a phenomenal teammate and great locker room guy.

Jamal Crawford- just a really fun player to watch. Makes moves with the ball that seem impossible and makes it look so easy doing it. I know he's not the most efficient player but I always just enjoyed the fact that he plays a style he's accustomed to instead of conforming and he's found a way to be very successful doing it.

Vlade divac- I'm conflicted on this because I'm a huge Lakers fan and he was always kind of public enemy number one during those kings rivalry days. I always respected him though and the fact that be made the most out of his limited athletic ability. Extremely smart player and phenomenal passer and who knew how to gain an edge on his opponent. His game wasn't always pretty, but it was very effective.

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Delly, Giannis and Tony

Delly, Giannis and Tony Allen!

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Giannis will fall outside the

Giannis will fall outside the "non superstar" category soon.

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I grew up on nba classics vhs

i grew up on nba classics vhs' s or any other basketball video I could get my hands on. Most of them came from the thrift store or my dad would rent them and we'd record them. Most of the videos were really old too so none of my friends ever knew who I was talkin about when I'd want to be world b free or vinny Johnson at recess instead of Ray Allen or Allen iverson (I'm 25 y.o.). I've been a basketball junkie for as long as I can remember, and still am to this

But back to the topic, I've always liked a lot of non star players. Gail Goodrich(kinda a star), vinnie Johnson, Orlando woolridge, rod Strickland, Stacey augment, Kenny Anderson, Xavier mcdaniels just to name a few off the top of my head. But my favorite low-key basketball player of all time, would have to be Kenny "the Jet" Smith. He was in the dunk contests and three point shootouts and held his own in both, he never lost his cool and played like he truly loved the game.

When it comes to the current NBA, I follow and root for a few non-star players. Danilo Gallinari is without a doubt, one of my favorite players. Love his offensive game. I hope he stays healthy. Jared Sullinger is another bc I played with him growin up and know how high quality of a ppl he and his family are, he was always good to me, even when we were real young and u was normally the only white kid haha.

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Nick Van Exel and Sedale

Nick Van Exel and Sedale Threatt. Richard Dumas.

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Derek Anderson, Steve Smith,

Derek Anderson, Steve Smith, Tayshaun Prince.

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Sarunus Marciolionis. I'll

Sarunus Marciolionis. I'll remember him for his awesome mustache and gigantic thighs. For some reason I always felt like there would be great chaos when he entered the game. He always did something to either piss off the defenders or Don Nelson. You could tell there was a huge language barrier and it always seemed like he was out there doing his own thing which I found amusing. He may have been pound for pound the strongest player in the NBA.

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man...steve smith? jason

man...steve smith? jason williams, derrick fisher, vlade divak? i mean, these guys are all-stars. are we considering only mvp's off limits? i guess "superstar" is subjective, but op named a dude i'd never heard of, so i think thats more what he's hoping the responses are like... you should have heard of mine, but he's no star, just a fan favorite... Jerome Williams! the Junkyard Dog!

and like op, i also enjoyed the stretch 4s that didnt do much else while i was growing up, and Donyell Marshall and Matt Bonner were fun to root for.

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Actually none of them were

Actually none of them were ever all-stars except Smith once in 1998.

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hmmmm.... yeah. Divac was

hmmmm.... yeah. Divac was also an all-star... but you're right, i thought they all had been. i guess watching through the early 2000's i consider jwill and fish stars.

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I stand corrected. Divac did

I stand corrected. Divac did make one all-star team in 2001 which completely slipped my mind. J-will and fish were never close though.

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You're right

I was going for players that were pretty average that not many people would have heard of, that left an impression on you. But hey, I'm just glad people are talking about some of the old players that we've probably forgotten about. Croshere and Marciulonis were two that really stood out to me from the responses.

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Being a power forward/centre

Being a power forward/centre myself (a bad one!) I always liked the underrated big with good stroke from mid range:

- Raef lafrentz

- Austin Croshere

- Antonio Davis

- Shareef Abdur-rahim

and jerome Williams for constant hustle

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Croshere

I'd forgotten about him! He was another player I liked.

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Shane Battier

Shane Battier. Can guard multiple positions and helps your team win.

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Anthony Parker when he played

Anthony Parker when he played for the Raps

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Cedric Ceballos and Eddie Jones

Cedric had a nice inside out game and Eddie was a pesky defender who could slash. Also gotta show love to my namesake Steve Kerr.....he was a cold blooded shooter whom always had the respect of his teamates for his hard work. Even if he had to punch Jordan to get his respect.

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Hedo Turkoglu Favorite player

Hedo Turkoglu

Favorite player on those magic teams, and I liked him on the the early Kings teams.

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Since a few of mine have already been listed

Carlos Arroyo during his Jazz years

Andres Nocioni

Birdman

Raja Bell

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Travis Best for me.

Travis Best for me.

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Eddie Jones and Mark Price.

Eddie Jones and Mark Price. Two totally different players but I used to love the way they played the game.

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Favourite Non-Superstars

Oh man I've had fun coming up with my list. I pretty much went back to when I was a kid, and guys that I thought were really good (whether they were or not) that weren't major stars. Some of these guys may have been an All-Star a time or two but by no means were they household names. Some of you may not even know some of these guys at all.

Terrell Brandon - I think he was an All-Star a time or two, but I wouldn't say he was really a big star, but this guy was undersized and awesome.
Malik Sealy - Honestly I mostly liked him because I thought his name was cool, I was young so whatever. R.I.P. though.
Dee Brown - No this is not the Illinois guy who played alongside Deron Williams, this was the original Dee Brown. This guy was one of the first succesful combo guards,
Calbert Cheaney - Cal started out strong but faded pretty quickly, I really liked him on my teams in NBA Live, for some reason I always traded for him.
Anthony Peeler - I've always really liked pure shooters, and Peeler was one of my favourite shooters back in the day.
Dale Ellis - Another shooter I loved, he had a really long and good career.
Clarence Weatherspoon - Another guy I mostly liked because of his name, but he was legit. Kind of a Shawn Marion/Charles Barkley type guy.
Todd Day - I mostly liked this guy because of the first ever basketball game I played, I don't remember what it was called but it was before NBA Live and it was on GameGear. He was my leading scorer in that game, I also liked him in real life too. Haha
J.R. Rider - This guy was a scoring beast, I can't believe he wasn't ever an All-Star. He did win the dunk contest one year though if I recall correctly.
Wesley Person - Like Dale Ellis and Anthony Peeler I liked him pretty much for his shooting ability.
Donyell Marshall - He was pretty funny, but he was also one of the first stretch fours before it was a common thing like now days. Clifford Robinson comes to mind too.
Brian Grant - Okay, his hair was boss. But he was also a beast.
Lamond Murray - For a long time he was one of the only bright spots for the Clippers. Remember back when they were like the worst team in NBA existence? Haha. I also liked Eric Piatkowski on the Clippers, he was a great shooter.
Tom Gugliotta - The Googs! This guy was so underrated, he was a beast in the post. He did make an All-Star or two but he wasn't very popular overall.

There are so many more guys I could name but this post is already long enough, I got really nostalgic with this thread and it made my day.

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Oh man I was a huge Terrell

Oh man I was a huge Terrell Brandon fan! Very underrated scorer. What I loved most about his game was that he became an excellent distributor as his career wound down averaging 7.5+ assists per game while keeping his turnovers down (consistently under 3.0 per game). Plus he was under 6ft, so it's more fun to root for the shorter guys!

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NBA Live

A lot of my faves were based on NBA live too. +1 for the Eric Piatkowski mention! Eric Montross was another I liked for some reason that I have no idea why.

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Rick Mahorn and Maurice Lucas

Rick Mahorn and Maurice Lucas were some of my favs.. I loved their toughness and kick a$$ style..I saw Mahorn.. Some buddies and I saw him coming outta a bar in downtown Detroit the day after the Pistons let him go.. We decided to have a lil fun.. We yelled out all kinds of stuff like telling him he was a mediocre player..he couldn't score in double figures if someone spotted him 8 points..and he'll be the 12th man if he played with the lakers or celtics...he gave us the double bird. Pointed at us and Said he would kick all 7 of our a$$es if we got outta the car..

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^^^^ u riding 7 deep in a

^^^^ u riding 7 deep in a car? lmfaooooo!!!!

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We were smart enough to not

We were smart enough to not get outta the car!!

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My faves

Jason Williams when I was a teen.

Shane Battier as I matured (got old). Love Battier's old man-style game

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Ricky Rubio

Rubio is definitely my favorite "non-superstar" player. He is going to play well with the athleticism of Zach Lavine, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl Anthony-Towns. The only thing holding him back from superstar status is multiple injuries and a lack of outside shooting.

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Almost forgot

Special shout out to my early b-ball faves.

Dee Brown and Kerry Kittles!

Can't forget my all time fave superstar either. The Admiral, David Robinson.

Too bad I was a short white kid (6'1") cuz I wanted to be him so bad

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ruland,manute bol & mark eaton

jeff ruland,manute bol & mark eaton are 3 of my favorites..i saw eaton play at ucla and never imagine he would have a nba career, let alone create all types of shotblocking records.......bol just was so enjoyable to watch..even my friends who didnt like b ball would tune in whenever he was on tv....

ruland might be 1 of the most underrated centers of the 80s....injuries cut his career short....

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Slightly too old for these

Slightly too old for these guys. I missed their "primes" but still liked them.

Manute Bol. The Human Flyswatter. All he did was block shots, dunk, and hit 3's. $%#@@!!! What else is there? Possible crime against basketball that this guy wasn't used more.

Kurt Rambis. Missed his prime, but I liked him on his second run with the Lakers.

You can also put me down for John Salley. Rick Mahorn was cool.

John Paxon and BJ Armstrong from the Bulls title teams.

The Hakeem Rockets title teams had some really fun glue guys/role players. Robert Horry, Kenny Smith, Vernon Maxwell, and Sam Cassell.

The Lake Show had some fun role player guys: Vlade was fun. Elden Campbell. Does Nick the Quick qualify? If so, yeah, I liked him. I even liked him at Cincy and Memphis guys HATE Cincy.

Cedric Ceballos, but the role playing Suns Ced from the 1993 Finals team was more of my favorite Ced Version. Richard Dumas had that run.

Mookie Blaylock. Stacey Augmon.

One of the few cool Celtics guys: Dee Brown.

The little guys: Spud Webb. Muggsy Bogues. Can't forget those guys.

Current guys? Birdman. Mitch McGary. Tony Wroten.

The Kings have some guys on my watchlist: Seth Curry and Marshall Henderson.

I also root for former Memphis Tigers throughout the years. Vincent Askew, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts. Of course, Lorenzen Wright. Tyreke Evans isn't a scrub, but no superstar either.

Kings J Will was more of my guy than Grizzlies J Will. James Posey's breakout year for the Grizzlies. Grizzlies version James Johnson. I actually liked Hasheem Thabeet.

Oh, and former Tiger Elliott Perry. Almost forgot him. First STAR Memphis State player I had ever seen LIVE at a game. He had a good run for the Suns.

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The Matix was my favorite. He

The Matix was my favorite. He could do everything on the court from guarding the best player on the opposing team or getting 20ppg 12rebs a game.

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Daniel Gibson, Travis Outlaw,

Daniel Gibson, Travis Outlaw, Anthony Morrow. Gibson had a huge playoff run and was integral to the team the following season until he got hurt, I saw Morrow's producing decently off the clipper bench for about 2 weeks (like 7 ppg) then he exploded for like 35 and had another big game soon after that to start his career and solidify a spot on the roster for the remainder of that season. Outlaw doesn't have a special conotation, was just really good with him in 2k and had him on the bench for every team.

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Boris Diaw!

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