While none of these players were on the NBA All-Star ballots last season, they all are capable of putting up All-Star numbers on any given night. But even so, they are often overlooked, underappreciated and deserve to be recognized for their incredible skills on the hardwood. So keep your eyes peeled for these players, because you never know, they may just be scorching your favorite team.
As one of the new additions of the Charlotte Bobcats , Corey Maggette was a quiet pickup. With the drafting of the former UCONN Husky Kemba Walker headlining the additions of the Bobcats this offseason, Maggette fell to the wayside.
But, Maggette may be the best player for Charlotte this year. With his ability to attack the rim, draw fouls and grab rebounds, Maggette adds a new element of toughness to a struggling Bobcats team.
Not only can he draw fouls and rebound, Maggette can knock down the three and has the ability to fill up the stat sheet every time he steps on the court. With his 20 points, seven rebounds and three three-pointers on December 30th against a tough Orlando Magic team, along with a 21-point eight-rebound effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 3rd, Maggette proves he's not just a washed-up veteran performing a small stint in Charlotte.
He can still be a vital asset to a Charlotte Bobcats team searching for wins. With the starting small forward spot in his control, Maggette has the potential to fill up the stat sheet on any given night and with a little more consistency, could become a prime-time player in Charlotte.
Maybe it's the fact that Luis Scola plays on the Yao-less, unpopular, often losing Houston Rockets that keeps him from being a top tier, popular player, because it definitely is not his game. With his 18.5 points per game in the 2010-2011 NBA season, it is a big surprise you don't hear his name more often.
Critics may knock him for his rather low rebound totals last season (six per game), he makes up for it with his incredible scoring and amazing shooting efficiency (56.7 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line).
In his first two games this season Scola looks to be off to a similar start. He posted 19 points and seven rebounds against the Orlando Magic and 18 points and five rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs. He has continued his hot start and is averaging about 16 points and five rebounds per game on the year.
At 6'9" Scola is not the biggest power forward by any means, but he has an incredible post game and the ability to hit the mid-range jumper with consistency. Look for him to continue to perform this season and hopefully he will receive a little more recognition.
With his new home in New Orleans, Carl Landry looks to be off to a great start to this season. As a 6'9" power forward picked in the second round out of Purdue, Landry has always had to play like he had something to prove. He's been doing a pretty good job at it too. With five games under his belt this season he has averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game.
He's been consistent from the line (over 80 percent on the season) and has played a major role in the Hornets' wins against the Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics this season. In his game against the Boston Celtics, Landry looked like a man among boys, snatching 11 rebounds and dropping 20 points against one of the best defensive teams in the league.
Unfortunately it wasn't a nationally televised game and the country missed the opportunity to see what Landry is really capable of. If he continues to perform like he has so far this season and Eric Gordan can stay healthy, don't be surprised to see the Hornets rise in popularity and their record to reflect the performance of their new power forward.