NBA Superstars Hiding in Small Markets

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NBA Superstars Hiding in Small Markets
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Kevin Love doesn't get the recognition that he should, but the Timberwolves big man is a genuine superstar.

There are inherent benefits that go with being a superstar in a big market.

Bigger markets mean more coverage, and in a league as narrative driven as the NBA, that's important. Take, for example, Derrick Rose's MVP victory in the 2010-11 season. Do you think he wins that trophy if he plays in Milwaukee or Memphis rather than Chicago? Probably not.

Fortunately, at least some semblance of market parity still exists, and there are a few superstars playing in smaller markets. But, unfortunately, these superstars sometimes get swept under the rug and don't quite get the recognition that their play merits.

So even if it's only for a few minutes, let's give these guys the attention they deserve.

(Note: Some obvious small-market superstars—guys like Kevin Durant—get just as much recognition as the bigger market stars and thus can't be considered hidden.)

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