While we focus on the LeBrons and Durants of the NBA, we fail to notice other guys who are difference-makers on their own teams. Some have the potential to lead their teams through serious playoff runs, while others are the base of their organization.
LaMarcus Aldridge has completely taken over the Trail Blazers organization. He has averaged over 21 points a game in his last three seasons and completely modified his game in order to dominate other aspects of the game. The young 27-year-old is now the veteran that his team turns to in times of need.
The Greivis Vasquez trade to New Orleans was exactly what this guard needed to prove his worth in the league. In his first full season with the Hornets, Greivis’ numbers have nearly doubled, making him the favorite for Comeback Player of the Year.
Ty Lawson is in his fourth NBA season and averaging close to 17 points a game while being the impetus behind this dynamic Nuggets offense. As Lawson’s game has improved, the Nuggets have become unstoppable
Another point guard who is overlooked is Brandon Jennings of the Bucks. Since the All-Star break, he has been averaging a double-double and proven that while he may not be the same caliber of Chris Paul or Tony Parker, he is definitely on his way.
Luol Deng is averaging nearly 16 points a game and just came off what may have been his best performance of the year against the hottest team in the league. With the recent injuries on his team, Deng has certainly proved his worth, and maybe will start to receive the recognition that a star of his caliber deserves.
Is there anyone else who you think is heavily overlooked?
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