If I were a basketball coach, I'd feel relieved and probably wouldn't care the slightest if my team made this list.
Do you think Gregg Popovich cares what Skip Bayless or any national pundit has to say about his team?
Great teams don't care about what hits the tabloids or what's trending on Twitter. They go out and they win games, repeatedly, until there isn't any left to win.
With that being said, there's a morsel of human ego that lends itself to every player and every team. I'm sure a little part of the San Francisco Giants wasn't happy when ESPN talked about the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox all offseason.
All of these basketball teams share one quality: winning. They're all in the playoffs and all legit contenders to make it to their respective conference finals.
So why haven't they received the name recognition that others have absorbed so heavily in an enthralling NBA regular season? It's simple: They weren't necessarily exciting in their play, lacked a proven "superstar" or didn't play a brand of basketball that was termed "watchable."
Everybody loves a good Dwayne Wade-to-LeBron James dunk-fest, but that isn't plausible with all teams, and these lack the pizzazz and the exposure.
So yes, the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are very good teams this year, but we've heard way too much about DeAndre Jordan's dunk and J.R. Smith's Sixth Man of the Year candidacy to include them on this list.
These are the five most underappreciated and underrated teams in the NBA.