NBA Playoffs: Most Underrated Ballers
Throughout the first round of the playoffs, I have noticed a wide variety of players that have really stepped it up for their team.
These players are the type that slip under the cracks and do not get the publicity around the league that they truly deserve.
This slide show lists the most underrated players in the NBA playoffs as of right now.
No. 5 Ben Gordon
Gordon has really stepped it up this season averaging a team high 20.7 PPG, 3.4 APG, 3.5 RPG, 45 percent from the field, and 86.4 percent from the line.
He has become an even more effective shooter for the Bulls and is making a splash thus far in the playoffs.
Gordon dropped a playoffs high of 42 points in the Bulls' first win and 22 in their second win.
He is definitely one of the best underrated players in the league with his beautiful shooting stroke and ability to hit big shots.
No. 4 Lamar Odom
The smooth lefty, Lamar Odom, is a player that every team would love to have.
He can shoot, grab boards, block shots, steal the rock, and pass the ball.
Oh yea, and he can shoot the trey ball.
Odom was a huge part of the Lakers' overall play during the season when center Andrew Bynum was sidelined with an injury.
He righteously deserves to be on this list as he can also come off the bench and make huge contributions to the Lakers' game play.
If the Lakers matchup against the Cavaliers in the playoffs, Odom will be the X factor and the main reason the Lakers win the championship.
No. 3 Ron Artest
One of the most underrated players in the NBA today, Artest is a superb defender and an excellent player on the offensive end.
He is a big part of any team he is on, but for some reason his name never is heard around the top players in the NBA.
Artest has an extremely powerful physique, standing 6'7" and weighing around 260 lbs.
He has the ability to bully defenders and hit the shot when he is needed to.
No. 2 Andre Iguodala
Mr. Underrated himself, Andre Iguodala is one of the top two most underrated players in the NBA today.
He is the heart and soul of the Philadelphia 76ers team and is proving it.
Iguodala hit a buzzer beater win during the first game of the playoffs, and is averaging 23 PPG during the first round.
Iguodala is simply one of those players that just does not get any publicity throughout the NBA league.
No. 1 Rajon Rondo
Some of you might be saying...Rajon Rondo should not be on this list, but I beg to differ.
During the four games of the first round of the playoffs, Rondo is averaging an absurd 23.2 PPG, 11.2 APG, and 10.7 RPG including five steals in two of the games.
He has really stepped it up with KG on the sidelines and ultimately deserves to be the most underrated player in the playoffs today.