Building the All-Under-Appreciated NBA Team Entering 2013-14 Season

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Building the All-Under-Appreciated NBA Team Entering 2013-14 Season
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Jimmy Butler and Mike Conley lead the all-under-appreciated team heading into the 2013-14 season.

In the NBA, superstars tend to receive an overwhelming proportion of attention from fans and the media alike.

Logically, it makes sense. Guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul are SportsCenter Top 10 stalwarts, capable of delivering can-you-believe-it plays on a possession-by-possession basis.

But having a superstar (or three) isn't enough to push a team over the championship-winning hump. Teams need their share of under-appreciated "glue" guys to fortify the roster, too.

Here, I've built a 12-man "all-under-appreciated" roster of players who don't get as much love as they should. All but one of these players finished outside the top 50 of ESPN's 2013 #NBARank, but many could make a charge at the top 50 by next season.

Note: To be featured here, a player must have at least two NBA seasons under his belt. Unless otherwise noted, all statistics come from Basketball-Reference, NBA.com, or Synergy Sports.

 

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