The dog days of August are nearly upon us, folks. Even MLB, which rules the summer, tends to slow down, with its trade deadline gone and the pennant races still waiting to heat up in September.
What hope is there, then, for the NBA and the legions of hoops heads who hang on its every twist and turn?
Unfortunately, not much—unless the stalemated forays into the restricted free agency of Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe are of any interest. All of the coaching vacancies have been filled, and the vast majority of notable free agents have found homes, be they new or familiar.
That means those of us who don't want to wait until training camps open in October to talk about what lies ahead in 2014-15 can already start doing so. The league's 30 rosters aren't completely set, though most of the spots are now occupied in some capacity.
With that information in hand and so much time to spare until the fall, why not delve into a bit of way-too-early prognostication?
A look at the most underrated player on each squad seems like a good place to start. None of these guys would qualify as the best on his team, but the impact he could have, given the proper opportunity, would far outstrip what regard he's given in the basketball world at large.