The NBA's Most Underrated Player at Each Position
Everybody knows that LeBron is the best SF in the NBA and that Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA.
But this article is meant to tell you about the players in the NBA that you will one day see playing in an All-Star Game that are very underrated as of now.
For example, before last year, Devin Harris was a very underrated PG. But after he made the All-Star Game last year, he is now ranked as one of the best PGs in the league.
Here are the NBA's most underrated players at each position and players that are not currently All-Star, but will be someday.
PG—Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors
Calderon signed with the Raptors in the summer of 2005 after playing seven years in a European League.
In Calderon's first two years in the NBA, he came mostly off the bench averaging 5.5 points per game and 4.5 assists per game his first year, and 8.7 points per game and five assists per game his second year.
In the 2007-2008 season, Calderon averaged 8.3 assists per game and 11.2 points per game. Last year, Calderon had the best year of his NBA career so far, averaging 12.8 points per game and almost nine assists per game.
Don't be surprised if Calderon is near the top in assists this year.
SG—Kevin Martin Sacramento Kings
Martin was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. In Martin's rookie year, he hardly played.
In his sophomore year in the NBA, Martin started in 41 games averaging 10.8 points per game.
The past three years of Martin's NBA career he has averaged over 20 points per game, including a career high of 24.6 last season.
One problem with Martin is that he is frequently hurt— he only played in 51 games last year.
SF—Rudy Gay Memphis Grizzlies
Gay was selected with the 8th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.
After the draft, Gay was traded to the Grizzlies with Stromile Swift for Shane Battier.
In Gay's rookie year he averaged 10.8 points per game and 4.5 rebound per game. In Gay's second year in the NBA he had the best year of his career averaging 20.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Last year, Gay averaged 18.9 points per game and 5.5 rebound per game.
PF—Paul Millsap Utah Jazz
Millsap was selected with the 47th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Millsap was named to the NBA's All- Rookie Second Team.
In his first two years in the NBA ,Millsap played in every game but only started in three total. His averages his rookie year were 6.8 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game. In his second year, he averaged 8.1 points per game and 5.6 rebound per game.
Last year when the Jazz starting PF Carlos Boozer got injured, Millsap played a big role averaging 13.5 points per game and 8.6 rebound per game.
Millsap is even expected to be starter over Boozer this year.
C—Brook Lopez New Jersey Nets
Lopez was selected with the 10th overall pick in last years' NBA Draft. Lopez was named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team last year.
Lopez became a star of the Nets along with now gone Vince Carter and Devin Harris.
If the Nets have any chance at the playoffs this year, Lopez will be a big role. Lopez's averages last year were 13 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocks per game.