All Under the Radar Team
There are some guys in the league that just can't get any love from those in the media. Those in the know recognize them and their consistent level of play though.
Sometimes its because they play in a smaller market, other times its because they are on a crappy team. Whatever the reason, these guys don't make a blip on the national radar but I guarantee their teammates know and appreciate what they bring to their team.
PG - Jarrett Jack
Jack has taken over the starting job in Toronto from Jose Calderon who many thought was their PG of the future. In 34 starts this season, Jack is averaging 12.5 points and 5.7 assists while shooting over 52% from the field. His play is one of the major reasons that the Raps have turned it around recently, at one point winning 9 straight.
SG - Wilson Chandler
Chandler has been quite a pleasant surprise this season averaging 15.4 points 5.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He does all of that while usually matching up on the opponent's best perimeter player on the defensive end.
Standing a legit 6-8 Chandler can play both the SG and SF positions and can do some spot duty at PF.
You always hear about David Lee and the former Knick Nate Robinson but Chandler is a guy that the Knicks count on night in, night out.
SF - Jeff Green
Jeff Green is one of my favorite type of players. A guy who does a little bit of everything whenever its required. Need 20+ points? No problem. Need 10 rebounds? Can do. Need to run the offense through him for a while? Done. Got a guy lighting up your team on the other end? Green to the rescue with some tough defense.
Averaging 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds along with a little over a steal a game, Green is the forgotten man outside of OKC. People talk about Kevin Durant like he's doing it with smoke and mirrors over in OKC. That's not the case at all. Guys like Green and Russell Westbrook more than pull their own weight.
PF - Drew Gooden
Gooden is like that woman who has plenty of guys interested in her and dates often but just can't seem to find someone that's willing to commit to her. You always wonder, is it her or is it the guys that she's dating?
Drew has played on eight teams in eight seasons despite averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds over his career.
I don't get it but I do know one thing. If you give him 30 minutes, he will give you a double-double. Its pretty much a guarantee. In 12 starts this season, Gooden is averaging 12 points and 11.5 rebounds. No matter where he goes he does the same thing. If he starts, he produces.
Now if he can just get someone to jump the broom with him.
C - Andrew Bogut
Very quietly Bogut has become one of the most consistent and best centers in the game. Playing for a crappy (but improving) team, that happens to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he's been hit with the double whammy of obscurity but he is finally starting to live up to his selection #1 overall draft pick in 2005.
Bogut is putting up career high numbers pretty much across the board averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. If he performs similarly and Milwaukee is even remotely relevant early next year the big Australian might see his first all-star selection.