I rank the Top 10 Most Underrated NBA Players of Today. I know some will be surprised by the list, especially at number 1, but this is my list. Comment your own lists and enjoy.
Barely Missed It:
Rajon Rondo is finally gettings the recognition he deserves this year. I see many more all-star games for him. Jose Calderon is a solid point-guard for any team. Mike Dunleavy reached his peak but unfortunately was targeted by injuries. Jamal Crawford is in a race against Lamar Odom for 6th Man of the Year. Leandro Barbosa, the former 6th Man of the Year has been disappointing after his 4 APG and 18 PPG performance back in '06. Richard Jefferson, a key to the Nets making the finals a few times, still does not get the credit he deserves. Kevin Martin is an elite scorer who can do anything offensively, still underrated and underappreciated by Sac-Town. I'm glad Houston appreciates him. Another Rocket, Aaron Brooks, has been having a fantastic year.
Chauncey Billups is a former NBA Finals MVP in 2004, and one of the most clutch players of the NBA. Chauncey is known for his superior crunch-time big shots. Billups and the Detroit Pistons had no marquee star. All secondary scorers really. The perfect blend of defense and offense gave other teams a major problem. For a point guard, he plays in the post well, and is one of the best defenders of his size. Billups is enjoying his best scoring season in his career, at the age of 34. Currently he is averaging 19.7 PPG and 3.3 APG.
Ray Allen is one of the most underrated stars ever. His quiet and calm demeanor hides his ability to light up the scoreboard. Ray is the greatest 3-Point shooting marksman not named Reggie Miller. He is second to Reggie in 3-Pointers made in a career. At best, he averaged 26 PPG, 4 RPG, and 4 APG. The multiple time All-Star at peak age was one of the league's elites and was a franchise player. Why he's underrated? He's been an all-star? Yes. Allen's name is just unappreciated. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce take up major star-power of Boston. Many people who don't watch basketball know Kobe, LeBron, T-Mac, Vince, Shaq, and all those. Ray should be in this list, he is argueably the best 3-Point marksman in history along with Reggie, and one of the best scorers.
Carlos Boozer AKA "Baby Karl Malone" has been a force of the Utah Jazz. Although he has been ravaged by injuries for the a few seasons, he remains as one of the most prolific power-forwards of the league. In his one season with 81 games, he scored 21 PPG, grabbed 10 RPG, and dished out 3 APG. His offensive artillery compliments his ability to finish with ambidextrous ability, meaning he can finish with either hands. He is one of the best post-players of the game, using his strength and quickness to bang through his opponents. Its hard to relish that he is only a two-time all-star.
David Lee has been having an All-Star year this year, and deserves to be VOTED an All-Star. It 1st shocked me when I didn't see him on the roster, but being picked just to take up an injured star was OK. This year he's averaged 20 PPG and 12 RPG. David Lee is probably the only reason for LeBron, Wade, Bosh, or any superstars to come to New York, other than the bright lights, heavy money, and world-wide fame. Lee is still young and showing major improvement over the years. To all mad commentators, I'm sorry for forgetting David Lee.
The explosive 6'3 Guard of the Golden State Warriors, Monta Ellis. Monta has won Most Improved Player in 06. Monta Ellis' skill is still ignored by the NBA, choosing an aging Jason Kidd over him to play in the All-Star game. Monta is scoring 26 PPG, giving 5 APG, and getting 4 boards per game. This amazing player filled with offensive firepower leads a non-playoff team and puts them in one of the best scoring teams in the league. Monta uses his speed, quickness, and dexterity to get to the rim like no other. When Monta finds his true 3-Point shooting, he will be superior and one of the elites of this league.
The 6'7 SG/SF of the Atlanta Hawks, Joe Johnson. He's bounced around in Boston and Phoenix before landing in Atlanta. He was injured in his peak, but came back the same. Johnson currently has 21 PPG, 5RPG, and 5APG. Considered on of the elites of the league already, because of his offensive skill-set. He is big and strong enough for the SF position, and quick enough for the SG position. He can finish at the rim, and shoot the 3 extremely well.
The San Antonio Spurs' elite shooting guard, hailing from Argentina, is Manu Ginobili. This clutch star is a key reason for the many Spurs championships. Known to step up during crunch time, Ginobili has given us some 4th Quarters. He gets to the rim and shoots the 3 like no other. His footwork is one of the best in the league. At best he has recorded 20 PPG, 5 RPG and APG. Although he is having some injuries, the Spurs still need his scoring ability. The fact that he is only a one time all-star is bogus.
Hedo Turkoglu, the rarest and most imporant piece of the 2009 Orlando Magics not named Dwight Howard. He dished out 5 APG, scored 20 PPG and grabbed 6 RPG. At 6'10, this versatile big man can shoot the 3 well. Hedo is also one of the most clutch players of the league, being a key-player of the 2009 Finals. When Orlando let Hedo Turkoglu go, they acquired an aging and declining Vince Carter. This would be an upgrade, if it was done years ago.
Lamar Odom has it all. He has height (6'10), strength, 3-Point Shooting, handles, quickness, married to a Kardashian, a Laker, and a champion. Despite his great talent, he is very inconsistent. He is just as solid as it gets. His 3rd best scoring year was his rookie year. His career averages are 15 PPG, 4 APG, 9 RPG, and 1 BPG. Lamar balances this Lakers team, as he makes Pau and Andrew play much better. Lamar is one of the most versatile player in history, able to play all positions well. Believe it or not, Lamar has never been an all-star.
The former number 1 pick, Kwame Brown has lived up to expectations. During his peak years in 2006, he scored 28.5 PPG, 4.3 APG, and 11 RPG, almost Shaq-like numbers. He is known for his superior dunking ability, and blinding speed. No I'm joking, I just can't believe how Kwame is drafted #1 Overall. He was picked over superstars like Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Shane Battier, Troy Murphy, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker, and Mehmet Okur. Underrated? Haha. Guys, for those who are getting mad, this is a JOKE.
Now back to all seriousness, the mos underrated player is: The 1st ever Bobcats all-star, Gerald "Crash" Wallace. His daredevil like mentality earns him that nickname. He will give his all to get to the basket or block a shot. His athleticism, strength, and defensive skills makes him a huge threat to opponents. He is known for giving LeBron major problems when they play each other. This bench-warmer role-player of the Kings turns into the leading star of a playoff team called the Charlotte Bobcats. How come he has never made an All NBA Defensive team? At only 6'7, his career bests are: 11 Rebounds per game, 20 points a game, 3 dishes per game, and not too long ago, he recorded 2 Blocks per game. This is not Dennis Rodman, this is a Dennis Rodman with Jordan-like athleticism, and Pippen-like scoring.