NBA Free Agents 2011: Greg Oden & 10 Defensive Stalwarts Available This Summer

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NBA Free Agents 2011: Greg Oden & 10 Defensive Stalwarts Available This Summer
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So far there have been some obvious standouts for Detroit in their quest for the Cup—and current quest to dig themselves out of a 3-0 series hole. 

Pavel Datsyuk has been nothing but pure hustle n' flow for the Red Wings.  Every time he is on the ice it seems that he is dictating the play and creating time and space for his teammates. 

Jimmy Howard has been (I'm running out of adjectives to be honest...  let's try..) transcendent in his play and is arguably the only reason the Wings are still standing in their current series. 

He hasn't stolen any games, but he is making big stops when he needs to.  Anytime your goaltender is making 30 or 35 stops a game he is doing his job.

Lidstrom has proven that he still has plenty left in the tank with his outstanding play. 

But who are the other guys?  The guys playing in the large shadows that the Nos. 13, 40, and 5 cast?  Lets take a minute to appreciate the five guys that are currently playing their butts off and not getting quite enough attention for it. 

Here is Detroit's five biggest unsung heroes thus far.  In no particular order...

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