All that needed to be said about the New York Knicks' selection of Georgia Tech point guard Iman Shumpert was on the face of lifelong Knicks fanatic Spike Lee. To say that he was disappointed is an understatement. But the reality is that Shumpert is an underrated draft pick.
He's not the only one, either.
There are several players from the 2011 NBA draft whom I believe are underrated according to the general populous' reaction to them, i.e., ESPN's reaction to them or lack thereof.
Ten such players to be exact.
It used to be that any player that prides himself on defense would be underrated, but thankfully, the NBA has moved past that mentality, signified by the seventh overall selection of Bismack Biyombo, a pure defensive player.
An interesting dichotomy exists with our perception of underrated players. They are deemed so usually because we either get used to talking about them all the time or hardly at all.
Let's give these guys their due.