10 Most Underrated NBA Players of All Time

Mike B.Correspondent IMarch 15, 2009

Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Wilt Chamberlain get all the props, but here is a list of NBA players that never get the respect that they deserve.

10. Chris Mullin

Mullin, the current general manager of the Golden State Warriors, had a productive playing career with the Warriors and Indiana Pacers.  "Mully" won Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1992 and was a five-time All-Star. 

In addition, he averaged at least 25 points per game for five consecutive seasons.  He's been retired since 2001 and is still waiting to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

9. Mark Price

Price is the NBA's all-time leader in free-throw percentage and has dished out more assists that any other Cleveland Cav. 

He was a four-time All-Star and was deadly from behind the three-point arc.  And if you asked a new NBA fan who Price was, they would probably say, "Mark who"?

8. Kevin Johnson

K.J. won the 1989 Most Improved Player Award and was named to an All NBA Team five times during his career.  Johnson won a FIBA World Championship with Dream Team II and was a three-time All-Star. 

Usually, when the greatest point guard conversation is brought up, Johnson's name is nowhere to be found.

7.Adrian Dantley

Dantley was a scoring machine.  He led the league in scoring twice and averaged over 30 or more points per game for four consecutive seasons.

Dantley finished his career with a scoring average of 24.3 points per game. Amazingly, it took 16 years for him to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

6. Mitch Richmond

The "Rock" was a six-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team three times.  Jordan considered Richmond to be the best player that ever guarded him. 

Richmond was extremely underrated because he played several years with losing Sacramento Kings teams.

5. Alex English

An eight-time All-Star with the Nuggets, English is 12th in league history in scoring.  He was the first player to score 2,000 points in eight consecutive seasons.  English wasn't a very flashy player like many other NBA stars.

4. Joe Dumars

Teamed with point guard Isiah Thomas in a star studded backcourt, Dumars helped the Detroit Pistons win back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990. 

He was a four-time member of the All-Defensive First Team and won the 1989 Finals MVP.  But Dumars was greatly overshadowed by the more popular Isiah Thomas.

3. Dennis Rodman

The "Worm" won five championships:two with the Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls.  Rodman was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year twice and was named to the All NBA Defensive First Team seven times.

With an astonishing career average of 13.1 rebounds per game, Rodman was highly unappreciated as he was selected to only two All-Star games.

2. Scottie Pippen

Pippen helped lead the Chicago Bulls to six championships in the 1990's and was selected to the All-NBA Defensive First Team eight times.  He was named one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players and won Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996. 

Many criticize Pippen because he failed to win any titles without Jordan, but how many titles did Jordan win without Pippen? Zero.

1. Dominique Wilkins

Nicknamed the Human Highlight Film, Wilkins, is not only the most underrated NBA player but possibly the most under appreciated player in any sport.  For some reason, he was left off of the original Dream Team and was not on the 50 Greatest Players list.

'Nique averaged at least 25 points per game ten consecutive seasons and averaged over 30 twice.  Never winning a championship must have not made him as popular as he should be.

Well, that's my list; feel free to comment.


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