The Best Players You Don't Know

James Schmidt@@james_schmidt1Correspondent IAugust 29, 2010

The Best Players You Don't Know

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    Here are some players that do a lot for their teams, but don't get recognized for what they do. Every team has a guy who does something very important, yet nobody has ever heard of. Here are the top ten guys best players you've never heard of. 

10. Anthony Randolph

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    Another guy sent over in the David Lee trade, so he is a Knick don't let the warrior jacket confuse you.

    At 6-11 225 lb's he's a very gifted offensive player, can shoot and post up, good ball handler and rebounder and plays with confidence.

    He was injured most of last year also, but when he's healthy he scores 10 points, get's 6 boards and 1 assist in only 20 minutes per game while shooting 45% from the field.

9. James Posey

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    Posey comes in at 6-8 217 pounds, he doesn't put up many numbers but he does everything else. He can play the 2 or the 3, he's bulky with long arms and quick hands, a very good defender and he is a team player.

    Through his career he has averaged 9 points, 2 assists and 5 boards per game while shooting 41% from the field. Though Posey isn't the best offensive player he is an outstanding defender.

8. Kelenna Azubuike

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    Was part of the David Lee trade and is now on the Knicks, so don't let the picture confuse you.

    Standing 6-5 220 pounds Kelenna is a good athelte, he has long arms, a nice jump shot and excells in the open court.

    He was injured for most of last year but when he is healthy he averages around 11 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. He shoots 46% from the field, 40% from three and 77% from the line.

7. Ersan Ilyasova

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    At 6-10 235 pounds, the Milwauke Bucks power forward is a great shooter for a big man, has decent handles and is long and athletic.

    Last year Ersan averaged 10.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1 assist. He shot .443 from the field, .336 from deep and .715 from the charity stripe.

6. Ryan Gomes

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    The now LA Clipper small forward stands at 6-7 245 pounds, he is very polished, has a nice inside-outside game and is a very good role player.

    Last year with the Timberwolves he averaged, 11 points, got 4.5 boards and 1.5 assists while shooting .447 from the field, .372 from deep and .825 from the free throw line.

5. Beno Udrih

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    Beno was the backup for Tyreke Evans at point guard last year. He is 6-3, 205 pounds and born in Slovenia. He is very fundamentals sound, good passing skills, plays under control is a mediocre defender and three-point shooter.

    He averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 assits, 2.8 rebounds. He shot .493 from the field, .377 from beyond the arc and .837 from the free throw line.

4. Kirk Hinrich

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    The now Washington Wizard stands at 6-3 190 pounds. He is a good shooter, has good court vision, an outstanding defender and puts a lot of effort into every game he plays.

    He averaged 11 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.2 steals while shooting .409 from the field and .371 from three with the Bulls last season.

3. Carl Landry

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    Carl is on the Kings so once again don't let the picture confuse you.

    Carl stands 6-9 248 pounds, he is a competitor, he is able to score inside even though he is smaller than most power forwards and he has a nice midrange shot.

    With the Kings last year Carl averaged 18 points, 6.5 boards, 1 assist and 1 steal per game while shooting 52% from the field. 

2. Paul Millsap

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    Paul stands 6-8 250 lb's, he is an excellent rebounder, strong and has long arms.

    Last year he averaged 11.6 points and 6.8 boards with a block while shooting 53% as the backup for Carlos Boozer.

1. Troy Murphy

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    The now New Jersey Net comes in at 6-11 245 pounds. He is a very good rebounder, an above average offensive player and a very good jump shot. 

    Last season with the Indiana Pacers he averaged 14.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1 steal per game while shooting .472 from the field, .384 from three and .798 from the charity stripe.


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    I'm sure there are some people i missed, so comment and tell me who you think should also be on this list and argue who shouldn't be.

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