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Monday, April 25, 2011

The NBA's Most Underrated Players

In an attempt to give some guys that fly under the radar a little more credit where credit is due, here are my 2010/2011 most underrated NBA Players

Wilson Chandler, SF Denver Nuggets

The biggest loss for the Knicks in the Carmelo Deal, Wilson Chandler is a great scorer averaging 15.4 points per game this year. The guy can flat out shoot behind the arc and has explosiveness he needs to begin to implement. Now that he is with great coach George Karl, Chandler can add some discipline and structure to his game and become an all-star caliber player.

DeMar DeRozan, SG Toronto Raptors

People have probably heard his name from prior NBA dunk contests but have failed to realize that this kid is a nasty basketball player. In his second year out of USC he averaged 17.2 points per game 4 rebounds per game and 2 assists. A pretty solid sophomore year. Unfortunately he plays for Toronto, an organization that just can't seem to get it together, or hold on to potential stars. If he can land on a team with a solid supporting cast count on him doing big things.

Monta Ellis, PG/SG Golden State Warriors

I'm putting Monta up here strictly because of his 2010/2011 All-Star game snub. He's always one of the league leaders in Points per game and is an underrated leader for the Warriors squad. Unfortunately the team's record has tarnished Monta's accomplishment as a real superstar in this league.

Kris Humphries, PF New Jersey Nets

After a relatively lackluster 6 year NBA career Humphries really had a coming out party this year averaging a double-double with 10 points and to rebounds a game. Humphries is a guy that's always going to go full-tilt and a is a solid defender against both post positions. I look to see his offensive numbers go up next year playing with the Nets' new great NBA assist man Deron Williams.

LaMarcus Aldridge, C/PF Portland Trailblazers
Another player who was snubbed of an All-Star game bid, LaMarcus Aldridge has put up All-Star worthy numbers for the past couple of years. I see Aldridge as a guy who is going to be coveted in the league for years to come. He's silky smooth around the basket and isn't the kind of player who seems fazed by not getting All-Star accolades, he just wants to win basketball games.

Honorable Mentions:

Nené, PF/C Denver Nuggets
Jordan Crawford, PG Washington Wizards
Shannon Brown, PG/SG Los Angeles Lakers
Al Jefferson, C Utah Jazz
John Salmons, SG/SF Milwaukee Bucks

Court is Adjourned.

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