The NBA is so full of talent right now that some players often get criminally underrated when it comes to all-star and all-NBA teams, or just what they do for their teams. Lets check out the most underrated players in the league today.
10. Tobias Harris
Harris was one of the bright spots in what was, otherwise, a disappointing season for the Detroit Pistons. He continued his development and put together his best season yet.
He averaged 16 points and 5 rebounds a night while shooting efficiently and playing well on the defensive end.
It does seem that he has another level to reach and if he can continue to develop next year, he may finally start getting the recognition that he deserves, especially if Detroit starts winning again.
9. Ricky Rubio
Rubio finally started to showcase the type of player he is capable of being in the second half of last season.
After the all-star break, he put up numbers of 16 points and 10.5 assists while being a pest on the defensive end.
If he can keep that up playing for the Jazz next season, he will become one of the better point guards in the league and will be overlooked no more.
8. Gary Harris
Gary Harris is probably the most unheard of player on this list. Playing for a struggling Denver team has not helped this.
However, that might be about to change.
With Denver on the rise, Harris might finally be recognized for the player he is developing into. And that is one of the better 3 and D players around.
He is an awesome perimeter defender and his offensive game continues to expand. A terrific marksman from beyond the arc, he connected on 42% of his triples last season. He is also an excellent off ball player, great at cutting to the basket and he plays of Jokic very well.
He averaged 15 points per game for the year, but upped that to 17 points after the all-star break, on 53% shooting from the floor!
If he continues on his current trajectory, he will be an integral piece of the Nuggets’ future.
7. Otto Porter Jr.
Another emerging 3 and D player. Porter is slowly erasing his image as the all time king of Shaqtin a Fool.
Since then, he has developed into a solid contributor on both ends of the floor and has also blossomed into one of the best shooters in the league, connecting on 43% of his triple tries a year ago.
The former number 3 overall pick is not done yet either. He still has a bit to go before he reaches his ceiling.
6. Jae Crowder
Crowder is one of the better defenders in the league with his insane strength. Last year, he also bumped up his three-point shooting, up to 40%.
He has the capability, he just has to become a little bit more confident and aggressive on the offensive end.
If he does that, not only will he gain more league-wide recognition, but he will become on of the better two-way players in the NBA.
5. Goran Dragic
Dragic had a down year in 2015-16, playing alongside Dwyane Wade in Miami. People just thought he was past his prime. But once Wade departed for Chicago, “The Dragon” was unleashed once again.
Reverting back to his all-NBA form of 2013-14, he put up 20 points and 6 assists, while almost leading the Heat into the playoffs, in what was an unexpectedly successful season.
He could have been an all-star, but unfortunately he is playing in the era of point guards.
4. Eric Bledsoe
Another under-appreciated point guard, Eric Bledsoe had his best season ever last year. Coming off knee surgery, he didn’t appear to lose any of the explosion that made him one of the most athletic point guards ever.
He put up 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists per game for the Suns.
If they can start winning in Phoenix, Bledsoe should start getting acknowledged as one of the better guards in the league.
3. Paul Millsap
This guy just keeps exceeding expectations year after year.
The Hawks – especially after the Kyle Korver trade – appeared to be in rebuilding mode. Millsap wasn’t having any of that. He had the best scoring season of his career (18.1 ppg) and lead the Hawks to the playoffs.
Atlanta proceeded to take the Wizards to six games. In the series, Millsap averaged 24.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 4.3 apg.
Being a free agent this summer, he should fetch an offer that reflects his play as one of the best two-way players in the league.
2. Damian Lillard
How has this guy been snubbed from the all-star team for the second consecutive year. He becomes the first player to not make the all-star game two years in a row while averaging at least 25 points per game, according to sb nation.
He didn’t let that affect his play. In fact, it fueled him to average 29.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals with shooting splits of .467/.413/.884 after the all-star break, according to basketball reference.
When he is on, he is as unstoppable as any player in the world on the offensive end.
Hopefully he can start to get the credit that he deserves.
1. Mike Conley
Conley has blossomed into one of the best floor generals in the league and is, no doubt, one of the best players to never make an all-star team.
Hopefully that changes in the near future.
He is not flashy or explosive, like lots of the other guards in the league. However, he is extremely consistent and doesn’t have any real weaknesses.
Conley does not let the spotlight – or lack there of – affect his play in the slightest. He handles himself with such class. In 762 career games (including the playoffs) he has never been given a technical foul!
Just let that sink in for a minute.
This guy deserves to be on an all-star team, as much as anyone.
All stats are from espn.com.