Media always tends to overhype some players and snub others, and that sometimes takes a major toll in uneducated public’s perception of some ballers that just don’t get the recognition they deserve for what they put on the hardwood on a nightly basis.
Being in the NBA grants you a lot of attention, but if you have to share the floor with some of the best athletes in the world or you just play in a small market, you’re probably going to get lost between some of the stars regardless of how good you are.
Even though some of the players we’re about to name still make a lot of dough at the end of the month, it just feels like they could be getting huge sponsorship deals or more credit from the audience.
So, that’s why we’re going to name some of the low profile stars in the league right now, so if you’re a fan of any of this teams, you’re finally getting the love you deserve after watching the same old guys constantly take the hype.
7. Kemba Walker
Truth to be told, nobody’s ever really hyped about watching the modern era Charlotte Hornets, and that makes Kemba go unnoticed more often than not although he’s been quietly improving ever since entering the league out of UConn.
Kemba perhaps is not your average pure point guard with a pass-first mentality, but to be fair with him, he’s never had a true support cast around him that could take his assists totals up a notch. So far, he’s averaging some Kyrie Irvinesque numbers with 23 points and 6.2 dimes per game, but still you never hear people praising him as they should.
6. DeMar DeRozan
You may argue about the fact that DeRozan is already considered to be an NBA star, but paying in a small market like the Toronto Raptors in Canada, it feels like he always gets snubbed from the MVP conversation despite being the ultimate leader of one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
DeRozan can score in bunches and is an underrated defender. His athleticism, speed and ability to read opposing defense make him an elite player despite his lack of stroke from distance, improving on a yearly basis on his way to averages of 25.2 points, almost 5 rebounds and over 4 dimes per game.
5. Bradley Beal
With John Wall in town, there’s just not enough highlights for Bradley Beal or anyone else in the nation’s capital, but that doesn’t take away the fact that Beal is one of the best shooting guards in the Association and one of the main reasons why the Wizards have been so good over the last couple of seasons.
Beal’s presence allows Wall to constantly drive to the lane as he’s a lethal shooter from beyond the arc, and he’s getting more and more aggressive and averaging more free throw attempts per game every season as well. This season, Beal is averaging 24.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in almost 50% from the floor.
4. Marc Gasol
Just like DeRozan’s case, Marc Gasol’s playing for a small market like the Memphis Grizzlies constantly leaves him in the shadows when we talk about elite centers, but truth to be told, he’s just one of the most skilled big men in the league in both ends of the court.
The veteran Spaniard has even developed a sweet touch from beyond the arc, and the Defensive Player of the Year accolade in his house talks by himself as well. Now, that he’s left alone in the paint without Zach Randolph in town, he’s averaging almost 20 points and 9.4 boards with over 3 dimes and almost 2 blocks per game.
3. Goran Dragic
Ever since joining the Miami Heat after being the best player in the Phoenix Suns roster, Goran Dragic flies under the radar at South Beach despite being an extremely solid combo guard and one of the best left-handed ballers in the world, as he recently shown in the past Eurobasket.
The former Most Improved Player of the year often takes the back seat to Hassan Whiteside in the Heat, but his averages of 18.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in 46% from the floor are something worth mentioning for sure.
2. Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague isn’t as good and fast as he was during his Atlanta Hawks tenure and he’d definitely like to forget his Indiana Pacers stint, but it seems like he’s finally back to his old self now with the Minnesota Timberwolves and has found a lot of ways to be extremely productive alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler.
Teague is a hell of a playmaker and a very crafty passer, as well as a reliable shooter despite not taking that many shots. Of course, he’s not going to impress you like Russell Westbrook or Stephen Curry may do, but his averages of almost 8 dimes per game make him a very good team player that just doesn’t get enough love.
1. Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier has quietly blossomed as one of the best role players in the league on a team that has really struggled to get things going after a terrific start of the season, being one of their lone bright spots and tradeable assets as a very prolific and versatile scorer from inside and outside.
Fournier has shown vast improvement in any relevant aspect of the game this year, posting career highs in points, boards, assists, steals, and field goal percentage (19.2, 3.6, 3.3, 1.2 and 49% respectively) and if he wasn’t playing for the Orlando Magic and alongside Aaron Gordon, he maybe a lock to win the Most Improved Player of the year this season, or at least be one of the frontrunners in the conversation.