It’s never easy to get the right to play in the National Basketball Association, and even if you manage to become a part of the privileged handful of athletes that get the chance, keeping your ground and becoming a consistent player is even harder.
Playing time is hard to get right now in the league considering how many talented players every team has, and sometimes big names wind up shadowing players that are way more effective and productive than some of their teammates.
Today, we’re going to talk about 5 guys that have shown that they definitely deserve way more playing time than they’re getting right now, hoping their coaches realize this as soon as possible.
5. Tyreke Evans
It’s been a really long time since we all thought Tyreke Evans was going to become an offensive force in the Association, but he’s still been extremely productive during his first season with the Memphis Grizzlies off the bench.
The former Rookie of the Year has been quite positive so far for the slumping Grizzlies, averaging 18.5 points, 4.9 boards and 3.1 dimes, and he seems to be a whole different player in the grindhouse in just 27.7 minutes per game.
4. TJ Warren
TJ Warren just doesn’t get the credit he deserves because he shares the floor with Devin Booker, Marquese Chriss and Josh Jackson, but he’s still one of the most productive two-way youngsters in the Association.
Despite being in the trade block a couple of months from now, and he’s currently averaging 23.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 dimes and 1.1 blocks in almost 49% from the floor per 36 minutes, 7 minutes more than he actually gets on a nightly basis.
3. Jonathon Simmons
Jonathon Simmons was quite impressive out of the gate for the San Antonio Spurs, so he deserved to get paid big time with the Orlando Magic this season. Still, despite everybody thinking he’d start right away, he’s embracing the same role he had at San Antonio, leading the second unit.
Simmons is a great scorer, a willing defender and an athletic monster, and he’s averaging 15 points, 3.3 boards, 2.1 dimes and 0.9 steals per game in over 50% from the floor, and even though those 25 minutes per game are a career high for him, he should definitely be playing a lot more.
2. Joel Embiid
The sophomore big man never ceases to amaze and he’s instantly become a fan favorite due to his charisma, commitment and an incredible display of talent he puts on a nightly basis for the young Philadelphia 76ers.
Still, due to minutes restrictions to keep him healthy, he has an extremely short leash, staying on the court for not much longer than 28 minutes per night. Nevertheless, his per 36 minutes stats are just ridiculous, posting averages of 26.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks in almost 50% from the floor.
1. Clint Capela
The young center out of Switzerland keeps getting better and better, improving his offensive efficiency and becoming an elite rim protector and rebounder, the perfect complement for a lineup that features so much shooting like the Houston Rockets.
Capela’s averaging 13.3 points, 11.5 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.9 blocks per game in almost 70% from the floor, career highs in all those regards. And most impressively, he’s done it in just 25 minutes per game, with Houston constantly going small.