This NBA season has been everything we could ask for and more. We have numerous teams with a shot at the championship and there have been multiple storylines created this year.
Also, we have seen many players such as Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, and Bam Adebayo take a big step in their game and be rewarded with recognition from the league as all three of them were able to make an All-Star team.
There are a plethora of others who have been having great seasons but, may not be getting the recognition that they deserve. In today’s article, we will be looking at ten players from this NBA season that are underrated.
10. Kyle Lowry
Lowry has been an extremely vital part of the Raptors’ success this season and should garner more respect. There is a current stigma surrounding Lowry currently that he isn’t as good as people make him out to be but, this just is not true.
This season, Lowry is putting up 19.7 points and 7.7 assists per game on a True Shooting percentage of 58.3. Lowry’s impact is seen day in and day out for the Raptors and as long as he is healthy, the possibilities for this team are endless.
9. Serge Ibaka
Ibaka’s play during the absence of Marc Gasol has been well documented and this could lead to him receiving a nice payday this offseason.
Ibaka’s numbers as a starter compared to a reserve are night and day. According to NBA.com, Ibaka is averaging 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game on 55.3% from the field and 42.7% from three as a starter and 13.4 points and 7.2 rebounds on 47.2% from the field and 33.3% from three.
Again, his great play during the absence of Marc Gasol has been detrimental to the Raptors’ success and if they want to go deep in the playoffs once again, they are going to need him to keep up this play.
8. Tim Hardaway Jr.
THJ has been a nice option for the Mavs this year and should receive a long-term extension with them soon.
This season, he is putting up just about 15 points on over 40% shooting from the field and has been a nice pairing alongside Luka Doncic in the backcourt.
He is probably one of the most underrated shooting guards in the league.
7. Fred VanVleet
VanVleet has quickly established himself as one of the most underrated players in the league and is another player that the Raptors must look to re-sign this offseason. Since the birth of his son in the middle of last year’s NBA playoffs, Fred has been on fire and his game just continues to get better and better.
For the Raptors, this season, he 17.6 points and 6.6 assists per game on just about 39% from three and is another player that has been vital to the Raptors’ success.
6. T.J. Warren
Warren has been everything the Indiana Pacers could ask for and then some. This season, he is putting up 18.6 points on a super-efficient 52.7% from the field and 37% from three.
The Pacers were able to get him for essentially nothing from the Suns and knowing what we know now, the Suns may be regretting that decision.
5. Bojan Bogdanovic
The addition of Bojan has been a blessing for the Jazz and his signing was the most underrated one of the previous offseason.
This season, he is putting up 20.5 points on an incredible 41.5% from three. His scoring and shooting have proven to be vital for the Jazz and his contract is a steal for the Jazz.
4. Jaylen Brown
After signing a hefty contract extension this offseason, many questioned as to whether or not Brown will live up to the value of it. So far, he has proven worthy of it as he is averaging career-highs in Points (20.4), Rebounds (6.4), Assists (2.2), Steals (1.1), and Field Goal percentage (49.4%).
The argument can be made that he is the second-best player on the team, behind Jayson Tatum, and if the Celtics want to go far in the playoffs, they are going to need him to continue his career-year.
3. Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie has played extremely well in the absence of Kyrie Irving and is a valuable asset for the Nets. This season, Dinwiddie is putting 20.6 points and 6.7 assists per game, both career-highs and has been the go-to guy for the Nets for the majority of the season.
The Nets may look to move Dinwiddie this offseason along with other players to acquire a star and if they do, the team receiving Dinwiddie will be very happy with that choice.
2. Chris Paul
CP3 has had a much-needed bounce-back year with the Thunder this season and his improved play has been recognized by many.
After being traded to the Thunder, many did not expect CP3 to last the entire season. Instead, his role as a leader and facilitator has been a vital part of the Thunders’ success and they are currently sitting nicely in 5th place in the Western Conference.
CP3 has written the stigma surrounding him this year and the Thunder may shock some people come playoff time.
1. Khris Middleton
After signing a massive extension with the Bucks, many looked at this move as questionable considering Middleton has just started to come along. Despite the criticism, Middleton’s play continues to improve every year and he is having a historic season this year.
Currently, he is averaging 21.1 points and 6.2 rebounds on 50.8% from the field, 43.8% from three, and 90.7% from the free-throw line. At this point, it looks like Middleton will become just the 5th player in NBA History (Larry Bird, Stephen Curry, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant) to average at least 20 points on 50% from the field, 40% from three, and 90% from the free-throw line.
After the departure of Malcolm Brogdon, many looked to Middleton to take that next step and so far, he has. His play has been detrimental to the Bucks’ success and if they want to win a championship this year, they are going to need him to continue this play throughout the playoffs.