There are many NBA players who fly under our radar every year because they are not in the mainstream spotlight. These are players that have been consistently overlooked their whole careers. Their value to their teams has been overlooked.
This is the time we recognize their efforts and bring them to the spotlight, so you can see them too.
PG George Hill
George Hill was the starting point guard on the top tier defensive mastermind known as the Utah Jazz. He averaged a career high in points at about 16.9 ppg and added 4.2 apg along with 3.4 rpg for good measure. His game is very similar to Mike Conley in how he serves as one the anchors on defense for his team. He just doesn’t get as hefty of a contract. But he makes winning plays at the less glamorous defensive end.
Hill had an efficient year shooting the ball too as he ended the year shooting 47% from the field, 40% from beyond the three-point line, and 80% shooting from the free throw line. His production has not dropped off in the playoffs, averaging nearly identical numbers across the board.
SG Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley is one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA. Bradley is one of the few players that can guard one of the best players on the opposing and still create shots for himself at the offensive end. The thing is many of the casual NBA fans just saw Bradley as a good defender but neglect to notice that his offensive has bloomed this season and even more in the playoffs. He averaged a career-high 16.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg (that's pretty good for a 6’3 guard).
The last two games in the playoffs vs. Chicago, he has averaged 23.5 points for the Boston Celtics. Bradley has also played stellar defense on Jimmy Butler holding him to sub 40% shooting for the whole series.
SF Otto Porter Jr.
Hey, have you gotten a chance to watch Otto Porter Jr. this season? Porter has been making strides this season to launch himself into the Most Improved Player conversation. He has stepped up as one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and as one of the best defenders on the Washington Wizards.
Definitely, has emerged as a prime candidate to paid big this offseason. Only time well, but one thing is for sure, you can’t underestimate the value of a 3 and D guy.
PF Paul Millsap
This guy is the textbook definition of a poor man’s LeBron. Millsap does a little bit of everything for the Atlanta Hawks. During the 2016-17 season, Millsap had another under the radar season. The undersized power forward averaged 18.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.7 apg along with a block and steal a game. The thing that makes him even more underrated is how he went on to improve his play in the playoffs against Washington.
Millsap averaged 24.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, and near 2 spg to go along with 50% shooting from the field against Washington Wizards. It’s about time Millsap got some love people. Either way, I’m sure free agent suitors will acknowledge him by waving max money in front of his face this summer.
C Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson has been the most underrated part of the Cleveland Cavaliers team because every year he continues to prove when the lights shine the brightest. His unrelenting hustle on the offensive glass is what led him to average over 6 offensive boards per contest vs the Indiana Pacers. He has averaged over 11 rpg during 4 games vs the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs. In close games decided by one or two possessions, 50-50 balls are everything. More times than not Thompson gets those 50-50 balls the split second they come off the rim.
Also, he was the new NBA’s Iron Man for playing 447 consecutive games. The most consecutive games in Cavalier History. Reliability is underrated and deserves to be acknowledged.