There are several NBA players that don't got the respect they deserve. Maybe they aren't super fun to watch, maybe they're not the best player on their team, or maybe they've been overlooked by fans. These, in my opinion, are the most underrated player at each position. There is a starter and a backup for each position: PG, SG, SF, PF, and C. Also, at the end, I'll state honorable mentions that could've been considered for this team.
2019-2020 season stats: 20.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 6.8 APG, 31.2 MPG,
2018-19 season stats: 16.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.6 APG, 28.1 MPG
Dinwiddie has been fantastic for Brooklyn this season and has broken out with Kyrie Irving missing more than half the season with an injury. Dinwiddie was projected to be a 6th man this year, but Dinwiddie has averaged 21 points a game being their leading scorer. Dinwiddie has broken out unexpectedly after only averaging double digits PPG in 2018. Dinwiddie has been a underrated play maker, being one of the passers in the league, and that has been a part of his game that has improved immensely. Also, with Dinwiddie being their leading scorer, the Nets have found their way into the playoffs, and Spencer deserves a lot more credit for that. Dinwiddie has played like an All-Star this season, and it's very strange to see he wasn't even in consideration. Dinwiddie's comeuppance has been extraordinary and he is only 26 years old. He won't play in the bubble, but we'll see his real impact next season play with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and the rest of the supporting cast.
2019-20 season stats: 16.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 7.1 APG, 30.7 MPG, 47.2 FG%
2018-19 season stats: 14.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, 28.7 MPG, 50.5 FG%
2019-20 season stats: 24.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 34.4 MPG, 1.4 SPG, 45.3 FG%
2018-19 season stats: 23.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG. 4.2 APG, 33.7 MPG, 1.0 SPG, 43.2 FG%
Mitchell is the only All-Star on this list, but is still underrated because he deserves a lot more credit for what he has led the Jazz to this early in his career. Mitchell has already led the Jazz to the playoffs in his first two years in his career and have already clinched the playoffs for the 3rd straight year. Mitchell is only 6'3 and he is one of the best dunkers in the NBA. He plays extremely aggressive for his size, which he uses to his advantage when he drives to the rim. Mitchell is one of the best scorers in the NBA and leads his team to wins. When the Jazz lost Gordon Hayward in the 2017 off-season, they needed a lot of help for their team to be in the playoffs again, but Mitchell came into the league and with help from DPOY Rudy Gobert, that duo led them to the 2nd round. Mitchell is an elite scorer, an above average shooter, and a very underrated defender being able to play great perimeter defense even though he's not that tall for NBA standards. Mitchell was ranked #32 on Bleacher Reports top 100 which might be low, since the Jazz wouldn't be where they are if it wasn't for Mitchell. Mitchell is, in my opinion, the 3rd best shooting guard in the league, because not many people can be one of the offensive players in the league and lead their team to wins at only 23 years old.
2019-20 season stats: 19.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 32 MPG, 40 3pt%
2018-19 season stats: 20.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 32 MPG, 41.7 3pt%
2019-20 season stats: 22.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 36 MPG, 45.3 FG%
2018-19 season stats: 21 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3 APG, 33.4 MPG, 45.9 FG%
Even though he isn't a small forward, it was hard to create an underrated team and not include CJ McCollum. A lot of people look at Portland and say their only offensive weapon is Damian Lillard and their supporting cast has been the reason Portland isn't in the playoffs. However, many people have overlooked CJ in his career, but he has been more underrated than ever this season. CJ came out of nowhere in 2015 winning the MIP award and has been a consistent 20 point scorer ever since. This season, he is having his second best scoring season of his career being the 17th best scorer in the league. He hasn't been recognized as he should be in his career, because people don't think he is a top shooting guard just because his team isn't winning as much. He has been an elite scorer and shooter and he and Damian Lillard have still been able to keep their chemistry and performances sustainable. He is the perfect complimentary backcourt member and maybe if Portland sneaks into the playoffs, we'll see if he can show what he's worth.
2019-20 season stats: 18.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 45.2 FG%
2018-19 season stats: 16.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 45.3 FG%
2019-20 season stats: 19.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 30.7 MPG, 41.2 3-pt%
2018-19 season stats: 19.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 30.3 MPG, 40.2 3-pt%
In my opinion the most underrated player in the NBA, Gallinari, when healthy, has been one of the best offensive power forwards in the league. Gallinari has been underrated for a while because not many people recognize him as a top power forward. Gallinari has never averaged 20 points a game for a season, but he has been extremely close in 4 seasons. Gallinari is a career 40% 3-pt shooter, and he is the most efficient 3-pt shooter from the top of the key this season. The Thunder were rebuilding during the off-season and now they are a top 6 team in the West with potential to go far in the playoffs. Gallinari has benefited playing with one of the best passing point guards of all-time in Chris Paul. Gallinari has shown his impact on winning teams. His shooting and offensive skill-set makes him an All-Star caliber player, and if he played in the Eastern Conference, he would've probably already made one by now.
2019-20 season stats: 11.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 40 3-pt%, 26 MPG
2018-19 season stats: 13.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 49.7 FG%, 39.7 3-pt%, 32 MPG
2019-20 season stats: 16.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 27.5 MPG, 39.8 3-pt%, 51.8 FG%
2018-19 season stats: 15.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 27.2 MPG, 29.0 3-pt%, 52.9 FG%
In my opinion the most underrated offensive player in the league, Serge has a been a key contributor to the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors. Earlier in his career, Serge was one of the best shot blockers in the league, but his development on offense has helped the Raptors be one of the top teams in the league. Serge has been one of the better offensive centers in the league and his impact and contributions get overlooked. He has developed into not only a better scorer, but a shooting threat. He can post up and score baskets near the rim, but can also shoot from mid-range and the perimeter. Even though he isn't as explosive and as elite of a defender when he was younger, he has developed into more of a team defender as the Raptors are the best defense in the league. Most importantly, the Raptors are winning and Serge is a huge part of that.
2019-20 season stats: 9.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 21.6 MPG, 63.8 FG%, 40 GP
2018-19 season stats: 10.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 26.5 MPG, 59.7 FG%, 77 GP
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Here are some honorable mentions for players that could have been considered for this team:
Fred Van Vleet
Gary Trent Jr
Abbreviations used in this article:
PPG: Points Per Game
RPG: Rebounds Per Game
APG: Assists Per Game
MPG: Minutes Per Game
SPG: Steals Per Game
FG%: Field Goal percentage
3-pt%: 3-point percentage
GP: Games Played
MIP: Most Improved Player
DPOY: Defensive Player of the Year