Many fans remember the former and current NBA stars such as Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Larry Bird, Kevin Durant, and others. However, in the history of the NBA, some players shone in the composition of their teams, but in general, the league underestimated them.
This happened for various reasons, from advertising in the media to the lack of success in the team. If a star player shines on the court, but his team loses more than he wins the star basketball player risks being flagged as a guy who gathers statistics in a bad team. In this article, we will talk about the most underrated players of the past two decades.
Mike Bibby is one of the most underrated point guards of all time. He constantly had significant influence early on in the Vancouver Grizzlies and was the lead point guard for some of the really good Sacramento Kings rosters in the early 2000s.
In his best 2005/06 season at Sacramento, Bibby scored an average of 21-3-5 and helped the team get into the playoffs, which is still the last time the Kings participated in the postseason.
Despite the fact that Bibby never participated in the All-Stars game and did not win the title, his leadership qualities and enthusiasm were respected in any team in which he played. He was a valuable player, ranging from the Grizzlies to the Miami Heat, with whom he took part in the 2011 NBA Finals.
We could not leave out Andrew Bogut from this list. Yes, he has won Championship titles with the formidable Golden State Warriors, but there is always a feeling that Australian were not always honored enough. In fact, it was not a big surprise because in a team with stars like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green it is always hard to distinguish oneself.
However, the progress of the Golden State Warriors would not have been possible without his strong play in defense and offense. Bogut created a lot of opportunities for his teammates and helped the team clinch the title in 2015.
However, unlike the NBA, In Australia, Bogut is a very appreciated figure, and every citizen loves him. His popularity even reached the gambling industry in the country, where Australian mobile casinos decided to create games to feature him as one of the icons and symbols in the game. In general, it is a very popular marketing move from the industry to increase exposure and attract more customers.
Sacramento chose Stojakovic in 1996. Stojakovic immediately had an impact during the 1998/99 season after moving out of the Croatian championship. He became a three-time participant in the All-Stars game.
In his best season of 2003/04, Stojakovic scored an average of 24 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, leading the NBA with 92% accuracy from the free-throw line.
Stojakovic ended his career by winning the title with the Dallas Mavericks. He finished the exciting race as one of the greatest snipers among foreign players ever to play in the league.
One of the best scorers of the past decade and a half, Kevin Martin has been an unrivalled leader in any team he represented, starting with the Sacramento Kings and ending with the San Antonio Spurs. From 2006 to 2011, Martin scored an average of at least 20 points per game, reaching a maximum of 24.6 points in the 2008/09 season with Kings.
At the peak of his career, Martin showed an outstanding level. If he did not become a victim of an injury, many believe that Martin would consolidate his reputation at the level of one of the best point-playing shooters in the last 20 years. He retired in 2016.
Michael Redd is another victim of injuries. He excelled at Milwaukee Bucks during an 11-year stay on the team. Many scouts did not expect the 43rd pick to become a valuable NBA player. However, the experts quickly admitted their mistake.
Redd was a breakthrough success during season four at Milwaukee, gaining 21.7 points per game on his way to his only appearance at the All-Star Game in 2004. From 2004 to 2009, Redd scored an average of at least 21 points per game, reaching a maximum of 26.7 points during the 2006/07 season.
Redd was unable to achieve great team success at Milwaukee. Injuries forced him to complete his career at only 32 years old. However, the Bucks fans will never forget Redd’s scoring performances and his influence on the game.
Jamison is one of the most underrated players of the 2000s. Throughout his career, Antawn Jamison has performed in six different teams. First of all, he is known for his tenure at the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards. In his third season of 2000/01, Jamison scored an average of 25 points and 9 rebounds in the “Warriors”. He won the title of the best sixth player of 2004 as part of the Dallas Mavericks, gaining an average of 14 points and 6 rebounds, taking part in all 82 matches of the regular season.
After joining the Wizards in 2004, Jamison played in tandem with Gilbert Arenas. This duo was able to bring Washington to the playoffs from 2005 to 2007, including the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference in 2005.
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