Updated: Apr 11
Playing at the highest level is the dream for many young sports aspirants, if you’re a Basketball Fan the ultimate destination is the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA is a Basketball tournament played in America where the teams from the East take on the teams from the West, the NBA season usually starts in mid to late October and ends early April, that is 6 months, 82 games, and then the top 8 teams from the East face off against each other and the top 8 from the West face off. The Finals is usually played in June, and that will determine who wins the cup, who gets to take the championship title home!
Winning the championship ring and taking the cup home to your city is the dream of every Basketball player. The NBA season is not always straight forward, players train in the few months off, come back on the court rejuvenated, and full of energy. The amount of rigorous training the players undergo in their time off is usually seen in the forthcoming season, but sometimes as a player you give hundred percent but you just don’t get the recognition that you deserve, in the list below we will talk about the top 5 most underrated players in the League today.
1) Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo was drafted in 2017, he was the 14th pick in the first round, drafted by Miami. In the 2019-20 season Bam was averaging 16.2 points a game which is a very strong and promising sign for the Miami Heat. Bam Adebayo is 6-foot 9 inch, 116 kgs of pure, brute force, we have to keep in mind that Bam is only 22 years old and he is just getting started.
If he can stay fit and healthy, he has a lot of potential and scope for improvement. With an overall field goal percentage of 55.8%, 10.5 points per game, 0.9 blocks a game, Bam is still overlooked, he is young and has a long journey in front of him, hopefully he will rise and make the position his and cement his name as one of Miami’s greatest Center.
2) Kyle Lowry
Back in 2006, Kyle Lowry was drafted towards the end of the first-round draft and picked by the Memphis Grizzlies. Kyle Lowry had a lot of doubters and many people told him he is suitable to be the point guard. He was traded multiple times, but Kyle Lowry found home in Toronto! Kyle Lowry is a 42% is his field goal percentage, 37% 3-point shooter, and he averages 14.7 points a game, but for a 6-foot, 89 kg man, he does not hesitate for even a moment when he is taking a hard hit during an offensive foul.
In the 2019 NBA Finals he showed up, stood tall and delivered, he took hard hits, he dove for the ball, he played his best defense and most importantly he made some very crucial buckets and initiated some match winning plays. Kyle Lowry turned up big especially in Game 6 of the NBA finals, he scored 11 quick points in the first few minutes of the match to get Toronto off to a flying start. Kyle Lowry is now 34 years old and he still plays every match with fire in his eyes, that’s what makes him a champion and so fun to watch.
3) Spencer Dinwiddie:
Spencer Dinwiddie was having his best season in the 2019-20 season displaying stats like a field goal percentage of 41.5%, 6.8 Assists per game, 20.6 points a game, he had the responsibility to fill the spot when Kyrie Irving was out with a shoulder injury.
Spencer did an incredible job filling the spot, but with the unexpected suspension of this NBA season due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the Brooklyn Nets may have a hard time fitting in Spencer Dinwiddie in the starting line up consisting of All Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
4) Tim Hardaway Jr.:
Timothy Duane Hardaway Jr. was the picked 24th overall and drafted in 2013 by the New York Knicks. He has played for the New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and he currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. Tim Hardaway Jr. is very athletic, agile, quick on his feet, he has a great game IQ, in the 2019-20 season the 28 year old Maverick put up figures like field goal percentage of 43.7%, 3-point percentage of 40.7%, and 15.8 points per game and adding on to that he is an 81.4% free throw shooter.
He is a great player that works very hard but doesn’t get enough credit for his performances, playing along side Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr. is the 3rd key pillar for leading the Dallas Mavericks to a Championship Title.
5) Fred VanVleet:
This is a very inspirational story of how hard work really does pay off, Fredderick Edmund VanVleet Sr. was undrafted in the 2016 NBA Drafts, regardless, his determination to be great and succeed was seen in the 2018-19 Raptors Championship season when he was one of the key players for the win. Very much like Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet had many doubters when people said that he couldn’t be a point guard. He played a major role in the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors.
He made some very tough shots look easy. Fred VanVleet suck some very important 3 pointers and his 2019-20 season was great he had a field goal percentage of 40.9% and a 3-point percentage of 38.8% and he has been scoring 17.6 points per game. Fred VanVleet has come a long way from originally being undrafted to being a key player for the Toronto Raptors creating history and clenching the Championship Title. Fred VanVleet is 26 years old and he keeps getting better, hopefully he stays healthy and continues to get better.