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Top 10 Most Underrated NBA Players of All-Time

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10. Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman’s time in Chicago was great, and he undoubtedly helped them win two Championships, but his time in Detroit was fantastic. Rodman is known for his rebounding, and rightfully so. He was the NBA Rebounding Champion for a record seven straight seasons and in the 1991-1992 season averaged his career high 18.7 RPG. But he is more than just his rebounds. Rodman is a 5x NBA Champion, 2x NBA All-Star (Should be more), and a 7x All-Defensive First Team member.

9. Elvin Hayes

Elvin Hayes is extremely underrated when it comes to statistics. In just his rookie year he averaged 28.4 PPG and 17.1 RPG and is arguably the greatest rookie of All-Time. He was a fantastic center and was extremely durable as he only missed nine games in his sixteen seasons played. He is a NBA Champion, 12x NBA All-Star, 1x NBA Scoring Champion, and a 2x NBA rebounding Champion.

8. Sam Jones

When many people think of players who won several NBA Championships they immediately think of the great Bill Russell. Russell won eleven Championships but he did not do everything alone as his long time teammate Sam Jones helped him win ten of those eleven NBA Championships, by putting up great numbers. During the 1964-65 season he averaged 25.9 PPG. Sam Jones is also a 5x NBA All-Star and his number 24 jersey is retired by the Boston Celtics.

7. Moses Malone

Moses Malone played nineteen NBA seasons and was simply a stat stuffer. He deserves to be mentioned in the All-Time great centers conversation. He is a 3x NBA MVP and in his most impressive season, 1978-1979, he averaged 24.8 PPG 17.6 RPG and 1.8 APG. Besides being a 3x NBA MVP he is also a NBA Champion, Finals MVP, 12 NBA All-Star, and a 6x NBA rebounding leader.

6. Dominique Wilkins

Wilkins is usually remembered for his highlight dunks, but he really was a fantastic player. In the 1985-86 season Wilkins averaged 30.3 PPG (Season leader in points) 7.9 RPG, 2.6 APG, and 1.8 SPG and he was robbed of the NBA MVP award. He was a great offensive leader and was underrated even when he was playing. He was a 9x NBA All-Star (Should be several more), 1x All-NBA First Team member (Again should have been rewarded more), NBA Scoring Champion, and has his number 21 jersey retired by the Atlanta Hawks.

5. Bob McAdoo

Bob McAdoo spent his early years with the Buffalo Braves (Now Los Angeles Clippers) and was one of the best NBA players in the 7os. McAdoo is a NBA MVP, 5x NBA All-Star, 3x NBA Scoring Champion, and 2x NBA Champion as he played with Magic Johnson and the Lakers later in his career. His most dominate year, not coincidentally, was his MVP season where he averaged a monstrous 34.5 PPG 14.1 RPG 2.2 APG and 2.1 BPG. With stats like these its sad to think he is often forgotten.

4. Tim Duncan

Yes Tim Duncan is usually considered the greatest power forward of All-Time, but he is still underrated. He has had nothing but complete success in his career and that is mainly due to his own skill set. In Duncan’s first MVP season he averaged 25.5 PPG 12.7 RPG 3.7 APG and 2.5 BPG. Tim Duncan is arguably a top ten player and in my mind is greater than Kobe Bryant. Tim Duncan is a 5x NBA Champion (Tied with Kobe), 2x NBA MVP (One more than Kobe), 3x NBA Finals MVP (One more than Kobe) and is on a different level than Kobe when it comes to being a great teammate.

3. Bob Pettit

Bob Pettit is the most underrated big man to ever play. He is never mentioned in All-Time great forward conversations and his stats are completely mind boggling. He is a two time NBA MVP, but he should have three MVPs because in the 1960-61 season, arguably his best season, he was completely robbed of the accomplishment. That season he averaged 27.9 PPG, 20.3 RPG, and 3.4 APG while Bill Russell, who was rewarded the achievement, averaged 16.9 PPG23.9 RPG 3.4 APG. Besides his two MVPs he is an NBA Champion, 11x NBA All-Star (In eleven seasons played), 4x NBA All-Star Game MVP (Tied for most of All-Time), 11x All-NBA selection, 2x NBA Scoring Champion, and is third All-Time in rebounds per game behind Wilt Chamberlin and Bill Russell.

2. Scottie Pippen

When Scottie Pippen is mentioned several people ask “How many Championships did Pippen win without Jordan?” and yes, the answer is zero. But the question can be flipped and have the same results, because Michael Jordan never won an NBA Championship without Pippen. Scottie was in Jordan’s shadow for the majority of his career but in the 1991-1992 season if you look at stats it is easy to see just how good Pippen was, even when compared to the great Michael Jordan. That year Pippen averaged LeBron James like numbers with 21.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.9 SPG, and 1.1 BPG.  While Jordan averaged 30.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 6.1 APG, 2.3 SPG, and .9 BPG. With Pippen averaging more rebounds, assists, and blocks he was arguably just as good as Jordan. Along with Pippen’s extremely underrated play he is a 6x NBA Champion, 7x NBA All-Star (Should be several more), NBA All-Star Game MVP, 7x All-NBA Selection, and the 1995 NBA steals leader.

1. Jerry West

He is the NBA Logo and one of the biggest figures in NBA history… yet never mentioned in the All-Time great point guard conversation. Jerry West was the greatest shooter the NBA had seen when he was in his prime, and only played a few seasons with the three-point line incorporated, and is still sixth All-Time in a career points per game average with 27.o PPG. His 1969 Finals performance is still the greatest Finals performance yet. In that Finals series against Bill Russell and Sam Jones’ Boston Celtics, Jerry West averaged a phenomenal 37.9 PPG,  7.4 APG,  and 4.7 RPG, even with Wilt Chamberlin and Elgin Baylor on his team.  He is still the only player in history to win the Finals MVP award in a losing effort. He is a NBA Champion (1972), NBA Finals MVP (1969), 14x NBA All-Star (In 14 seasons played), NBA All-Star Game MVP, and 7x NBA Champion as an NBA executive.  Jerry west is most underrated player in NBA history.

 

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