Everybody knows about the superstars in the NBA today. Players such as Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook. These are the players that you build franchises and teams around. They can take over a game at any point and are almost impossible to guard. Ask anybody that had had to check Curry. These MVPs, All-Stars, and NBA Champions have a worldwide fanbase. Although these are some of the best players in the world, what about the players that are valuable to their teams that nobody talks about or even notices?
In the 2013 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs faced off. The Heat's "Big 3" (Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade) carried this team to the playoffs and throughout the playoffs, but nobody talks about Ray Allen's big shot in game six of the Finals that saved their season. Allen hit a three-pointer that eventually sent the two teams to a Game 7 matchup and eventually an NBA Championship for the Heat. If Allen never hit that shot, the Spurs would have beat the Heat in six games.
Robert Horry is a seven-time NBA Champion that everybody knows about, but never gets credit for his role on those championship team. During his championships with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs, he hit game winners or big shots to help his teams win the game, which is how he earned the nickname "Big Shot Bob." Although Horry is not considered a star, those teams may not have won some of those championships without his clutch shooting. Horry and Allen's performances are examples of players that are overlooked and underrated.
30 Atlanta Hawks - Jeff Teague
29 Boston Celtics - Jae Crowder
28 Brooklyn Nets - Brook Lopez
27 Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker
26 Chicago Bulls - Taj Gibson
25 Cleveland Cavaliers - Iman Shumpert
24 Dallas Mavericks - Chandler Parsons
23 Denver Nuggets - Will Barton
22 Detroit Pistons - Tobias Harris
21 Golden State Warriors - Andrew Bogut
20 Houston Rockets - Trevor Ariza
19 Indiana Pacers - Monta Ellis
18 Los Angeles Clippers - J.J. Redick
17 Los Angeles Lakers - Julius Randle
16 Memphis Grizzlies - Mike Conley
15 Miami Heat - Goran Dragic
14 Milwaukee Bucks - Khris Middleton
13 Minnesota Timberwolves - Ricky Rubio
12 New Orleans Pelicans - Jrue Holiday
11 New York Knicks - Robin Lopez
10 Oklahoma City Thunder - Enes Kanter
9 Orlando Magic - Nikola Vucevic
8 Philadelphia 76ers - Ish Smith
7 Phoenix Suns - Eric Bledsoe
6 Portland Trail Blazers - C.J. McCollum
5 Sacramento Kings - Rudy Gay
4 San Antonio Spurs - David West
3 Toronto Raptors - DeMarre Carroll
2 Utah Jazz - Derrick Favors
1 Washington Wizards - Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal is one of the best SGs in the league, but his only issue, besides his shaky defense, is that he get hurts entirely too often. Since Beal entered the NBA in 2012, he has not played an entire season. Beal along with All-Star John Wall have been mentioned in talks about being one of the best backcourts in the NBA, but since Beal is always hurt, there are few times that they are on the court together. This season Beal is averaging 17.7 ppg (career high), 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, and 1 spg (career high). Beal is also shooting a career high 45.2% from the field. If Beal can stay healthy, the Wizards would be a much better team. This is Beal's contract year, so it will be interesting to see what the Wizards do with him.
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