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6 Most Underrated Basketball Players in NBA History

It takes a village of well-knowing basketball players to create a legend. It’s not always the work of a single man. Unfortunately, the name of the legends linger, and those who helped him become one are left in vain.

Here are the most underrated NBA players in history.

Manu Ginobili

Ginobili spends most of his playing career with the San Antonio Spurs. El Contusione is one in eight players who have four NBA Championship rings and an Olympic gold medal. The Argentinian also has a EuroLeague title under his belt.

Also, he paved the way for other NBA greats such as Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. In terms of win shares for the postseason, Ginobili comfortably sits at the 19th position higher than some Hall of Famers.

Even then, he seemed to be an underrated NBA draft pick as well at 57th.

Bernard King

King, who stands at 6’7”, has an average of 22.5 points per game. And there are only a few active players who can do that. At specific periods of his career, he even averaged 28 and 29 points per game. 

With that said, King has been regarded as the most explosive player during offensive plays. No other defender could stop him then.

However, King was not inducted in the Hall of Fame and would not be in the coming years to unknown reasons.

Dennis Rodman

Rodman was one of the greatest trios in NBA history, along with Scottie Pippen and, yes, the legend Michael Jordan. Rodman has three championships in total (Detroit Pistons, two and Chicago Bulls, three).

The Worm, as he was called, was also a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time NBA All-Defensive Team.

On the other hand, he was only chosen to be a part of the All-Star games twice.

Sam Jones

Jones was an ultimate champion, having been considered as one of the 50 greatest players ever. He has 10 NBA Championship titles—one title short of that of Bill Russell’s. 

One good thing about Jones was he played for teamwork rather than as an individual basketball player. Although, he made winning shots that catapulted Boston Celtics to greater heights.

Ask a basketball fan, however, and no one knows the name, though, he deserved all the respect he could get.

Scottie Pippen

The truth is, there is no Jordan without Pippen and Rodman. He had all the right stats: 16.1 points per game. 6.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.

Pippen was also one of the best defensive forwards to ever grace the NBA. Did you know that Pippen once contained Magic Johnson during the 1991 NBA Finals game? I bet you didn’t.

Fans are quick to say that Pippen wouldn’t win any championship without Jordan. But for Pippen fanatics, Jordan would never win a title without Pippen.

Dominique Wilkins

Wilkins was the dunk phenomenon of the 1980s NBA. He won at least two dunk contests on that decade. And no one can stop him when he was on the lane.

He averaged 25 points per game in 10 consecutive seasons. Only a few players can do that including Jordan, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, and Shaquille O’Neal. At one point, he scored 23 out of 23 of his free throws—he still holds the record.

However, for the NBA management, these records weren’t enough to include him in the league’s 50th Anniversary Team. 


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3 Major Records that LeBron James are About to Break this Season

The 2019-20 NBA season hasn’t started yet, but LeBron James has already created a buzz. It seems that people can never get enough of James—and we should never either.

Just last season in a game versus Denver Nuggets, he surpassed Michael Jordan’s record in the all-time scoring list. However, he still needs 6,077 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record of 38,387 points.

Hats off to one of the GOATs that the fans have seen throughout the years because this year James will surely break tons of records on his 17th season in the league. 

He is expected to play for as long as he possibly can, although the average retirement age of NBA players is 34 or 35 years old. The age of 40 is the final benchmark.

Here’s a roundup based on conservative guesstimates.

1) James as the 4th all-time highest points

James is in the third spot in the list of career scoring leaders. Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar are still ahead of him.

To grab Bryant’s spot, he needs to score 1,100 points this season. A team would play up to 82 games, and James averages 13 points per game. If he played at all games and score 13 points for each, he would have 1,066 points.

More or less, he would break this record. However, he would have to play six to eight seasons more to grab the second and first spots, respectively. 

He must stay physically fit as well if he wants to do so. This one’s a stumbling block considering the four-time MVP’s age and evident physical decline that sceptics say started last season.

2) James as the 5th all-time highest field goals

James has to surpass Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar. He recently surpassed Bryant.

He has 11,838. So if he scored the 1,066 points in the 2019-20 NBA season, he would end up as the third-highest field goal scorer in history. Jordan has 12,192 while Chamberlain, 12,681.

He would beat Malone’s record, which is currently at 13,528, in the next season, 2020-21. After that, he still needs two more seasons to be #1.

3) James as the 8th all-time highest three points

While James is not a three-pointer, he managed to land at 8th place behind Bryant, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Reggie Miller, and Ray Allen.

James per game average is three three-point shots, and his three-point shooting percentage is not that great, at 34.3%. It means he was making 738 points from his three-points per season or 246 baskets in total.

With this, he must make 33 three-point baskets to eclipse Bryant, 83 for Johson, 85 for Nowitzki, 138 for Pierce, and 167 for Carter to land the third position. This may happen this season if he would deliver on his current averages or even more.

In the next season, he might be the #1 all-time highest three-point shooter if he would make 277 and 415 baskets to outdo Miller and Allen, respectively.


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