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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11 Youngest MVP Winners in NBA History

Winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the NBA is the greatest achievement any baller could ever have. While there are no clear criteria of who should win it, the award is open to all the best performers of the season even to the young players.

Truth be told, the new breed of NBA players can outperform even the seasoned ones.

Here are the youngest NBA MVPs.

#11 Giannis Antetokounmpo (age 24)

Antetokounmpo is the latest addition to the list of elite basketball players who achieved the highest milestone in the NBA. He was the third-youngest player to become an MVP in 40 years, joining Derrick Rose and LeBron James in the roster. 

#10 Bob Pettit (age 24)

Pettit was a dominant force in the history of the NBA in terms of scoring and rebounding. He has two MVP awards, the first one of which he received in his sophomore year.

#9 Bill Russell (age 24)

With a total of five MVP trophies, Russell was one of the most successful players in the NBA sans a championship trophy. He was a rebounding leader in his heydays. In one of the games, he grabbed a total of 49 boards.

#8 Lew Alcindor (age 24)

Alcindor is a familiar face in the NBA; he goes by the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now. He has a record of six MVP awards from the first one he earned in the 1970-71 season. The same season wherein the Milwaukee Bucks won the championship.

#7 Dave Cowens (age 24)

Cowens won the Rookie of the Year award, and after two years, both the league and All-Star Game MVP awards. He was also one of the reasons why the Boston Celtics received an NBA-best record of 68-14. 

#6 Moses Malone (age 24)

Malone was NBA’s best player in 1979, but it was in 1981 when he had his first finals, with the House Rockets. He has a total of three MVP awards.

#5 LeBron James (age 24)

James won his first MVP award in the same year the Cleveland Cavaliers led the major categories, i.e., points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He was the tenth player to win the award back-to-back (2012 and 2013).

#4 Wes Unseld (age 23)

Unseld held the NBA record of winning the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in a single season—the second player to do so. Although he was undersized for a center, standing at 6’7”, he had the strength to create rebounds that matter. He earned the moniker Round Mound of Rebound because of this. 

#3 Bob McAdoo (age 23)

McAdoo was an underrated big man, playing for at least seven teams throughout his career. He won the NBA MVP award in the 1974-75 season. 

#2 Wilt Chamberlain (age 23)

Chamberlain was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards within the same season. He also holds the records for the highest rookie averages that no other MVP players gained including 37.6 points and 27 rebounds. He went on to win three more MVP awards. 

#1 Derrick Rose (age 22)

Rose won the MVP award two years after winning his Rookie of the Year award. He was the second Chicago Bulls player to win the MVP award during his first few seasons in the NBA; Michael Jordan was the first Bulls player to achieve this milestone.


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