Thursday, January 27, 2011
Here's my list of the top 5 most underrated players in the L.
1.Wesley Matthews(16 ppg.)- Matthews spent his rookie season with the Jazz last year and earned a reputation around the league as a very solid defender. His play got him a contract in the summer with the Blazers and since Brandon Roy has gone out he has become the best scoring option aside LaMarcus Aldridge. Along with being a good defender he can shoot the trey ball and get to the rim.
*Breakout Performance* - Dropping 36 on the T-Wolves hitting on 7 shots from three.
2.Wilson Chandler(17 ppg.)- Now in his fourth year in the League, Chandler found himself coming off the bench early in the season because Coach D'Antoni didnt want to play him at the SG position. As the season progressed Chandler quickly found himself in the starting lineup playing at the 4 position. Chandler is athletic, can stroke the long ball, rebound, is athletic and can guard the wing and the 4; dude has a nice all around game and is arguably the most versatile player in the league, can play the 2, 3, and the 4.
*Breakout Performance* - Although he dropped 31 on the Spurs this season, I'm going to say the game against the Celtics at the garden that was on ESPN (best game of the season so far to me) in which he posted 18 points and 12 boards against KG on national TV was his breakout game.
3.Nick Young(17 ppg.) - My personal favorite on this list, Nick Young is in his fourth year out of USC and if you've ever seen him play the homie gets buckets. He's a flat out scorer. Has one of the best mid-range games in the League and can get hot from outside. He's got that Cali-Handle and some bounce to go along with it. Young can hit some of the toughest shots and make them look easy. Although Young was sad to see his mentor Gilbert Arenas part ways with the Wizards; the departure of Arenas is what gave Young the chance to step into the starting lineup and he has been the Wizards most potent offensive weapon since.
*Breakout Performance* - Despite Young going off for a career-high 43 points and hitting on 7 three's against the Kings, I'm going with his game against the Lakers at the Staples Center in front of his home town fans of LA, Young hit on 6 three's pouring in 30 points off the bench.
4.Dorell Wright(17 ppg.) - Wright is in his 7th year in the League after spending his first six in Miami where he never really got to showcase his offensive ability early on. His first couple of seasons Miami was a really good title contending team so as a young player he didnt crack the rotation. Then he also spent a lot of time injured. But last year was his somewhat breakout year with Miami, and after Pat Riley and Eric Spoelstra didnt want him back, he signed a deal with the Warriors. Wright has become a deadly shooter from outside and his 112 Three-Pointers Made so far this season is good for number 1 in the league.
*Breakout Performance* - Wright hit on 9 three pointers against the T-Wolves and also had a 32 point game against the Atlanta Hawks.
5.Kevin Martin(23 ppg.) - Martin is in his 7th year and established himself as one of the best scorers in the league during his stint in Sac-town and hasnt changed his game since he's been in Houston. Kevin Martin flat out gets buckets, in just about every way you can. Martin is athletic and can shoot it, he can get to the rim, and he gets to the line. Martin leads the league in made free throws(342) and is second in free throw attempts. He's a versatile and agressive scorer.
*Breakout Performace* - Martin dropped 45 on Portland earlier this season, 5 short of his career high 50 points.