We all know who the stars are in the NBA, but a star is nothing without a supporting cast. Here are 10 unsung hero’s of the NBA this season.
Ersan is a very versatile forward in the NBA, he is actually second in the NBA in charges taken with 30 this season. Ersan is also a beast on the boards, with Philadelphia this season he is averaging 8.4 rebounds and 14.8 points. He is a 38% 3 Point shooter as well and often guards big athletic forwards for the opposition very well. I honestly think he would get more recognition if he had an easier name to say.
This guy is something else. He has the second highest true shooting percentage all time with 62.9, a career 27.3 player efficiency rating trailing only Lebron and Jordan and first all time in offensive rating with 124. These numbers aren’t incredibly insightful given that he doesn’t play that many minutes but if this guy played 20 years ago I feel like he would have dominated. In the current climate of small ball and centers who shoot threes he as a true center defensively can’t keep up. But man is he fun to watch.
Joe Ingles is the whitest guy in any court, he looks like a math teacher going through a mid life crisis even though he’s only 30 years old. He is shooting an astounding 44.7 from three this year. His stats don’t pop out at you but they are very well rounded. He is scoring 11.5 a game with 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Those are great numbers especially considering he was almost out of the league a few years ago.
The Pacers have been surprisingly great this year, they currently sit at 5th place in the east and a lot of the credit has gone to Victor Oladipo, and well deserved, who would have thought switching him out for Paul George wouldn’t create an instant lottery team. Collison has been instrumental in this team’s success as well. He is shooting 45 percent from 3 this season to go along with 12.5 points and 5.4 assists. He isn’t the best playmaking point guard, but he makes up for that with his silky smooth jumper. If this guy gets hot he could swing a game double digits.
Morris averages 13.4 points per game this year with 5.5 rebounds. But this guy is clutch, he hit a great game winning shot against the Thunder recently and always seems to bring high energy and his 39% from three is pretty nice for a rotation player.
Larry Nance Jr
The son of the NBA legend with the same name has stepped up his game since moving to Cleveland, Lebron may have something to do with that, but I’m sure even the king would have to admit having a freak athlete down low who can eat rebounds and throw down any time is a deadly weapon to have. With Nance only in his third season, I’m sure once his shot develops more this guy will be a true force to be reckoned with.
This guy is a star in the making. He is averaging nearly 7 points more this year than in his rookie year with the Nuggets currently at 16.6 points per game. He has been in the news lately with his beef with basically all of the Lakers roster and coaching staff, but the fact is this kid can ball. Jokic often gets the most publicity for his triple doubles but Jamal makes this team go. If it wasn’t for Mr Greenlight Will Barton, I’m sure Murray would be averaging over 20. Give it a few years, but this guy is special.
Jrue has been a great player in this league for years, but with a past riddled with injuries it was unclear if this guy would ever reach his potential. Well I say he is almost there, he is averaging 19 points per game this season 5.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He has really asserted himself well since Boogie Cousins went down.
Marcus Smart is currently sidelined with a thumb injury, but this year he has been the Celtics rock. Averaging 10.2 points per game and 4.8 assists he was a big reason for their win streak and while many of their young players struggled with inconsistency he always put out maximum effort.
Jeff Teague has been a good player in the NBA for a long time, he helped Atlanta put together great seasons in the past and has always been a versatile player on the floor. This year he is averaging 13.9 points 7 assists and 3 rebounds and he along with Karl Anthony Towns have kept Minnesota treading water with Jimmy Butler out for much of the second half of the season.