Saturday , Aug , 06 , 2011 J.N.

Who is the most underrated from the 1980s? Vol. 3

Looking back at the 1980s is a weird thing because the decade is very distant now than when we first looked back during the 1990s and early 2000s with all the specials on VH1. Movies took old 80s songs and remixed them. It was cool to reminisce until the retro bubble popped 7 years ago. Remember when Puffy was taking classic 80s tunes using them for his tracks? Remember when Brandon Jennings tried to bring back the late 80s/early 90s hairstyle? Thank goodness those times are over. 

Volume 1 and Volume 2 cover the rules of being "underrated" clearly. If you do not know, please check them out. This is the last analysis before reaching the final conclusion. Who is the most underrated player of the 1980s? That person had to be clearly disrespected. If you want to know the past rankings, check out volume 1 and 2 again. These men will not be forgotten.

7) Fat Lever 

Career averages: 13.9 points, 6 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.2 steals

How can anyone forget a guy with "Fat" as his name? Fat is a two time All Star who made the 2nd All NBA squad once and 2nd All Defense team once. He wrecked havoc during his tenure in Denver.

6) Buck Williams

Career averages: 12.8 points, 10 rebounds, FG .549

Buck is a 3 time All Star who made the All Defensive team 4 times. Two of those All Defensive team appearances occurred during the 1990s. And no, Emeka Okafor is not better than this guy. Sorry.

5) Marques Johnson

Career averages: 20.1 points, 7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals

Yes, I know he made All NBA First team, but that was during the 1970s. Marques was on his way to become one of the all time greats until a neck injury ended his career. He is also the one who coined the term “point forward.” Johnson is a 5 time All Star who made the All NBA team 3 times 9 (two 2nd team and one 1st team).

4) Larry Nance

Career averages: 17.1 points, 8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 blocks.

Nance was an athletic 6-10 high jumping power forward. He is a three time All Star who made the All Defense team 3 times. Magic Johnson once wondered out loud during the 1993 All Star game if Nance got better with age. I had to laugh at that. You're a funny man, Magic.

3) Alvin Robertson

Career averages: 14 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2.7 steals

This 4x All Star made the All NBA team once (2nd team). His calling card was defense where he was God-like. He is the 1985-1986 Defensive Player of the Year and made All Defensive NBA teams 6 times (1985-1986, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1989-1990, and 1990-1991). Robertson was always in the top 5 in steals per game and total steals each season. Alvin also is the second player to register a quadruple double. He is amazing considering that he kept up that performance through his entire career. Wow.

There were some things that I did not realize when I was doing my research. The players here barely got any mention from a lot of people. Today's hipsters need to brush up on their history. Stay up. Read up. The 80s weren't just between Magic and Bird. Also, do not forget to blow hard into that old Nintendo cartridge to get the blasted thing working. I spent many nights freezing my butt off during the winter to get numerous games going such as Tecmo Bowl, Ninja Gaiden, Megaman, Super Mario 3, and Double Dribble.

I always wondered how good these guys were when I was catching them sometimes during 1990 since I didn't become well aware of what was going on during the 1980s. I was too young and naive to realize. There is definitely more appreciation for them now because the players today do not realize how good they have it with the advances made in network coverage and the Internet. They just don't know.

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