Only the diehard basketball fan will know these guys. That is why we’re here. Word. The guys do not get much love, but shout outs. Even during their playing days, they only got praise during live telecasts, rap music, or Space Jam. Sometimes we wonder how come the underrated players cannot take it up another level to become a superstar. They have the tools and physical qualities to do it. I suppose it comes down to mindset. Volume 1 is here.
Have you seen the film, “Back to the Future?” Doc and Marty go back in time via the Delorean to correct some things in order to alter their present. I’m pretty sure some of these players think about it sometimes right now looking back at their careers. I would. Regrets? Yep, but not in a bad way. It’s more like “I should have worked more in this aspect of my game” type thing.
16) Nick Van Exel
The numbers: 14.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.1 to
The skinny: Van Exel actually had star potential. He was lightning quick, athletic, and possessed mean handles. When he gets hot, he’s nearly unstoppable. This can be said for anyone who gets on a hot streak, but Van Exel had the all-around skills to go with that. He was just too damn erratic with his jump shot. He was an All Star in 1998, averaged 9 assists in 1999-2000, and was nearly 36 percent from three point land. Nick the Quick also has a low turnover rate. That’s interesting.
15) Vlade Divac
The numbers: 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 blocks
The skinny: He made the 2001 All Star game and averaged 5.3 assists in 2003-2004. Divac is surprisingly durable and will be remembered as part of the Kobe Bryant trade. People forget that Vlade was arguably a top 10 center at the time. There are two memorable moments: clutch layup in the 1991 Finals as Magic hugged him and Jason Williams throwing a no look pass that hit him on the chest.
14) Detlef Schrempf
The numbers: 13.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, FT .803
The skinny: He was a 3 time All Star, two time Sixth Man, and made all NBA 3rd team once. The guy was sneaky clutch, too. He helped the Seattle Sonics reach the 1996 Finals with Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. Schrempf is very reliable and consistent. If he was athletic, Detlef would have been a superstar. That’s not his fault though. I’m still not sure why he was traded so much throughout his career.
13) Allan Houston
The numbers: 17.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3PT .403
The skinny: He was a 2 time All Star, led the NBA once in free throw percentage with .919, and hit above 90 percent at the charity stripe in 3 different seasons. Houston is best remembered for hitting the game winner against the Miami Heat in the playoffs. He also lit up Kobe and Lakers for 50 points once at Staples Center, but that was in early 2000s. He made All Star games around that time as well. During the 90s, he formed a dangerous duo with Grant Hill in Detroit.