1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Eat lead, slackers!
Being underrated is not a bad thing. It never was. It’s a good thing because people know you are good, but do not get enough credit. That is it. The only bad thing is the lack of acknowledgement. Then again, who cares? An underrated player gets to do their thing without the attention, spot light, and talking heads analyzing and scrutinizing almost every single thing on the basketball court. Let this be known that the real players move in silence. Past editions are here and here.
On a related note, throughout the 1990s, movie goers were fascinated by something that made its’ way on to a famous film released back in 1990. Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future Part 2” was not as good as the original, but we appreciated the technical vision of the future. The thing that stood out was the pair of Nikes that Marty McFly wore when he was in the future. Nike introduced them as the “Nike Mags.” It’s back for collectors to whore out to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is a great cause. The average price is $5000 per pair. The downside is that they do not have power laces. Fun times.
12) Charles Oakley
The numbers – 9.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and FT. 0.761
The skinny – There is nothing skinny about this man. The Oak man was a true enforcer and Michael Jordan’s personal body guard during his Chicago Bulls’ days. He is durable and good defender. Oakley made the 1994 All Star game, 1993-1994 All Defensive first team, 1997-1998 All Defensive second team, and led the NBA In total rebounds in back to back seasons. Don’t forget that he also smacked Scottie Pippen around.
11) Eddie Jones
The numbers – 14.8 points, 4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.7 steals
The skinny – He kept the starting shooting guard spot warm for Kobe Bryant. Arguably a better defender than Kobe, but Jones was not explosive like the Black Mamba. Jones is a three time All Star, led the NBA in steals in 1990-2000 with 2.7, all NBA third team 1999-2000, and All Defense second team 3 times. He had no problems getting buckets, but what if he had Kobe’s prowess? Meh. I’ll always remember Jones for ducking over Shawn Bradley.
10) Rod Strickland
The numbers – 13.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.5 steals
The skinny – Strickland once led the league in assists with 10.5 in 1997-1998. Yet, he still didn’t make the All Star team. In fact, he did not make any all star teams. What a shame. However, he did make second team All NBA. It was only once. That’s it. The man can lead a team, hang with the best point guards, and resemble singer Ralph Tresvant with Sensitivity, but will not get respect unless he is reading this. You got props. Shout outs to Bobby Brown and New Edition.
The skinny – His jump shot was broken when he came into the league, but got better. Majerle made a music video with Celine Dion and a four point play over Jordan in the 1993 NBA Finals. Dan the Man is a two-time second team all defense and three time All Star. Majerle is a good defender. He does not get credit for that. Oh well. At least he has Majerle’s Sports Grill.