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One of the most special things about the NBA is that there are so many storylines, stars, faces and a versatile crops of players. You have the superstars, athletic freaks, big men, international players, OG’s and of course the All-Stars. However, there is one crop of players that is often forgotten and they don’t really seem to have a title.
These guys haven’t been selected to All-Star teams, most of them have had sixth men roles for majority of their career, although their abilities are that of a starters. These dudes won’t ever be labelled as superstars but they have that rare ability to single-handedly lead their teams to a win. When it comes to getting buckets, these guys do it better than anyone. They display this as they make the most out of the minutes they get and in Pro Am leagues all over the country when they put up 40, 50, 60, hell even 70 point performances.
If you take away all the B.S., simply put, everyone of these players is among the best in the world at their position and every one of their NBA peers will agree. None of these guys have been All-Stars, but their some of the most talented players in the league. They can shoot the ball, they can be scorers, they have the ball on a string, their clutch and their always down to go toe to toe with the biggest stars in the NBA on any given night, in any gym.
It’s hard to give this crop of players a title, maybe the easiest and most accurate would just be “Ballers”. The way the game is now it’s basically gotten to the point where these ten guys are just straight up underrated basketball players, even though they shouldn’t be.
All you'll hear about for now is Lance Stephenson's disastrous stint in Charlotte, but if you break down his actual ability to play the game, the dude is one of the most versatile guards in the world. Stephenson comfortably blew in the ear of the best player in the world, not because he's an "a**hole" but because he views himself as a guy on that elite level. You don't talk trash to the best unless you have something you feel you could back it up with. "Born Ready" doesn't make too many appearances at Pro Am leagues, but if he did there would probably be a highlight of him putting up 50, 10 and 8 through 3 quarters or something. He'll be a big part of the Clippers future. A year ago he was turning in triple-doubles for the Pacers.