|Posted by James FitzGerald IV on December 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM|
Here is a list of players I feel do not get enough shine for their contributions to not only their teams but to the whole league. These guys can play with anyone and they have the respect of their peers.
Lamarcus Aldridge (PF) Portland Trail Blazers
Lamarcus Aldridge has been one of the most consistant power forwards in the league since his arrival in 2006. He is currently averaging 21.1 ppg 8.3 rebs and shooting 46.4% from the field. He has averaged 21 ppg over the last 3 seasons. He has a solid all around offensive game. He can post up, bang inside and hit the 15 foot jumper consistantly.
Jrue Holiday (PG) Philadelphia 76ers
This young point guard is the main reason the Sixers are still competitive this season in spite of the Andrew Bynum difficulties. Jrue Holiday is turning in his best season of his career this year with 18.8 ppg and 8.8 asst. It is a pretty good bet that coach Doug Collins has been passing some of his Hall of Fame wisdom on to Holiday and it has definately showed up in his play!!
David Lee (PF) Golden State Warriors
Always being one of the most consistant scorers and rebounders in the NBA, maybe we can finally get the long overdue All-Star nod for David Lee this season. He is averaqging 19.9 ppg and 11.2 rebounds this season and had the Golden State Warriors vying for a look at the playoffs. He has always been regarded as one of the more hard nosed players in the league and his play has his team reaping benefits. David Lee should be considered for MVP.
Zach Randolph (PF) Memphis Grizzlies
When healthy there are very few post players more dominant than Z-Bo. This season, so far, has possibly been his best all around statistical year averaging 17.1 ppg,12.6 rebs on 50% shooting. Along with Marc Gasol, they are one of the most lethal post tandoms in the NBA. No wonder the Grizzlies are 18-8 and off to their best start ever. If he can stay healthy, expect the Grizzlies to make some serious noise in the playoffs
Al Horford (C) Atlanta Hawks
People sleep on Al Horford a lot. Al Horford can play. He has been playing out of position his whole career and yet can't get any credit for what he brings to the court on a nightly basis. This season he is averaging 15.7 ppg, 9.8 rebs and shooting 52.3%. He is consistantly over 50% shooting every year and gets those same rebounding and scoring numbers for the Hawks. ATL is currently 17-8 , good for second place in the Southeast division behind the defending champion Miami Heat. The experts expected the Hawks to fall off after the departure of Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets. But the Hawks are moving on and Al Horford is a big reason for that .