Who Is The Most Underrated Team In The NBA? [POLL]
The NBA season has reached its halfway point and is full of fascinating story lines. The Thunder have been fantastic despite the loss of James Harden, the Clippers look like they have taken a huge step forward this year, and the Lakers look like my high school’s JV team.
However, there are plenty of teams that have been playing spectacular basketball that have received no attention from the media or fans, despite having great seasons of their own.
In Indiana, the Pacers have used great front court play and depth to earn the Eastern Conference’s third best record at 26-16 thus far. They are tied with Miami for the best home record in the East at 16-3 and have held opponents to 89.1 points per game, the best defensive mark in the NBA. However, without a truly marketable star, they get little to no love from the TV cameras or fans.
Brooklyn’s season has been characterized by many by the firing of Avery Johnson and a slow start, but the team has picked things up and sits in fourth place in the Eastern conference at 25-16, just one game back of the Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division. They have turned things around by defending without fouling better than almost anyone in the league, as the Nets sit in second place in the NBA in opponents free throws attempted per game.
Can we have a moment of praise for the Chicago Bulls, who have flown under the radar this year in the Eastern Conference, only to go 24-16, fifth in the East. They have allowed the third fewest points per game in the league, a trademark of a Tom Thibodeau led squad. And, oh, by the way, the best point guard on the planet, Derrick Rose, hasn’t seen the floor for them yet. They will only get better.
In the West, the Memphis Grizzlies have passed the toughest part of their season with flying colors. Surrounded by trade rumors involving the team’s biggest stars, they posted a 26-14 record, and it looks as if they have dumped enough salary to keep their best players. Thanks to reliable bigs Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, among others, they grab the third most offensive rebounds per game in the league, giving Memphis second chances that they take advantage of.
Golden State is easily the best story of this year in the NBA, in my opinion. They are an incredibly young roster that has come together and put up a 25-15 record through 40 games, including three wins over the 32-10 Clippers. Despite Andrew Bogut not being a functional human being for the Warriors since the team traded top scorer Monta Ellis to get him last year, they have the fourth highest rebounding total in the Association.
So which of these teams is the league’s most underrated? Take our poll and let us know.