The Underrated: NBA Players Of The 1990s

By @TrueGodImmortal 

Now, when it comes to the NBA in the 90's, I could go on and on about different topics that occurred in the sport during this decade. In between the hype of Jordan, Hakeem, Shaq, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Gary Payton, David Robinson and some of those top tier stars, there were plenty of great NBA players who weren't always recognized for their greatness like they should have been. Today, I wanted to make a list of some of the most underrated players from the 90's. Let's get into it.

*John Starks

-That's right. The guard for the New York Knicks who would become known for an infamous dunk against the Bulls, as well as his three point shooting, Starks was one of my personal favorite players and happened to be clutch for the Knicks when necessary. He was always a fierce competitor, showcasing drive and displaying emotion in the game. Starks didn't get enough recognition for his contributions to the Knicks.

*Sam Cassell 

-He might have been an afterthought on the Rockets championship team during the decade, but Sam Cassell was certainly one of the more clutch players for the team. His electric offense and shooting ability garnered him some attention and as he helped the Rockets capture back-to-back championships, his stock would rise some. However, he doesn't get the love he deserves in the game.

*Dan Majerle

-One of the more quality shooters on the Phoenix Suns team, Majerle was a beast behind that 3 point line. A three time All Star with the Suns, Majerle led the NBA in three pointers consecutively in 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 seasons. After being traded from the Suns, he wasn't as effective, but his contributions to the Suns shouldn't go unnoticed ever.

*Larry Johnson 

-Outside of the embarrassing Grandmama run, LJ was an amazing player in the 90's, especially during his run with the Hornets. The no. 1 draft pick in the 1991 draft, he earned the Rookie of the Year honors, became a multiple time NBA All Star, and accomplished great feats with the Hornets before being traded to the Knicks. Once with the Knicks, injuries would prevent him from continuing his greatness.

*Glen Rice

-One of the prime three point shooters of the 90's, Glen would be a great factor for the Miami Heat, but his career exploded when he went to the Hornets. Three time NBA All Star, two time All-NBA selection, MVP of the 1997 all star game, along with finishing fifth in the 1996-1997 MVP voting. Rice was an amazing player and his name sometimes goes unmentioned, which shouldn't be the case.

*Chris Mullin 

-Some may not feel that Mullin is underrated. I believe he is. One of the more solid players in the 90's while with the Warriors, Mullin was an explosive offensive player during the early 90's, with the Warriors run that featured himself, Mitch Richmond, and Tim Hardaway. He would be a great star for the Warriors for 8 seasons, get traded to the Pacers and still contribute, though not as great as his time with the Warriors.

*Grant Hill

-Now, I know. Injuries really put a stop to his full potential, but Grant Hill at one point was one of the best players in the game. He experienced some solid seasons with the Pistons, and displayed a high level of skill that was quite rare in the NBA. His potential was unlimited it seemed. A shame what injuries can do to a promising career.

*Detlef Schrempf

-One of my favorite players during the decade, not just for his interesting name, Schrempf was effective during his run with the Pacers, earning Sixth Man Of The Year award twice, before being traded to the Sonics and earning a trip to the NBA All Star game twice as well as assisting the Sonics in their run to the Finals in 1996.

*Mookie Blaylock

-When speaking of great players in the 90's, one of the most slept on was Mookie. While his run with the Nets wasn't too noteworthy, once he was traded to the Hawks, he exploded with amazing all around game, becoming a NBA All Star in 1994. His defense was absolutely stunning, as he would be within the top 5 in steals for multiple seasons consistently, and was named to the All-Defensive team six times. Mookie was also gifted with assists, being a top 5 leader in assists multiple seasons as well.

*Kevin Johnson

-KJ is one of my personal favorite players of the 90's. One of the supreme point guards in my opinion of the decade, his run with the Suns was nothing short of great, as he would be a three time All Star and a four time All-NBA selection, as well as a consistent top 5 leader in assists during his duration with Phoenix. KJ had the fundamentals of the game perfected and he exhibited his greatness nightly.

*Mitch Richmond

-A great star in his own right for the Warriors during their prime run, Richmond would end up traded to the Kings and taking off once again. A vicious three point shooter, Richmond would end up as a six time NBA All Star, 5 time All NBA selection, and won the MVP of the 1995 All Star game. Mitch might be the most underrated player of the 90's period.

*Latrell Sprewell

-Starting out with the Golden State Warriors, Latrell would be a steal in the NBA Draft and become an all star player through the decade. Though his run with the Warriors was overshadowed by his choking incident with the coach, he would continue to electrify with the Knicks, leading them to a NBA Finals at the end of the decade.

*Terry Porter

-Porter became a true star with the Blazers and would even end up in contention for the MVP award during the 1991 season, though he didn't win it. He was an all star in 1991 and 1993, but once he ended up with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he would end up on the bench. His Blazers run however is sometimes slept on.

*Eddie Jones

-This man was explosive in the 90's. The 10th pick in the 1994 draft, Eddie was a vital part of the Lakers rebuilding their team during the late 90s. A two time all star, an a pick to the All-Defensive team, Jones was one of the the most well rounded players for a time, averaging 15.2 points during his time with the Lakers.

*Anthony Mason

-He was a rare breed. A player that exuded toughness, aggression, and while he wasn't a scoring machine, he was effective when he was needed. Named Sixth Man Of The Year, during the Knicks 1994-1995 season, he became a star during the following before being traded to the Hornets and excelling there even more. Mason was as tough as they come.

*Vin Baker

-During his time with both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Seattle Supersonics, Vin Baker proved to be a viable force in the game. The 8th overall pick in the 1993 draft, he would be selected as an All-Rookie, All-NBA, and multiple time NBA All-Star. During his run with the Bucks, he averaged 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, a stat line that's definitely solid no matter who you are.

*Rod Strickland

-He bounced to quite a few teams in the 90's, starting with the Spurs, then the Blazers, and finally the Wizards, but Strickland was a solid player for each team that he played for, and his role would increase it would seem with every new team during the decade.

*Cliff Robinson

-One of the more slept on big men in the game, he was Sixth Man Of The Year in 1992-1993, and would consistently put up effective numbers while having to ability to actually shoot three pointers. Truly an underrated talent.

*Kevin Willis

-A factor during the late 80's on the Hawks with Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb, Willis continued his contributions into the 90's, with the Hawks and other teams as well. He was traded to the Miami Heat and still proved to be effective there. He would end up getting traded more and more in the later years of his career but he possessed a solid game and is truly underrated to this day.

*Tim Hardaway

-One of my top choices for most underrated period, not just the 90's, "Mr. Crossover" Tim was a superb player and shooter. Earning NBA All Star nods during his tenure with both the Warriors and the Heat, Tim was an effective player, who even made the cover of the video game NBA Live 98, which was a huge top seller also. He even finished fourth in MVP votes during the 1996-1997 season as well. A true legend in his own right and he should be recognized more.

There are so many other names I could include on here, but I would be here all day writing a never ending list. The 90's were an amazing time in basketball and there were some truly great players, the list goes on and on. Who are some of your most underrated players? Put them below in the comments and join in on the convo for DAR Sports Week.



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