Opinion: this NBA player is underestimated; He averaged more assists than Kyrie Irving of the Nets, more points than Ja Morant of the Grizzlies and more rebounds than Joel Embiid of the 76ers
Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers might be the most underrated player in the entire NBA.
At least in the Eastern Conference, he’s got to be one of the top five most underrated players without a doubt.
The 25-year-old (he’s not even in his prime yet) averaged 20.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game last season.
He was second on the team in points per game, first in rebounds per game and as a forward he led the team in assists per game.
Even more impressive?
He averaged more assists per game last season than Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (6.0) and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors (5.8).
Both of these players are guards known as elite couriers and fairly well known players.
Curry is a three-time NBA champion and two-time league MVP, and Irving is a seven-time All-Star and won an NBA title.
What if that wasn’t enough to prove that Sabonis doesn’t have enough credit?
He also averaged more points than Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies (19.1).
Plus, he’s averaged more rebounds per game than Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton (10.5), Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (10.6) and 2021 MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets (10.8).
Sabonis has been an All-Star for each of the past two seasons, so he gets a little credit, but imagine if he was on a team with a bigger brand (like the New York Knicks) or a contender (like the Brooklyn Nets), he would be a household name with those kinds of stats.