The Most Underrated NBA Players of 2020 Featuring Khris Middleton and Jaylen Brown

Published 12/24/2020, 11:30 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) attempts a basket in between Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA is filled with talented players aiming to create an impact in the league. There are several athletes who have attained superstardom and others who are still seeking for the privilege. But credit should be given where it’s due, so who are the most underrated players of 2020? 


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Top 5 underrated players in the 2020 NBA season

Now the word underrated has a clear meaning. In the NBA, we can relate it with a player who is not given equal importance by the fans or who isn’t hailed equally for his contributions on the court. 


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There are several players who fit the criteria, but the list is limited. The league helps an athlete achieve world-wide fame but not all gifted players earn the blessing. Here’s a look at the Top NBA 5 players who immensely contributed in 2020 but failed to earn as much recognition. 


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5. Tim Hardaway Jr.

The 2020 season was Hardaway’s seventh in the league, but the talented guard is yet to mark himself as a foundational player. Hardaway has evolved into a reliant sharpshooter and he proved it with the Mavericks in 2020. 

The former NBA player’s son averaged 15.8 points per game during the regular season and improved his stat line in the postseason as he averaged 17.8 points in 42.1% FG shooting. Hardaway also finished as the third-highest scorer for the Mavs in the 2020 season.

2020 season average: 15.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists

4. Khris Middleton

Middleton is a player who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. The two-time NBA All-Star plays second fiddle behind Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Milwaukee Bucks. But he’s quite an effective leader to have on the court. 

The 6’7” forward averaged 20.9 points during the 2020 regular-season, 20.3 in the playoffs, and finished as second in the Bucks’ top-scorers list behind Giannis. Middleton and his Greek partner run the show in Milwaukee, but the former hardly receives credit. 

Dec 18, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives while defended by Milwaukee Bucks forwards Khris Middleton (22) and D.J. Wilson (5) in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

2020 season average: 20.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists

3. Bojan Bogdanovic

Bosnian big-man Bojan Bogdanovic enjoyed a tremendous rookie year with the Utah Jazz. When Rudy Gobert was busy with defensive duties, Bogdanovic stepped up and assisted Donovan Mitchell on the offensive end of the court. 

Bojan finished as the Jazz’s second-highest scorer during the regular season and he averaged 20.2 points per game to achieve the feat. 

2020 season average: 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists

2. Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown isn’t massively underrated, but his contributions are often overlooked in Boston. They have two superstar players in Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, but Brown puts in equal effort on the offensive end. 

He has improved his game vastly and his wing play is phenomenal. Brown put up averages of 21.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in the Celtics’ playoff run and proved to be an integral part of their offensive attack. 

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives to the basket past Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

2020 season average: 20.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. 

1. Spencer Dinwiddie

Why was Dinwiddie the most underrated player last season? Well, he led the Nets in regular-season scoring in 2020 (min 20 games). After Kyrie Irving sat out for the remainder of the season due to injury, the team needed a veteran to carry them and Dinwiddie proved his worth. 


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He didn’t play the postseason due to COVID, and the former Pistons star put an all-round regular-season performance and also led the team in assists. 

2020 season average: 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.8 assists. 


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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.