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The NBA's Unsung Heroes
Jack McCallum
March 09, 1987
Which of the best players get the least ink? Herewith, SI's NBA All-Underrated team
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March 09, 1987

The Nba's Unsung Heroes

Which of the best players get the least ink? Herewith, SI's NBA All-Underrated team

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If you want to fill the position, combine Rollins's size (7'1", 235), Gminski's shooting touch and the intensity in Stipo's eyes. But that still doesn't come close to making one Akeem Olajuwon or Moses Malone.

Small forward: Paul Pressey. Milwaukee Bucks, 6'5", 185, Tulsa, fifth season.

Career stats: 11.4 points. 4.35 rebounds, 5.08 assists, 1.51 steals.

This season: 10.2.3.5.5.25. 1.24.

"I don't think Pressey belongs, because he gets a lot of publicity for being underrated," said one player. Said another: "It's hard to tell what position to put him at."

Never mind, we'll take him. If not at point forward, where he was the NBA's prototype, then at small forward, where Bucks coach Don Nelson will station him most of the time, barring further injury to Sidney Moncrief. Anyway, because the Milwaukee team consists largely of unsung heroes, it would be sinful not to include a Buck on an underrated team, and Pressey's the guy. "He's the most important player on our team." said Nelson. When he recovers completely from an injury to his right ring finger, watch the Bucks really start to roll in the Central Division

Power forward: Herb Williams. Indiana Pacers, 6'10", 242, Ohio State, sixth season.

Career stats: 16.3 points. 8.08 rebounds, 2.03 blocked shots, 2.73 assists.

This season: 13.2.6.75. 1.05. 1.67.

Williams has been bothered by bruised ribs this season, and his below-average numbers reflect it. But he's coming on now, and he'll be even more effective on offense when Indiana's opponents start doubling up on rookie Chuck Person. We also considered Philadelphia's Roy Hinson, but he has been inconsistent. Williams gets the nod for his tough, steady play on a team just now-beginning to emerge.

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