Two Knicks Players Make List of Underrated Players

Two Knicks Players Make List of Underrated Players
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The New York Knicks made a surprising run in this season's NBA's Playoffs, thanks in large part to contributions from a player who has grown in each of his first three years with the team.

Knicks fans, especially those who dabble with NY sportsbooks, have seen the ongoing progress by Immanuel Quickley.

If you think Quickley is underrated, here are some rankings to say you are right.

EmpireStakes.com – your source for NY sports betting apps – crunched some data to come up with a list of the 25 most underrated players in the NBA during the 2022-23 season.

Both Quickley and teammate Quentin Grimes made the list.

We utilized Basketball-Reference.com to find the cap hit and point shares of every NBA player during 2022-23 NBA regular season. After doing the math of the $ per point share for each player in the league, we were able to determine the most value-driven players from this season. Salary and point shares were included for all teams the player was on during the 2022-23 season.

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Most Underrated NBA Players of 2022-23 Season

                      
Rank Player Name Cap Hit (2022-23) Point Shares (2022-23)* $ Per Point Share*
 1 Warriors F Anthony Lamb $694,878 2.4 $289,533
 2 Lakers F Austin Reaves $1,563,518 5.4 $289,540
 3 Wizards F/C Daniel Gafford $1,930,681 6.1 $316,505
 4 Knicks G Immanuel Quickley $2,316,240 6.7 $345,707
 5 Rockets F Kenyon Martin Jr. $1,782,621 4.9 $363,800
 6 Grizzlies G Desmond Bane $2,130,240 5.8 $367,283
 7 Jazz F/C Walker Kessler $2,696,400 7.1 $379,775
 8 Pelicans F Trey Murphy III $3,206,520 7.6 $421,911
 T-9 Hornets F/C Nick Richards $1,782,621 4.2 $424,434
 T-9 Grizzlies F/C Xavier Tillman $1,782,621 4.2 $424,434
 11 Pelicans F Herbert Jones $1,785,000 4.2 $425,000
 12 Trail Blazers F/C Drew Eubanks $1,968,175 4.4 $447,313
 13 Clippers G/F Terance Mann $1,930,681 4.3 $448,996
 14 Grizzlies F Santi Aldama $2,094,120 4.6 $455,243
 15 T-Wolves F/C Luka Garza $508,891 1.1 $462,628
 16 Knicks G Quentin Grimes $2,277,000 4.8 $474,375
 17 Nuggets F/C Thomas Bryant $1,968,175 4.1 $480,042
 18 Celtics F Sam Hauser $1,637,966 3.4 $481,755
 19 Thunder G Isaiah Joe $1,836,090 3.8 $483,182
 20 T-Wolves F Jaden McDaniels $2,161,440 4.4 $491,236
 21 76ers G Tyrese Maxey $2,726,880 5.4 $504,978
 22 Spurs G Tre Jones $1,782,621 3.4 $524,300
 23 Jazz G Kris Dunn $1,000,001 1.9 $526,316
 24 Heat G Max Strus $1,815,677 3.4 $534,023
 25 Bulls G Ayo Dosunmu $1,563,518 2.9 $539,144
* — Rounded up for visual purposes.

 

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Quickley Ranks 4th on the List

The cap hit for shooting guard Immanuel Quickley last season was $2,136,240. His point shares totaled 6.7, with $345,707 per point share. Judging by his performance during the year, Quickley  was worth every penny.

The 6-3, 190-pounder from Kentucky had his best season ever in his third year with the Knicks. He averaged 14.9 points per game (74th best in league), 4.2 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game (72nd), and shot 44.8% from the field (92nd).

Quickley helped propel New York to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, giving fans of New York NBA betting plenty to cheer about. Quickley helped the Knicks to the playoffs for the second time in three years and just the second time overall over the past 10 seasons.

He was ranked an impressive fourth overall in the NBA in our rankings. Fellow teammate and guard Grimes also made the Top 25 at No. 16.

Last month, Quickley finished second to Boston Celtics guard Malcolm Brogdon for the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award. Brogdon garnered 60 out of 100 first-place votes (408 total points) and Quickley recorded 34 first-place votes for 326 total points.

Grimes was a 2021 first-round pick by the Knicks out of Texas.

Which Other Teams Had Underrated Players?

The Knicks (2) joined the Memphis Grizzlies (3), Minnesota Timberwolves (2), Utah Jazz (2) and New Orleans Pelicans (2) as the only teams in the league that featured multiple players in the Top 25.

Eleven teams didn't have a player in the Top 25: the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns.

All four Conference Finals teams featured a player in the Top 25. 

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Author

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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