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Day Thirteen Of 2021 NBA Preseason: Under-The-Radar Players Who Stood Out

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2021 NBA Preseason wrapped up on Friday night. 

The NBA’s 75th season will tip off this Tuesday.

Boston Celtics

Romeo Langford: Definitely looks ready for a meaningful role this season. Also collected 2 steals vs. Miami. 18 points, 4-6 3-PT

Dennis Schroder: The former Laker is now back to a bench role for his new Boston club. Averaged 18.9 PPG off the bench with OKC in 2019-2020. 13 points, 6 assists

Josh Richardson: Veteran with skills on both ends. Brings playoff experience to Boston. 12 points, 3 assists

Enes Kanter: Double-double ability if given the minutes. High level rebounder. 4 points, 4 rebounds

Miami Heat

Markieff Morris: Brought toughness off the bench during preseason. Scorer and rebounder with strength. 11 points, 6 rebounds

Max Strus: Shooter who can take over games. Expect his minutes to increase in 2021-2022. 10 points, 5 rebounds

Gabe Vincent: Vincent has improved his overall skillset. Makes the right plays. 7 points, 2 assists

Philadelphia 76ers

Andre Drummond: Non-stop motor around the rim. Also dished out 3 assists and blocked 2 shots vs. Detroit. 17 points, 7 rebounds

Tyrese Maxey: Maxey’s potential was on full display last season. Look for the young guard to keep getting better this year. 16 points, 5 rebounds

Isaiah Joe: Three point shooting can make a difference. Had a solid preseason. 14 points, 4-8 3-PT

Paul Reed: Underrated big man with a smooth feel. Also recorded 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks last night. 15 points, 7 rebounds

Shaquille Harrison: Athlete who defends and gets out on the break. Energy is always there. 8 points, 3 steals

Charles Bassey: Late second round pick out of Western Kentucky. Big man skills on both ends. 7 points, 2 blocks

Aaron Henry: High energy undrafted rookie out of Michigan State. Also dished out 3 assists and came up with 2 steals on Friday. 7 points, 4 rebounds

Detroit Pistons

Isaiah Stewart: Stewart competes extremely hard. Also blocked 2 shots vs. Philadelphia. 17 points, 12 rebounds 

Frank Jackson: Jackson had a productive preseason. Poised guard. 13 points, 3 steals

Josh Jackson: Overall game has expanded for sure. Also collected 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks on Friday. 14 points, 4-8 3-PT

Kelly Olynyk: Shooter you can count on off the bench. Plenty of starter experience. 10 points, 2-4 3-PT

Saben Lee: Makes an impact with his basketball IQ. Also came down with 5 rebounds last night. 11 points, 8 assists

Hamidou Diallo: Made an encouraging jump last season. Underrated ball handler. 6 points, 2 assists

Luka Garza: Rookie with solid fundamentals. Played hard in short minutes during preseason. 6 points, 2 rebounds

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cedi Osman: Veteran who knows the game. Versatile offensive player. 14 points, 4-7 3-PT

Mitchell Ballock: Undrafted rookie shooter out of Creighton. Shot 39.8% from three point range in college. 12 points, 3-5 3-PT

Tacko Fall: Plays under control and brings great size. Also recorded 2 steals on Friday. 8 points, 5 rebounds

Isaac Okoro: Defender who can get going when he’s making shots. Great motor. 5 points, 2-3 FG

Kevin Love: Former champion with a high basketball IQ. Will come off the bench this season. 10 points, 2-3 3-PT

Ricky Rubio: Few point guards can run an offense like Rubio. Solid leadership qualities. 4 points, 3 assists

Dean Wade: Strong 6’9” shooter. Also put up 7 rebounds and 2 steals vs. Indiana. 12 points, 2-4 3-PT

RJ Nembhard: Versatile undrafted rookie out of TCU. Cleveland converted Nembhard to a two-way contract today. 9 points, 3-5 3-PT

Indiana Pacers

Goga Bitadze: Third year player hoping for more minutes in 2021-2022. Also had 6 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. Cleveland. 18 points, 4-7 3-PT

Isaiah Jackson: Jackson has quite the potential. Showed off his shooting ability last night. 12 points, 2-4 3-PT

TJ McConnell: Effort you can count on. Makes an impact without scoring. 5 assists, 3 steals

DeJon Jarreau: Undrafted rookie playmaker out of Houston. Looked versatile at Summer League for the Heat. 7 points, 3 assists

Washington Wizards

Raul Neto: Veteran guard who makes the most of his minutes. Underrated scorer. 25 points, 10-13 FG

Daniel Gafford: Looked impressive in every preseason game. Also blocked 4 shots vs. New York. 12 points, 10 rebounds

Montrezl Harrell: Playing comfortable in Washington. Brings maximum effort each night. 11 points, 2 blocks

Aaron Holiday: Versatile guard with multiple skills. Also dished out 4 assists on Friday. 14 points, 7 rebounds

Corey Kispert: The rookie can certainly get hot from deep. Smooth feel for the game. 9 points, 3-4 3-PT

New York Knicks

Obi Toppin: Toppin looks more comfortable going into year two. Also recorded 3 assists and 3 blocks vs. Washington. 9 points, 8 rebounds

Mitchell Robinson: Active big man with a bunch of skills. Hoping for health this season. 6 points, 9 rebounds

Dallas Mavericks

Jalen Brunson: Brunson makes winning plays. Also passed out 5 assists vs. Milwaukee. 17 points, 6 rebounds

Dwight Powell: Veteran big man with athleticism. Energy is always there. 12 points, 2-3 3-PT

Maxi Kleber: Kleber shot 41.0% from three point range last season. Efficient jumper. 9 points, 3-5 3-PT

Trey Burke: Ball handler with solid off the dribble moves. Pure scorer off the bench. 14 points, 5 rebounds

Sterling Brown: Rebounding guard who can shoot it. Also put up 5 rebounds and 4 assists last night. 11 points, 3-6 3-PT

Josh Green: Second year player hoping for more minutes in 2021-2022. Looks improved. 7 points, 3 rebounds

Feron Hunt: Stood out in short minutes during preseason. Potential is there for sure. 9 points, 2 steals

Milwaukee Bucks

Grayson Allen: Shooter who can get going at a high level. Competitive guard. 13 points, 3-6 3-PT

George Hill: The veteran understands winning basketball. Leader off the bench. 4 points, 2 assists

Thanasis Antetokounmpo: Non stop energy. Runs the break and makes the right passes. 4 points, 3 assists

Tremont Waters: Energetic guard with skills on both ends. Also collected 2 steals on Friday. 2 points, 2 assists

Memphis Grizzlies

Kyle Anderson: Anderson should see important minutes to start the year with Dillon Brooks injured. Also blocked 3 shots vs. Chicago. 7 points, 6 rebounds

Brandon Clarke: 25-year-old who keeps the game simple. Solid versatility. 9 points, 2-3 3-PT

De’Anthony Melton: High basketball IQ off the bench. Also recorded 4 assists and 4 steals last night. 6 points, 5 rebounds

Tyus Jones: Poised veteran point guard. Continues to produce in short minutes. 5 points, 5 assists

Xavier Tillman: Competitive big man with strength. Effective defender, shooter, and playmaker. 4 points, 2 steals

Chicago Bulls

Alex Caruso: Provides an instant spark off the bench. Energy is contagious. 9 points, 2 steals

Alize Johnson: Johnson earned a roster spot by playing extremely hard in preseason. High motor rebounder. 6 points, 5 rebounds

Javonte Green: Athlete who knows his role. Defends and runs the floor with a purpose. 3 points, 2 steals

Stanley Johnson: Improved shooter who can defend, rebound, and pass. Still just 25-years-old. 3 points, 2 assists

Houston Rockets

Alperen Sengun: Expect Sengun to have a solid rookie year. Also blocked 3 shots vs. San Antonio. 15 points, 12 rebounds

Jalen Green: The #2 pick didn’t shoot it well during preseason, but definitely got to his spots. Consistency will come with time, great talent. 16 points, 7-8 FT

David Nwaba: Athlete with a high motor. Productive bench minutes. 7 points, 6 rebounds

San Antonio Spurs

Doug McDermott: Shooter in his prime. Efficient scorer. 16 points, 4 assists

Jakob Poeltl: Seven footer who plays under control. Also had 3 assists and 2 blocks vs. Houston. 7 points, 7 rebounds

Devin Vassell: Second year player with size and strength. Progressing in the right direction. 13 points, 8 rebounds

Drew Eubanks: Eubanks has improved each season. Also blocked 2 shots on Friday. 10 points, 9 rebounds

Lonnie Walker: Coach Pop likes what he sees out of Walker’s development. Started in 38 games last season. 5 points, 2 rebounds

Josh Primo: Impressive athlete with a ton of talent. High potential. 4 points, 2-2 FG

Portland Trail Blazers

Robert Covington: Defender who can shoot from outside. Also collected 5 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. Golden State. 10 points, 2-3 3-PT

CJ Elleby: Second year guard working on his consistency. Skills on both ends. 9 points, 2 assists

Dennis Smith Jr: Played very well during preseason. Also recorded 7 assists and 3 steals last night. 7 points, 5 rebounds

Trendon Watford: Versatile undrafted rookie. Expect Watford to keep getting better. 3 points, 2 steals

Marquese Chriss: Still very young at 24. Also had 2 blocks and 2 steals on Friday. 6 points, 4 rebounds

Golden State Warriors

Jordan Poole: In a great rhythm right now. Scorer who can erupt. 16 points, 3 rebounds

Nemanja Bjelica: Bjelica played super efficient basketball during preseason. Also put up 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks vs. Portland. 12 points, 6 rebounds

Moses Moody: Had some nice moments in short minutes during preseason. Learning every day. 9 points, 6 rebounds

Damion Lee: Rebounding guard who brings it on both ends. Fits in wells with any lineup. 9 points, 7 rebounds

Otto Porter Jr: The veteran makes the right plays. Shooting you can count on. 6 points, 2-4 3-PT

Andre Iguodala: Iguodala is happy to be back with Golden State. Also dished out 6 assists on Friday. 3 points, 6 rebounds

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