Most Underrated Players In Every Team’s History – Eastern Conference
NBA Players who deserve more respect put on their names
Artis Gilmore‘s numbers after signing with the Chicago Bulls in the NBA were a little underwhelming – not because he was a bad player, but because he was simply unbelievable in the ABA. He won ROTY and MVP in the same season, averaging 24 points and 18 rebounds per game while also leading the league in field goal percentage at nearly 60 percent and leading the Kentucky Colonels to the ABA championship in 1975.
He would average 19 points and 13 rebounds per game in his first season at the NBA level in 76-77 and would go on to average as much as 24 PPG. He averaged a double double in points and rebounds every season (except for 9RPG in 79-80) with the Bulls and was a decent rim protector, making him one of the best all-around big men in the history of the franchise, despite not reaching his ABA stats.
In his time between the ABA and NBA, Gilmore would make it to 11 All-Star Games (5 ABA, 6 NBA), three All-ABA First Teams, four ABA All-Defensive First Teams and one NBA All-Defensive Second Team.