The Most Underrated Playoff Lineup

Point Guard

Terry Rozier

“Terry Rozier will be an All-Star in the next three years.” All my friends laughed at my tweet I sent out in February. Well, I’m laughing to the bank because I bought my Terry Rozier stock way before you losers jumped on the Rozierwagon.

Eric Bledsoe had no right to say, ““I don’t even know who the f— that is?” Bledsoe should read the scouting report because this guy who he doesn’t know is tearing him to shreds.

The scouting report reads 40 made threes, second only to James Harden. ‘Scary Terry’ has produced an otherworldly 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, debatably owning the moniker of best healthy Celtics player. Begging the question; Is Kyrie replaceable now? Okay, that might be a stretch, but still.

Rozier is ‘Bumblebee’ from Transformers, transforming from a shitty 1976 Chevy Camaro into a fresh 2009 Chevy Camaro. Brad Stevens, Megan Fox, has made him look a lot better in his revolutionary offense. Rozier is ascending to unprecedented levels and might eventually propel into a Kyrie-role (Optimus Prime) on a team like the Suns or Magic. Hey, Bumblebee turns into a 2018 Chevy Camaro by the end of those movies (that reminds me never to watch those Transformers ever again, thanks).

Shooting Guard

Jrue Holiday

By this point is he really underrated? Jrue Holiday has fortified his role as the jack-of-all-trades, “I am trading for him in every 2k18 association I play in” kind of player. Not only has he showcased his ability to guard the point guard through small forward with scary dominance, but he has proven to be a do be a powerful offensive force as well. He has thrown a crazy stat line. He absolutely embarrassed Damian Lillard, making him look more like his backup, Shabazz Napier, then the Dame Dolla Sign we have all learned to love.

He has produced 23 points, 6 boards, and 6 assists while being the clear-cut swiss army knife alongside passing wizard Rondo and legit superstar AD. He may end up being worth that 5 year, $126 million contract after all.

Nonetheless, color me surprised. If you were to tell me 4 years ago that freaking Jrue Holiday would be playing the 3 on a team that featured E’twaun Moore as their third-best scorer, I would have sent you to the nearest looney bin. If he doesn’t make the All-NBA third team and isn’t defensive player of the year, then my answer is yes, this dude is still underrated.

Small Forward

Joe Ingles

Substitute math teacher. Crazy science teacher. Toby from The Office. That forgettable college friend. He has been donned a million things that he looks similar to, and while we can’t agree on that, we can all come to the conclusion that he is out-balling our expectations. Averaging 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while wiping so-called Playoff P from existence, Ingles has made a name for himself. Dare I say he was the best Australian in the playoffs. Okay, that might be pushing it but who would have thought that forgettable college friend would end up so illustrious.

Power Forward

James Johnson

As a Bulls fan, this is the one that got away. Okay, not really but you get where I’m coming from. This guy has morphed from a young project into a guy that can guard a top-10 talent in the world, Ben Simmons. He has averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists while being one of the most efficient players in the playoffs. He handles the ball like he’s Lebron-lite, faking handoffs like he’s a Ben Simmons replica.

Maybe if I could go back in time I would beg Jerry Reinsdorf to keep this dude, or maybe I wouldn’t. Here’s to continued James Johnson success as a quirky modern NBA power forward.

Center

Hassan Whiteside.

Not.

Clint Capela

All jokes aside, Clint Capela is that dude. His prevailing play against Rudy Gobert has sparked talk for a max contract this Summer. Being one of the only centers that can play versus the Warriors, Clint has become irreplaceable for Houston. Not many can outrebound a man with a 7’9’’ wingspan, yet somehow the incredible Capela did. He also outscored Gobert 3 out of the 5 games. In doing so, Clint Capela made a name for himself while justifying a max contract this Summer.

15.2 points, 13 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per 36 minutes with Harden and Paul hogging the ball. He erases shots at an unprecedented rate, averaging the most blocks in the playoffs.

We need a nickname that fits Capela. The French freak? Chef? Mon Grand (big guy in English)? How about effaceur humain (human eraser)?

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