Underrated Players who May Have Big Impacts in Orlando


Bol Bol, Denver Nuggets

Westttown School's John Bol Ajak #0 is seen against Brewster Academy during a high school basketball game on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in the Bronx, NY. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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After his impressive scrimmage debut, with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks, there has been a ton of hype around Bol Bol. However, it may be time to believe the hype. He is a 7 footer who can defend at the rim, run the floor, shoot the ball and create for teammates. Having him and Jokic on the floor together may be a weapon some teams just cannot stop, especially with other shooters like Murray and Harris on the court with them.

Terance Davis, Toronto Raptors

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Davis has been a great surprise for the Raptors this season, giving them good minutes off the bench and having some big individual performances. The kid is just a tough minded guard, who competes on both ends and has a lot in his offensive arsenal. Expect him to step in during these playoffs and give the Raptors great energy off the bench, as well as a few 15-20 point efforts in there as well.

Robert Covington, Houston Rockets

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Covington is a huge part in dictating how far the Rockets will go in Orlando. He may be the team’s best defender, and needs to offer a lot on offense as well. He is a proven 3 and D player, and needs to knock shots down consistently for the Rockets small ball offense. He will likely be guarding 4’s and 5’s during these playoffs, so his defensive effort will be a huge priority for Houston to challenge the best in the west.

Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Washington Wizards NBA Draft Pick Rui Hachimura poses for a portrait at Capital One Arena on June 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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With Beal and Bertans not playing for Washington, Rui will carry a lot of responsibility for the undermanned Wizards. If they hope to get in as the 8th seed in the East, he will need to help steal them at least 2-3 games, and will need to dominate either Orlando or Brooklyn in a play in game scenario. This will be valuable experience for him, but the team will need him to play like a veteran to stand a chance.

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