He may be a four-time All-Star, but according to Johnson's colleagues, he's vastly underappreciated. The Hawks' shooting guard, who leads his team in scoring and assists this season, garnered 8.9 percent in a recent SI poll of the most underrated players in the league (the survey of 190 players was conducted in late 2009).<br><br>Here are some other players who, apparently, don't receive enough love in the NBA. (All stats are through Feb. 3.)
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The 26th pick in the 2002 draft, Salmons averaged a career-high 18.3 points last season while splitting time between the Kings and Bulls. Salmons, who lost his starting job in Chicago in December, got 5.5 percent of the vote.
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The versatile Odom came off the bench during the Lakers' championship run last season to average 12.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in the playoffs. After signing a lucrative deal to stay in L.A. last summer, Odom's numbers have a slipped a little, but he still received 4.1 percent of the vote in this poll.
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Only 6-foot-7, Wallace (4.7 percent in poll) has the body of a shooting guard but is averaging double-digit rebounds. In fact, of the top 35 rebounders in the league, he is the only one under 6-9. The nine-year veteran was named to his first All-Star team this season.
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Far and away the Knicks' most productive player, Lee is averaging 19.7 points and 11.5 boards. He made a strong case for the All-Star team but wasn't selected as an Eastern Conference reserve by the coaches. However, he did receive 3.4 percent in the poll.
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Ariza, who finished sixth in the poll at 2.7 percent, played a key role during the Lakers' championship run last season. He's struggled with his shooting since signing a big free-agent contract with the Rockets, but he's started every game, averaged 15.6 points and given Houston solid defense on the perimeter.
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The three-time All-Star defies his 7-foot, 250-pound frame with quickness and a varied shot selection. Though he's dealt with a few injuries this season, Gasol has undeniably been a force for the Lakers inside. In the SI poll, 2.7 percent of voters said he's underappreciated.
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In his first season with the Trail Blazers, Miller made headlines this year when he scored a career-high 52 points in an overtime win against the Mavericks on Jan. 30. He's never made the All-Star team despite career averages of 14.5 points and 7.3 assists -- numbers good enough to earn 2.7 percent in the underrated poll.
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