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

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Seven games were played during day four of 2021 NBA Preseason.

Pelicans rookie Trey Murphy III is a name to keep an eye on this upcoming season.

Los Angeles Lakers

Malik Monk: Monk has looked great during preseason. Hard to stop when he gets going on offense. 18 points, 4-7 3-PT

Talen Horton-Tucker: Continues to build on all parts of his game. Jump shot has improved. 11 points, 2-4 3-PT

Kendrick Nunn: Brings starter experience over from the Heat. Athletic guard that can provide energy for LA this season. 11 points, 3 rebounds

DeAndre Jordan: The veteran has brought great energy so far in preseason. Also grabbed 7 rebounds on Wednesday. 6 points, 3-3 FG

Rajon Rondo: Rondo’s minutes have gone down the last few years, but he still can make a huge impact. One of the best basketball IQ’s in the NBA. 4 points, 5 assists

Kent Bazemore: Energy on both ends is always there. Shot 40.8% from three point range last season. 6 points, 2-4 FG

Chaundee Brown: Definitely looks like an NBA player so far. Very consistent player. 9 points, 3-3 FG

Austin Reaves: Basketball IQ has stood out since Summer League. Confident youngster with multiple skills. 10 points, 3 assists

Phoenix Suns

Cam Johnson: Keeps the game simple on both ends. Gets to his spots in rhythm for three point jumpers. 13 points, 2-2 3-PT

JaVale McGee: Veteran that can give quality minutes as a big. Will be interesting to see if McGee is in the rotation this season. 12 points, 4 rebounds

Cam Payne: Payne provided a big spark for Phoenix during their run to the Finals. Energetic scoring and passing guard. 11 points, 5 assists

Landry Shamet: Shamet can definitely shoot the ball and make plays. Underrated ball handler. 6 points, 4 assists

Abdel Nader: Versatility is there for sure. Shooting can help the Suns when called on. 10 points, 4-4 FT

Frank Kaminsky: Veteran big with a polished offensive skillset. Quality minutes. 9 points, 2 steals 

Jalen Smith: Smith has averaged 10.0 RPG through 2 preseason games. The 21-year-old was a top 10 pick in 2020. 4 points, 9 rebounds

San Antonio Spurs

Bryn Forbes: Forbes is shooting the ball at a high level from deep so far. Can score points in a hurry from three point range. 20 points, 6-8 3-PT

Doug McDermott: Scores the ball with consistency. Had his best season last year. 9 points, 4-8 FG

Lonnie Walker: Didn’t shoot the ball well vs. Detroit, but still had some nice moments on offense. Now going into his fourth season in San Antonio. 13 points, 2 assists

Devin Vassell: Shooter with underrated athleticism. Also came down with 7 rebounds last night. 8 points, 2-4 3-PT

Thaddeus Young: Playmaker with size that makes an impact in different ways. Averaged a career high 4.3 APG last season. 5 points, 8 rebounds

Jock Landale: Landale’s strength in the post has stood out in short minutes. Nice signing by the Spurs. 4 points, 4 rebounds

Luka Samanic: Versatile big man that can shoot and post up. Plays under control. 6 points, 3-5 FG

Al-Farouq Aminu: Veteran that can still make versatile plays on both ends. Was a part of the DeMar DeRozan sign & trade over the summer. 5 points, 2-2 FG

Detroit Pistons

Cory Joseph: Veteran point guard that knows how to run an offense. Also dished out 6 assists on Wednesday. 14 points, 7-10 FG

Kelly Olynyk: Shooter that brings solid experience. Olynyk averaged a career high 13.5 PPG last season. 14 points, 6 assists

Josh Jackson: Can definitely get going when he’s making shots. Gets to his spots on offense. 16 points, 4 rebounds

Trey Lyles: Big man that can space the floor. Shot the ball well from deep vs. San Antonio. 9 points, 3-4 3-PT

Isaiah Stewart: Non stop motor in the paint. Made All-Rookie Second Team last season. 5 points, 8 rebounds

Saben Lee: Ball handler that brings a high level of energy. Also blocked 2 shots on Wednesday. 5 points, 2 steals

Hamidou Diallo: Underrated playmaker. Athlete who makes an impact with his feel for the game. 9 points, 6 rebounds

Luka Garza: Rookie out of Iowa with many different attributes. Looked impressive in short minutes during his preseason debut. 4 points, 2 blocks

Cleveland Cavaliers

Evan Mobley: Mobley looked confident through 2 preseason games. Skillset as a big man has a lot of potential. 8 points, 12 rebounds

Isaac Okoro: Versatile youngster that keeps improving on both ends. Started in every game he was healthy for last season. 12 points, 3 steals

Lauri Markkanen: Now a Cavalier after being with the Bulls from 2017-2021. Brings quality play off the bench. 11 points, 4 rebounds

Ricky Rubio: Rubio had a stellar performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Point guard with a dynamic basketball IQ. 8 points, 6 assists

Cedi Osman: Played hard in short minutes vs. Atlanta. Still very young at 26. 5 points, 2-4 FG

Atlanta Hawks

Cam Reddish: Reddish is playing very productive basketball early on in preseason. Also had 5 steals last night. 20 points, 4-8 3-PT

Gorgui Dieng: Underrated big man who brings strength and shooting. Solid feel for the game. 13 points, 11 rebounds

Sharife Cooper: Rookie out of Auburn with energetic playmaking skills. Fast point guard with potential. 9 points, 5 assists

Orlando Magic

Terrence Ross: Veteran who can score the ball at a high level. Averaged a career high 15.6 PPG last season. 11 points, 5-8 FG

Cole Anthony: Didn’t shoot the ball well last night, but still was aggressive. Went 7-7 from the free throw line. 12 points, 6 rebounds

Mo Bamba: Bamba has a big season ahead of him. Hoping to prove he’s a quality big man in 2021-2022. 7 points, 3 rebounds

E’Twaun Moore: Veteran guard that had a nice scoring run last night. Spent last year with the Phoenix Suns. 6 points, 3 rebounds

Hassani Gravett: 25-year-old who can score the ball on offense. Impressed vs. New Orleans in short minutes. 9 points, 3-3 3-PT

New Orleans Pelicans

Trey Murphy III: The rookie is balling out through 2 games in preseason. Great draft selection by the Pelicans. 20 points, 6-9 3-PT

Nickeil Alexander-Walker: Looking very comfortable scoring the ball. Also had 5 assists and 2 steals vs. Orlando. 19 points, 5-9 3-PT

Kira Lewis Jr: Improvement on his jumper has been there during the first two preseason games. Only 20-years-old and getting better every day. 10 points, 4 assists

Josh Hart: Veteran you can count on to go as hard as possible on both ends. Accepts the challenge of guarding star players. 9 points, 6 rebounds

Herb Jones: Versatility is impressive. 2021 SEC Player of the Year who was the #35 pick back in late July. 6 points, 2 steals

Willy Hernangomez: Veteran big man that knows what works for him. Active around the glass. 7 points, 7 rebounds

Utah Jazz

Jared Butler: The Jazz got a steal in Butler, picking him at #40 in the draft. Skillful guard that doesn’t back down. 22 points, 4 assists

Eric Paschall: Paschall saw his minutes go down in 2020-2021, but certainly knows how to play this game. All-Rookie First Team member a few years ago. 13 points, 3 rebounds

Trent Forrest: Shot a low percentage last night, but made plays and defended at a high level. Also blocked 2 shots vs. Dallas. 8 points, 6 assists

Udoka Azubuike: Looks ready for a meaningful role in his second year. Efficient player on both ends. 5 points, 14 rebounds

Malik Fitts: Made a strong case to make Utah’s roster on Wednesday. Confident scorer. 12 points, 4-5 3-PT

Elijah Hughes: Playing improved early on during preseason. Appeared in 18 games during his rookie year. 11 points, 3 assists

MaCio Teague: Played hard in short minutes. Coming off winning a national title at Baylor. 4 points, 2-4 FG

Dallas Mavericks

Carlik Jones: Undrafted rookie who deserves a chance in the NBA. Explosive offensive skills. 13 points, 6-10 FG

Boban Marjanovic: The veteran big man continues to make an impact with his size. Polished basketball IQ. 14 points, 2-2 3-PT

Jalen Brunson: Versatile offensive player. Also came down with 5 rebounds vs. Utah. 10 points, 8 assists

Moses Brown: Now with the Mavericks after a solid season in OKC. Productive finisher and rebounder. 6 points, 6 rebounds

Willie Cauley-Stein: Brings energy off the bench. Goes hard to the basket on pick & rolls, can shot block and rebound. 6 points, 9 rebounds

Maxi Kleber: Continues to be an efficient three point shooter every season. Understands the game very well. 7 points, 2-3 FG

Feron Hunt: Athletic undrafted rookie who runs the floor hard. Third Team All AAC last season at SMU. 6 points, 2 steals

Eugene Omoruyi: Undrafted rookie out of Oregon with a high motor. Also dished out 3 assists on Wednesday. 3 points, 6 rebounds

Denver Nuggets

PJ Dozier: Dozier has worked very hard to get his chance in the NBA. Basketball IQ makes a difference for Denver. 13 points, 2 steals

JaMychal Green: Can always be counted to play under control. Has brought consistency on both ends his whole career. 12 points, 2-3 3-PT

Bones Hyland: Quick guard with many different moves on offense. Also came up with 2 steals vs. Golden State. 11 points, 6 assists

Jeff Green: Green’s feel for the game is polished. Veteran who can give Denver quality minutes. 10 points, 4 rebounds

Monte Morris: Composed guard who understands winning basketball. Makes the right plays. 8 points, 3 assists

Facundo Campazzo: Campazzo’s energy brings a spark off Denver’s bench. Playmaker who defends at a high level. 6 points, 2-2 FG

Zeke Nnaji: Definitely can bring energy when needed. Hoping for more playing time in his second season. 5 points, 5 rebounds

Vlatko Cancar: Had a solid run for the Slovenian national team over the summer. Now entering his third season in the NBA. 5 points, 3 assists

Golden State Warriors

Otto Porter Jr: Shooting the ball great early on during preseason. Gets to his spots for efficient looks on jumpers. 15 points, 4-6 3-PT

Jordan Poole: Poole was recently named Golden State’s starting shooting guard until Klay Thompson gets back. Confidence on offense is sky high right now. 17 points, 3 assists

Nemanja Bjelica: Veteran who can impact winning for the Warriors. Nice pick up by Bob Myers. 13 points, 3-5 3-PT

Kevon Looney: Sets strong screens and defends. Started in 34 games last season. 6 points, 8 rebounds

Damion Lee: Energy continues to stand out. Basketball IQ off the bench fits in well. 8 points, 3-5 FG

Moses Moody: #14 pick out of Arkansas with a bunch of potential on offense. Composed skillset. 6 points, 2-3 3-PT

Juan Toscano-Anderson: Does what it takes to win. Competitiveness is at a very high level. 3 points, 5 assists

Sacramento Kings

Davion Mitchell: Continues to impress on both ends. Also dished out 4 assists vs. the Clippers. 13 points, 3-3 3-PT

Terence Davis: Davis can provide instant offense off the bench. Makes an impact with his shooting and defense. 15 points, 2 steals

Tristan Thompson: Big man who brings competitiveness. Former champion with a high motor. 6 points, 11 rebounds

Alex Len: Brought efficiency in short minutes vs. LA. Averages 6.0 RPG & 1.0 BPG for his career. 5 points, 2-2 FG

Los Angeles Clippers

Terance Mann: Mann looks ready for a career season. Makes winning plays and keeps the game simple. 11 points, 4-6 FG

Brandon Boston Jr: Only went 6-19 from the field, but took good shots and got to the free throw line. Shot 6-6 on free throws. 20 points, 7 rebounds

Ivica Zubac: Productive big man minutes. Efficient player on both ends. 7 points, 4 rebounds

Moses Wright: NBA ready strength and energy. Motor has stood out during the first two preseason games. 7 points, 5 rebounds

Jay Scrubb: Developing into a versatile scorer. Appeared in 4 games last season. 8 points, 3-6 FG

Harry Giles: Giles is extremely underrated as a big man. Competes with great energy. 3 points, 6 rebounds

Isaiah Hartenstein: The 23-year-old is hoping to make the Clippers roster this season. Also had 3 assists last night. 2 points, 3 rebounds

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