Fans love plenty of players who aren't exactly stars
Jared Dudley is the epitome of a fan favorite, a high-IQ hustle guy who consistently makes the right play despite having a simply average overall skill set.
Here are fan favorites for every NBA team, and while we attempted to showcase players like Dudley, in some markets, due to a variety of circumstances, the big-time players ended up winning out.
Kent Bazemore, SF, Atlanta Hawks
Bazemore was known for his bench celebrations early in his career, but he's developed into a solid rotation player who can do a little bit of everything to help his team win.
Bazemore started in 68 of his 75 regular-season appearances last year, and averaged 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.8 minutes per contest.
Marcus Smart, PG, Boston Celtics
Smart's energy on the defensive end of the floor anchored the bench unit for the Celtics last season. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while starting in just 10 of his 61 appearances.
Jeremy Lin, PG, Brooklyn Nets
On a Nets team devoid of any personality, the addition of Jeremy Lin in free agency this summer (with apologies to Brook Lopez) instantly makes him the new face of the franchise.
Frank Kaminsky, PF, Charlotte Hornets
The seven-footer with the quirky personality showed a nice level of production in his rookie season, averaging 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game off the bench.
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Taj Gibson, PF, Chicago Bulls
Gibson is the longest-tenured member of a Bulls team that's entering the season undergoing a huge transition. He'll be playing his eighth season in Chicago and shot a career-best 52.6 percent from the field last year.
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J.R. Smith, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
J.R. is a legend for many reasons, but he's also blossomed into a key rotation player capable of contributing on a championship squad. He started in all 77 of his regular season appearances last year, and averaged 30.7 minutes per game while knocking down 40 percent of his looks from three-point distance.
J.J. Barea, PG, Dallas Mavericks
Barea was a key rotation player on the Mavericks' championship team in 2011, and after a few years with the Timberwolves, he's been back in Dallas for the last two years.
The six-foot tall point guard averaged 10.9 points and 4.1 assists primarily in a reserve role last season.
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Kenneth Faried, SF, Denver Nuggets
The high-energy, high-flying big forward is entering his sixth season in Denver, and averaged 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per contest.
Stanley Johnson, SF, Detroit Pistons
Johnson immediately earned his way into the rotation during his rookie season, and that helped with his production on both ends of the floor. He averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game off the bench.
Draymond Green, PF, Golden State Warriors
Green can certainly be a pain to deal with sometimes, but considering the fact that he is the linchpin that holds these historically great Warriors together, he's more than worth the trouble.
In addition to being of of the league's most dynamic defenders, Green can put up numbers in virtually any category needed. He averaged career-highs in points (14.0), rebounds (9.5) and assists (7.4) in 34.7 minutes per game last season.
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Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston Rockets
Beverley is the perfect complement to play alongside James Harden, and enjoys his role as a relentless defensive nuisance who consistently gets under his opponents' skin. He was also the Rockets' best three-point shooter last season.
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Paul George, SF, Indiana Pacers
Paul George is Indiana's biggest star, but too much roster turnover with the Pacers means this is the guy the fans gravitate toward more than anyone else.
George is expecting big things for his team this year, and has set a personal goal of trying to take home MVP honors.
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Jamal Crawford, G, L.A. Clippers
Crawford has won the Sixth Man of the Year award two out of the last three seasons for a reason. He's instant offense off the bench for a very good Clippers team and finished last season by averaging 14.2 points in 26.9 minutes per contest.
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Larry Nance Jr., PF, L.A. Lakers
Nance averaged just 5.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in his rookie season with the Lakers but played consistently enough to showcase his crazy hops on a regular basis.
Tony Allen, SF, Memphis Grizzlies
Allen gave that plodding Grizzlies style its "Grit and Grind" moniker, and remains one of the game's best perimeter defenders. He averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, primarily as a starter in 25.3 minutes per contest.
Udonis Haslem, PF, Miami Heat
Haslem has played his entire 13-year career in Miami, and though he's no longer much of an on-court contributor, his well-respected locker room leadership means he can stick around as long as he likes.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, G/F, Milwaukee Bucks
Antetokounmpo has such a unique combination of size and skill set that it's easy to see why he's so well-liked. The 6-foot-11 big man played plenty of point guard last season, and highlights often showed him needing only a few dribbles to cover the length of the floor in transition. He averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game last season.
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Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
As Rubio gets set to enter his sixth NBA season with the Timberwolves, the very real questions about his shooting remain a concern. But with his elite court vision and above-average defense, he's a perfect fit with the rest of the young core -- at least until rookie point guard Kris Dunn proves he's ready. And, boy, his passing is fun to watch.
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Anthony Davis, PF, New Orleans Pelicans
Davis is the franchise player, and with so much turnover on an otherwise underwhelming roster, there isn't much else for the fans in New Orleans to be excited about this season.
But if he can ever stay healthy consistently, Davis is a top-five player in the league who is worth building around. If there's good news here, it's that the Pelicans have time to figure things out, because Davis is under contract for three more years after this one.
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Kristaps Porzingis, PF, New York Knicks
Knicks fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief last season when Porzingis, who few had seen play before the NBA Draft, turned out to be amazing during his rookie year.
The 7-foot-3 big man averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and almost two blocked shots per game, while shooting better than 33 percent from three-point distance.
Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
The quirky big man from New Zealand can be counted on for more than just interesting quotes. The 23-year-old is an excellent two-way player and averaged 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game last season.
Elfrid Payton, PG, Orlando Magic
You can't help but notice the hair, but Payton showed an improved grasp of the game in his second year as Orlando's starting point guard. He averaged a career-best 10.7 points and 6.4 assists while improving his shooting numbers across the board.
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Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers
Embiid is finally on the court in Philadelphia, and Sixers fans couldn't be happier.
In limited preseason action, Embiid seemed to be the real deal, displaying his unique skill set on both ends of the floor. And the fact that he continuously quotes former GM Sam Hinkie's "Trust the process" line has only further endeared him to fans of the franchise.
Jared Dudley, SF, Phoenix Suns
Dudley spent five years in Phoenix, and after stints with three other teams in the last three seasons, he's back with the Suns to provide veteran leadership to the team's young stable of players.
Dudley has always been good for an interesting quote, and has one of the highest basketball IQs around. He's a hustle guy who always makes the right play, even without the athleticism that many of his peers possess.
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Allen Crabbe, SG, Portland Trail Blazers
Crabbe was a key component of Portland's bench unit last season, and after the team surprised many by making it to the second round of the playoffs he was rewarded for his efforts with a deal worth $75 million over the next four years.
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DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings
The All-Star big man is really the only player of note on what projects to be a dreadful Kings team yet again, and fans in Sacramento (and a few elsewhere) love his cranky style of play.
Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio Spurs
Ginobili is back for a 15th NBA season, and he's spent his entire career in San Antonio. The 39-year-old is still capable of contributing as a meaningful part of the rotation and averaged 9.6 points in 19.6 minutes off the bench last season.
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Norman Powell, SG, Toronto Raptors
Powell started the last 17 games of the regular season for Toronto after proving himself consistently in limited minutes. The rotation was a bit different during the postseason, but he always seemed to make an impact whenever he got the chance.
Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz
Whether you call him the Stifle Tower or the French Rejection, Gobert's interior presence is a big reason Utah has been so stellar on defense the past couple of seasons. His averages of 9.1 points and 11.0 rebounds last season were both career-bests.
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Otto Porter, SF, Washington Wizards
Porter's third year in the league was a breakout one for the player selected with the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He made his way into the starting lineup, and averaged 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per contest.