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SteBO
12-23-2010, 11:54 AM
Back in the day, stars were surrounded by players that complimented them to the best of their abilities. Considering all the stars in the game today. Who are some of the best role players now in your opinion :)

Mine are....

Andy Varajeo
Kirk Hinrich
Udonis Haslem
Derek Fisher

and so much more....

Khalifa21
12-23-2010, 12:00 PM
Landry Fields

YankeeClipper5
12-23-2010, 12:04 PM
Lamar Odom

Da Knicks
12-23-2010, 12:04 PM
Varejao, Fields, Chandler, Haslem, Bosh, Odom, Artest, Barnes, Lopez in phoenix, Blair, Forbes, Big Baby, Jet, Evans.

sep11ie
12-23-2010, 12:05 PM
Lol @ "and so much more".

Battier, Shaq, Barnes, and so much more.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
12-23-2010, 12:11 PM
Landry F.

zambo4president
12-23-2010, 12:14 PM
It's Lamar Odom by far. Luke Ridinour and Kirk Hinrich are great role players too. Udonis Haslem's gotta be up there. Honorable mention for Taj Gibson, Josh Childress, Shawn Marion, C.J. Miles and Carl Landry.

LTBaByyy
12-23-2010, 12:18 PM
The Mavs roster besides Dirk lol

Terry
Butler
Marion
Chandler
Roddy B
Kidd
Haywood
JJ Bareau

Can all give you 10 points a game

zambo4president
12-23-2010, 12:22 PM
The Mavs roster besides Dirk lol

Terry
Butler
Marion
Chandler
Roddy B
Kidd
Haywood
JJ Bareau

Can all give you 10 points a game

Yeah you guys got a great 2nd unit down there in Dallas. Probably the best in the league.

blastmasta26
12-23-2010, 12:25 PM
Homer pick is Landry Fields.

But Lamar Odom is the best, and one of the most underrated players in the game today. Only role player I can think of that puts up triple doubles when someone is out and can easily start on almost any other team.

THE WALL
12-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Odom, Artest, Gallo, Shaq, T. Chandler, Battier, ....

SteBO
12-23-2010, 12:29 PM
You can name guys that fit your fav. team best.
We already have Mike Miller and UD, E-House
But other perfect fits for us is like i said before

Andy
Kirk
and who wouldn't want Odom as their sixth man

ll_eric_ll
12-23-2010, 12:44 PM
This

The Mavs roster besides Dirk lol

Terry
Butler
Marion
Chandler
Roddy B
Kidd
Haywood
JJ Bareau

Can all give you 10 points a game

FadeAwayLikeMJ
12-23-2010, 12:48 PM
SPOILER ALERT!! Homer pick on the way......


Big Baby

DaBUU
12-23-2010, 01:00 PM
Craig Smith

heatking
12-23-2010, 01:10 PM
LO is a star in my opinion, put him on a crappy team and he will average close to 20, 10.

macc
12-23-2010, 01:17 PM
JJ Reddick

Khalifa21
12-23-2010, 01:28 PM
I've never understood why people consider Odom a guy that can give you a triple double any given night.

In 776 career games, he's had 12 triple doubles... That's one triple double every 64 games. Hardly "any given night". His last triple double was in 2006-07 and has only had three since 2004-05.

Lamar Odom is the perfect role player, but the guy isn't a walking triple double.

Mishmin
12-23-2010, 01:32 PM
Big ********n baby

tredigs
12-23-2010, 01:38 PM
Let's get a little love for Andrei Kirilenko in this *****. Often an overlooked player, but he's still a great perimeter defender, can rebound/pass, hit the three if need be. He probably wishes his role was bigger in the NBA than it has been, but he's the perfect glue guy for a championship caliber team.

JayW_1023
12-23-2010, 01:44 PM
Great thread. finally a discussion about more than just stars. Great role players can be just as valuable if not more. There are many in the league I really admire.

Shane Battier: He has lost a step on D, but not many on the ball defenders study their opponents and play as intelligent team D as Battier.

Jarrett Jack: the ideal back up point. He is a tough defender on both backcourt slots and has a tendency to hit big shots down the strectch.

George Hill: One of the most versatile back-up guards in the league if not THE most...he is a legitimate two way player: a scorer, playmaker and pesky defender at point and off guard.

Landry Fields: I love it when rooks come in and play like they are vets. Fields is an above average rebounder for a swingman, and a smart playmaker on both ends.

Taj Gibson: a reliable pick and roll player who is way tougher than he looks.

Jared Dudley: With a body like an undersized PF, he brings neverending hustle, shooting and defense.

Steve Blake: A reliable shooter and playmaker at the point who takes care of the ball and defends adequately.

Tony Allen: One of the toughest and peskiest defenders in the league.

Tyler Hansbrough: Intelligent spot up big who makes very few mistakes.

Udonis Haslem: Tough as nails post enforcer who can hit the 20 foot J with consistency.

Luc Mbah A Moute: One of the few guys who can defend nearly every position on the floor. Tireless hustler and really good at running the floor in transition.

Derek Fisher: Makes a living out of hitting big shots when it matters most, and is one of the best at drawing charges.

tdunk21
12-23-2010, 01:46 PM
LO is a star in my opinion, put him on a crappy team and he will average close to 20, 10.

odom is playing good coz of phil jackson.....put him on a crappy team, he is just like ariza on the hornets......am not saying hornets are a crappy team by any means......just saying that ariza is not a good fit there.....

asandhu23
12-23-2010, 01:49 PM
I've never understood why people consider Odom a guy

I am not sure either

29$JerZ
12-23-2010, 01:49 PM
some names that come to mind

Jamal Crawford
Landry Fields
Lamar Odom
Glenn Davis
Kirk Hinrich
Reggie Evans
George Hill
Taj Gibson
Udonie Haslem
Chris Bosh

ewing
12-23-2010, 01:50 PM
Back in the day, stars were surrounded by players that complimented them to the best of their abilities. Considering all the stars in the game today. Who are some of the best role players now in your opinion :)

Mine are....

Andy Varajeo
Kirk Hinrich
Udonis Haslem
Derek Fisher

and so much more....

You Heat fans really think highly of that big three. Back in the day teams were stacked!

Corey
12-23-2010, 01:57 PM
I'll be a homer and talk about the C's bench.

(This assuming Perk is healthy) The Celtic bench will consist of:

Shaquille O'Neal - He's obviously a shell of his former self, but this season he has shown that when he is utilized the right way, he can still have a positive effect on every game. Plugs the lane effectively, draws a ton of attention on offense, and he is a very underrated passer. Perfect off the bench for the C's.

Glen Davis - Baby thinks he's a star, but in reality he's a really good role player. He's developed a VERY consistent mid range jumper which defenders have to respect, and he can still get it done in the paint. He still get a lot of shots blocked, but his moves in the post and good footwork make up for it. Additionally, he's GREAT at weak side help defense and rotating over when needed. Leads the league in charges taken.

Nate Robinson - With Rondo out, everyone is seeing that Nate can be more than just a scorer. When on the bench, however, the C's rely on his 'microwave' scoring. Can shoot from deep, penetrate, and has a nice pull up jumper. His playmaking leaves a lot to be desired, but it's getting better. Additionally, his defense is improving every game, as he's starting to realize how important it is to be in the right position.

Delonte West - We haven't seen much of him this season, but Delonte is a very solid role player. He can guard 3 positions effectively, much like Kirk Hinrich, and is effective at both the 1 and 2 spots on offense. Good pull up jumper, fearless when driving to the hoop.

Marquis Daniels - X-Factor of the C's this year. People slept on him coming into the season (myself included), but having him on the roster has paid immediate dividends. He's capable of handling the ball, playing off the ball, and guarding 3 spots on defense. Very effective whether you put him at the 1, 2 or 3 spot on both offense and defense. Terrible from long range, but very effective mid range game, and one of the better post games I've seen from someone his size. He isn't quick by any means, but when he has the ball, everyone plays to his tempo, which is actually strange to watch.

There's also Jermaine O'Neal, but we haven't seen enough of him for me to adequately talk about whether he helps the team out or not. He's playing on Christmas day, though, so hopefully his addition will help our big man depth.

m26555
12-23-2010, 02:11 PM
I think it really depends on what your definition of "role player" is. I mean, to some people, guys like Ray Allen could be considered role players.

RadiantShot
12-23-2010, 02:35 PM
Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, Grant Hill, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick, Anderson Varejao, Toney Douglass, Ray Allen, Derek Fisher, Rashard Lewis. Guys like that. Some are more experienced role players, knowing exactly what it takes on the Championship caliber-type team, and doing exactly that. Others like Redick, Davis, and Varejao, who are still fairly young, have found their niche on their current team, and have expanded from that.

SteBO
12-23-2010, 02:43 PM
I think it really depends on what your definition of "role player" is. I mean, to some people, guys like Ray Allen could be considered role players.

I mean guys that complement each other but aren't and weren't stars.

ttam68
12-23-2010, 02:46 PM
Ben Wallace - I'd take him on my team any day

-Kobe24-TJ19-
12-23-2010, 02:52 PM
I've never understood why people consider Odom a guy that can give you a triple double any given night.

In 776 career games, he's had 12 triple doubles... That's one triple double every 64 games. Hardly "any given night". His last triple double was in 2006-07 and has only had three since 2004-05.

Lamar Odom is the perfect role player, but the guy isn't a walking triple double.

Lets say he is a triple-double threat then

the guy has a career average of 4.1 assists
in his best season he had 6 apg same as KG
that's insanely good for a PF

MiamiWadeCounty
12-23-2010, 02:58 PM
adam morrison, dj mbenga nuff said

blueplanet
12-23-2010, 03:04 PM
Udonis Haslem by far.

Da Knicks
12-23-2010, 03:07 PM
Ibaka and Mathews are two more

Chacarron
12-23-2010, 03:08 PM
Toni Kukoc.

Nets fan 93
12-23-2010, 03:10 PM
SPOILER ALERT!! Homer pick on the way......


Big Baby
That is true though. Not a homer pick.
Gotta include Kris Humphries and his awesome season(as starter)

HoopsDrive
12-23-2010, 03:15 PM
Odom, Artest, Haslem, Hinrich, Varejao... so many others but those 5 come to mind instantly.

J_M_B
12-23-2010, 03:22 PM
Lamar Odom, Udonis Haslem, Kirk Hinrich, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry ..

-Kobe24-TJ19-
12-23-2010, 03:29 PM
I've never understood why people consider Odom a guy that can give you a triple double any given night.

In 776 career games, he's had 12 triple doubles... That's one triple double every 64 games. Hardly "any given night". His last triple double was in 2006-07 and has only had three since 2004-05.

Lamar Odom is the perfect role player, but the guy isn't a walking triple double.

Could be wrong, don't know

but for your information kobe has 18 in 14 seasons

ChI_ShIzzLe
12-23-2010, 05:04 PM
Kurt Thomas FTW!

CB29
12-23-2010, 05:20 PM
Reggie evans for sure bro...

Gram
12-23-2010, 05:24 PM
Odom
Fields
Hinrich
Roddy Buckets.

the_jon
12-23-2010, 05:29 PM
I really like Matt Barnes' game so I'm gonna say him.

PrettyBoyJ
12-23-2010, 05:44 PM
Landry Fields

x1000000

cmacmath
12-23-2010, 05:47 PM
Landry. Fields.

nycericanguy
12-23-2010, 06:46 PM
SPOILER ALERT!! Homer pick on the way......


Big Baby

might be a homer pick but you're right. Davis has turned into a very respectable role player.

I would say

Battier
Fields
Odom
Big Baby
Varaejo


ehh... theres too many really.

lvlheaded
12-23-2010, 07:02 PM
Odom, Baby, Battier, Fields, Varajeo, Haslem, Miller, Reddick, Taj

Evolution23
12-23-2010, 07:08 PM
Landry Fields

YoungOne
12-23-2010, 07:10 PM
dont know why many picked beaubois, sure he has potential, but we havent seen much from him so far in the nba...

Baller1
12-23-2010, 07:12 PM
Matt Bonner.

Bruno
12-23-2010, 07:13 PM
I hesitate to say Odom is a roll player. The Lakers would not have won the 2010 title without him, he is playing at an all-star level this season, playing some of the best basketball of his career. I hesitate to include Terry as well, he's a star.

I'd say, Crawford, Barnes, Brown, Perkins, Shaq, Anderson V., Battier, Haslem, Tyson Chandler, Taj Gibson, AK-47, Hinrich, Richard Jefferson, Grant Hill.

John Walls Era
12-23-2010, 07:20 PM
back in the day it was Battier. I'll go with Fields.

Raps18-19 Champ
12-23-2010, 07:25 PM
Shane Battier and Reggie Evans do a lot with their effort alone.

heattiltheend94
12-23-2010, 07:44 PM
Haslem or Odom

ironkobe
12-23-2010, 09:40 PM
King james is the best role player

goose15
12-23-2010, 09:42 PM
Landry Fields

Lake_Show2416
12-24-2010, 12:37 AM
Derek Fisher and Dwayne Wade

Kashmir13579
12-24-2010, 03:05 AM
Fields

BenderRodriguez
12-24-2010, 03:58 AM
Kirk Hinrich
Shane Battier
Glen Davis
Anderson Varejao

ROY 2 MVP Braun
12-24-2010, 04:30 AM
luc richard mbah a moute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great defender!!! and a scrapper

jtsunami
12-24-2010, 12:01 PM
I'd define a role player as one that is skilled in one or two areas and doesn't venture outside those skills. And I've seen a lot of people put players that aren't scorers at all. That's fine but there are plenty of players where their role is to shoot/score.

Kyle Korver is one of the best role players for shooting.
Anderson Varejao is a good rebounder and hustle player.
Jamal Crawford is a good scoring role player, as well as Ben Gordon.
Tony Allen, Bruce Bowen (retired), Thabo Sefalosha are good defensive role players.

These are the players I think of when I hear "role player." Anyone trying to claim Lamar Odom is a role player is wrong IMO. He does way too much. He doesn't have a role. He's the point forward, scorer, rebounder, and defender.