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The players of the NBA are arguably among the best all-around athletes in the world.

The cream often rises to the top and both the media and league combine to promote and market the attributes of the very best.

If your name isn’t Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, there is a strong possibility that only the most ardent of basketball aficionados will know even your name.

But the greatness of a player can only be measured against his or her contemporary peers. Without said peers, the attributes of the very best will go unrealized and under appreciated. With every NBA basketball game televised, there are legions of would-be Jordanites lamenting about their ability to take a spot from some of these guys. But there is a reason these guys are in the league.

This slideshow features some of the very best players that you may never have heard of. Some of the players I have selected are role players who are critical to their teams while others are young players who are just coming into their own. Others still are on the verge of superstardom. There’s a strong possibility I may have forgotten a hardwood soldier from your hometown squad, but I’ve only got 15 spots.

The players of the NBA are arguably among the best all-around athletes in the world. The cream often rises to the top and both the media and league combine to promote and market the attributes of the very best. If your name isn’t Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, there is a strong possibility that only the most ardent of basketball aficionados will know even your name.

Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/09/20/15-nba-studs-youve-probably-never-heard-of/?jEjm3OERCWfQ3611.99

EURweb.com Senior Contributor Ricardo A. Hazell expounds upon some of the hottest topics of the day in sports, film, and current affairs.  His byline appeared in Bleacher Report from December 2012 until June 2013. He now talks NBA, NFL and NCAA football over at Rant Sports, and will continue to give his unique take on the matters of the day while interviewing some of black entertainment’s best and brightest here at EURweb.