Most Underrated NBA Player of the ’22-23 Celtics

Most Underrated NBA Player of the ’22-23 Celtics
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The Boston Celtics championship odds hit zero after losing in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. After having one of the best teams in the NBA, they were unable to return to the NBA Finals.

In this, the first year of sports betting in Massachusetts, Monday’s Game 7 loss at home to the Miami Heat was a major disappointment for Boston fans.

The Heat, after losing in Game 1 in Denver last night, are now huge underdogs in the series. The Nuggets are a -800 favorite to win the series at FanDuel Massachusetts.  Miami is a +550 longshot.

One Bright Spot Looking Ahead

There were some positives to take away from the season in Boston. One example is that second-year player Sam Hauser made a big leap this season for the Celtics. 

Following his college career at Virginia, Hauser declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. He went undrafted but signed a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics, which allowed him to split his time between the NBA team and their NBA G League affiliate, the Maine Celtics.

A 6-8 forward, Hauser was able to make the team for the Celtics by stretching the floor with his shooting. And after appearing in just 26 games as a rookie (6.1 minutes per game), Hauser played 80 games in the regular season and averaged more than 16 minutes per game during the 2022-2023 season. He even was a starter for eight games this year as a stretch forward for Boston.

Whenever Hauser was on the floor, the Celtics had a ton of success. In fact, he was one of the most underrated players in the NBA last year for a variety of reasons. – your source for Massachusetts betting apps – set out to assess the most underrated players in the NBA this season.

Most Underrated NBA Players of 2022-23 Season

Rank Player Name Cap Hit (2022-23) Point Shares (2022-23)* $ Per Point Share*
 1 Warriors F Anthony Lamb $694,878 2.4 $289,533
 2 Lakers F Austin Reaves $1,563,518 5.4 $289,540
 3 Wizards F/C Daniel Gafford $1,930,681 6.1 $316,505
 4 Knicks G Immanuel Quickley $2,316,240 6.7 $345,707
 5 Rockets F Kenyon Martin Jr. $1,782,621 4.9 $363,800
 6 Grizzlies G Desmond Bane $2,130,240 5.8 $367,283
 7 Jazz F/C Walker Kessler $2,696,400 7.1 $379,775
 8 Pelicans F Trey Murphy III $3,206,520 7.6 $421,911
 T-9 Hornets F/C Nick Richards $1,782,621 4.2 $424,434
 T-9 Grizzlies F/C Xavier Tillman $1,782,621 4.2 $424,434
 11 Pelicans F Herbert Jones $1,785,000 4.2 $425,000
 12 Trailblazers F/C Drew Eubanks $1,968,175 4.4 $447,313
 13 Clippers G/F Terance Mann $1,930,681 4.3 $448,996
 14 Grizzlies F Santi Aldama $2,094,120 4.6 $455,243
 15 T-Wolves F/C Luka Garza $508,891 1.1 $462,628
 16 Knicks G Quentin Grimes $2,277,000 4.8 $474,375
 17 Nuggets F/C Thomas Bryant $1,968,175 4.1 $480,042
 18 Celtics F Sam Hauser $1,637,966 3.4 $481,755
 19 Thunder G Isaiah Joe $1,836,090 3.8 $483,182
 20 T-Wolves F Jaden McDaniels $2,161,440 4.4 $491,236
 21 76ers G Tyrese Maxey $2,726,880 5.4 $504,978
 22 Spurs G Tre Jones $1,782,621 3.4 $524,300
 23 Jazz G Kris Dunn $1,000,001 1.9 $526,316
 24 Heat G Max Strus $1,815,677 3.4 $534,023
 25 Bulls G Ayo Dosunmu $1,563,518 2.9 $539,144
* — Rounded up for visual purposes.


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The Case for Sam Hauser

To determine underrated players, used to look at the cap hit and point shares for every single NBA player during the 2022-2023 season.The rankings revealed that Sam Hauser was the 18th most underrated player in the league.

One reason why Hauser had so much success for the Celtics this season was his three-point shooting. Hauser shot nearly 42 percent from the three-point line on 4.2 attempts per game. That is quite a few attempts on just 16 minutes per game. For his career, his effective field goal percentage is .633 percent, which is well above average for his position.

Hauser didn’t see a lot of minutes in the playoffs for the Celtics (6.9 minutes played per game) as the team shortened their rotation. However, Boston might want to reconsider that for next year considering how effective and efficient Hauser has been whenever he’s been on the floor. 

With Jaylen Brown eligible to sign the supermax contract extension this offseason, the Celtics are going to need to find ways to save money and remain competitive. Hauser could be that solution as his cap hit is just $1.9M for the 2023-2024 season. Boston likely will need to lean on him more than ever to give them quality minutes off the bench as they are expected to lose Grant Williams and others in free agency. 

Don’t be surprised if Hauser sees a big minute uptick next season as his play during the 2022-2023 season was highly encouraging. His shooting alone will make sure that he is on the floor even more for the Celtics next season. will keep a close eye on the Celtics and all the Boston pro teams as well as be the best source for Massachusetts sportsbook promo codes.

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Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts the Locked On Cowboys Podcast.

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