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PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 26: Andre Iguodala #9 and Samuel Dalembert #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers react after a basket against the Orlando Magic during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 26, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Orlando defeated Philadelphia 84-81 to even the series at 2 games each.

We did the Eagles All-Underrated roster yesterday, and Andrew put together the Phillies Underrated team earlier in the year. So why not do the same thing for the Sixers?

Building an All-Time roster of great Sixers would be easy. While they may not have won since 1983, there are so many truly great players in franchise history. They have 19 guys in the Hall of Fame. Allen Iverson, Dr, J, Maurice Cheeks. However, there would be significant debate about who belongs at center with players like Wilt Chamberlian, Mose Malone, and Joel Embiid all available. What is a bit harder is picking the guys who aren’t on the All-Time great level, but are still deserving of some love from Sixers fans.

These guys may not be Hall of Famers. But they were still damn good players. Several of them kept the Sixers afloat during some dark times. Others got overshadowed by playing with better players. Some maybe got a hard time while they were here because they couldn’t live up to high expectations. But maybe now we can appreciate them more after the fact.

What Center goes under the radar? Which Point Guard deserves more love from the fans? Are there any Small Forwards that we underappreciate? And what bench player is the most underrated? I picked who I think is the most underrated Sixers player at every position and off the bench.

Here is the All-Underrated Roster For The Sixers:

  • Point Guard- Andre Miller

    TORONTO - OCTOBER 31:  Andre Miller #7 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against T.J. Ford #11 of the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on October 31, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

    Being the guy who replaces Allen Iverson for the Sixers is a tall task. He was never going to be what AI was. But Millers was as professional as it gets. His presence kept the Sixers at least somewhat relevant for his 3 years here. He played great defense, ran the floor well, and scored 15.9 points per game. That period for the Sixers is pretty forgettable. But Miller at least did his part in giving Sixers fans something to watch.

  • Shooting Guard- Hersey Hawkins

    1989:  Hersey Hawkins #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers walks off the court during the 1988-1989 NBA season.

    (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

    The Sixers were not a great team when Hersey Hawkins played for them. They had Charles Barkley, but not much else went well for them. Which of course eventually led to them trading Charles. Which to this day is one of the worst trades in franchise history. But Hersey Hawkins was at least one other player worth appreciating in that era. In his 5 seasons here he averaged 19 points and shot over 40% from 3. And in perhaps one of his best moments with the Sixers, he once got 9 steals in one game against the Celtics. That is still a franchise record, though Allen Iverson matched it twice.

  • Small Forward- Andre Iguodala

    NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 10:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the New Jersey Nets at Prudential Center on April 10, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.

    (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

    Iguodala is one of those players we did not appreciate enough while he was here. And for reasons that are not all his fault. Sixers fans were desperate for a Star Scorer. That is just not who Iggy is. He did a lot of great things and would have made a perfect complement to a theoretical star player if the Sixers had ever landed one. But they never did pair him with that guy, and it put a spotlight on Andre Iguodala that he was not equipped to live up to. Still, he was great for what he is, and we would all love to have someone similar to him on this Sixers team right now.

  • Power Forward- Thad Young

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23:  Thaddeus Young #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers grabs the rebound against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 23, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

    (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Thad Young was never a star. But what he was is a guy who gave it his all every single night. He even won the NBA Hustle Award later in his career when playing with the Bulls. He averaged 13.7 pts and 5.5 rebounds per game in his 7 years with the Sixers. He even stuck around for a bit into the Process years.

  • Center- Samuel Dalembert

    AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 29:  Samuel Dalembert #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks across the court in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Detroit Pistons during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 29, 2008 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Pistons 98-81.

    (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    There are a lot of great Centers in Sixers’ history. Joel Embiid, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Daryl Dawkins. It doesn’t leave much room to appreciate other centers. But Samuel Dalembert is worth taking some time to appreciate. Yeah, he was not scoring like those other guys. But for 8 years he gave the Sixers a pretty great rim protector. He averaged 1.9 blocks per game in his Sixers career and even had a few seasons where that number crept up over 2.

  • 6th Man- Kyle Korver

    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Kyle Korver #26 of the Philadelphia 76ers moves the ball during the game with the Toronto Raptors on November 15, 2005 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sixers won 121-115.

    (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

    This is cheating because Korver also flirted with being a starter here. But what made me pick him was his final year here, where he played in 74 games but started just one. And yet, he led the league in FT% and was 9th in 3pt%. In one game he even scored a career-high 31 points off the bench against the Knicks.

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