With more and more talent flooding the courts of the league, the window for impressing the team managers and, of course, the fans, closes very quickly for most NBA players.
A couple of bad seasons and you might be reduced to nothing but a footnote in another player's biography.
A majority of the players do not get picked by any of teams and get detached from the league without even making a single news article. But, there is no way to figure out when and at what point in his career, a player might find his mojo back and stun the world with a surprising comeback.
We are talking about the ones the world had forgotten or overlooked in the shadow of another player, but are dominating the league this season.1. Derrick Rose - Minnesota Timberwolves November 1, 2018
Once known as the 'Windy City Assassin', Derrick Rose is the youngest MVP of the league, ever. But ever since he tore his ACL during his Chicago Bulls days, the MVP in him got lost somewhere deep down. Unable to perform after his return, Rose got traded a couple of times before he landed in Minnesota in the summer of 2018.
Maybe it was the cold Minnesota weather or his reunion with coach Tom Thibodeau, Rose seemed to play like his old self from the get-go.
Even having himself a 50-point-game, a career-high, Rose is averaging an impressive 18.9 points per game and is in the talks of becoming an All-Star and the Sixth Man of the Year.2. Luka DonÄiÄ - Dallas Mavericks October 30, 2018
Despite the Mavs performing poorly during the regular season, Dallas rookie and Slovenian wonder-boy, Luka is taking everyone's breath away. The 19-year-old was picked third in the 2018 NBA Draft and is considered to eventually become the greatest Maverick since Dirk Nowitzki.
Already playing on an All-Star level, DonÄiÄ leads all rookies in total points and points per game, is second in total assists and assists per game and third in total rebounds and rebounds per game.3. Victor Oladipo - Indiana Pacers View this post on Instagram
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Probably the most underrated player in the league right now, Victor Oladipo lost all traction after a below-average performance with Russell Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder and was traded to Indiana Pacers in a deal to acquire Paul George. While not quite settled in Indiana in 2017, the state has completely embraced Oladipo this season.
Showing up in the clutch, Oladipo is having the best season of his career averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists and has helped Indiana rank third in the Eastern Conference.4. Pascal Siakam - Toronto Raptors View this post on Instagram
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Not a very famous name in the league, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam is making a good case for the 'Most Improved Player of the Year' award. The absence of Center Jonas ValanÄiÅ«nas had provided the 24-year-old Cameroonian with the time and the opportunity to show the critics what he's made of.
In a huge improvement since last season, currently, Siakam is averaging 15.0 points and 6.6 rebounds which is a significant upgrade since the 2017-18 season (7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds) and has helped the Raptors maintain their position as the number one team in the entire league.
* All stats are mentioned as of 09/01/2019