In Owen Phillips’ article on The Ringer, he details the top ten NBA players ‘who are actually the most overlooked relative to their production” by determining a measure for being underrated, and comparing that to a player’s on-court production.
So, guess who made the list at #6? Our own Davis Bertans.
Phillips notes that: “NBA defenses, like casual NBA fans, must not know who Bertans is because the 6-foot-10 Latvian is left open on more than 80 percent of his 3-point attempts, per NBA.com/stats. Not a great strategy for defending one of the league leaders in 3-point percentage.”
We saw clear evidence of Bertans’ increased value late in the fourth Wednesday night with his two three-pointers - both on kickouts from DeMar DeRozan — the first to put San Antonio up 90-88 and the second to go ahead for good at 99-96.
Unfortunately, Phillips also pointed out “when Spurs fans brainstormed to give Bertans a nickname last season the best they came up with was “Baetans.”” Obviously, Phillips has never heard of the Latvian Laser.