NBA Predictions Week 10: Unheralded Stars Sure to Shine Brightest This Week

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2012

Dec. 26, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley celebrates a three point shot in the second half against the New York Knicks at the US Airways Center. The Knicks defeated the Suns 99-97. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10 of the NBA season coincides with the transition from 2012 to 2013, and a number of players are looking to get hot—or stay on fire—in the New Year.

Whether they are aging veterans playing like young studs, or rookies carving out a place in this league, it’s important that these under-the-radar stars continue to perform at a high level.

Let’s take a look at some of the underrated guys in the NBA worth keeping an eye on this week, for fantasy or other purposes.


Jason Kidd, G, New York Knicks

Week 10 Matchups: vs. Portland Trail Blazers, vs. San Antonio Spurs, at Orlando Magic

J-Kidd is going to get big minutes and a lot of time on the ball now that Raymond Felton is out for a few weeks with a pinky-finger injury.

Kidd has performed admirably in the two contests the starting PG has sat, scoring 39 points on 14-of-29 shooting. He also added 15 assists and 12 rebounds.

Those are solid numbers for the 39-year-old guard, and they look to remain consistent, if not get better. They'll need it as the Knickerbockers try to dislodge the Miami Heat from their perch atop the Eastern Conference.


Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards

Week 10 Matchups: vs. Dallas Mavericks, at Indiana Pacers, vs. Brooklyn Nets, at Miami Heat

Beal has been a bit inconsistent since returning from injury—he missed two games a little over a week ago—but the rookie guard should round into form sooner rather than later.

While Washington is one of the worst clubs in the league, Beal has been a bright spot with averages of 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists on the season. He should eclipse those numbers on a nightly basis from here on out, as long as he remains healthy. He could become a real scoring machine once his three-pointer starts falling.

The 19-year-old No. 3 overall pick is hitting on just 26.9 percent of his attempts from downtown. That figure will rise, especially if John Wall returns to the lineup in January.


Jared Dudley, G/F, Phoenix Suns

Week 10 Matchups: at Oklahoma City Thunder, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, vs. Utah Jazz, vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Dudley’s December splits are beastly, and there is no reason to think the swingman will fall off in 2013.

Over the past month, the Suns star is averaging 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from long range.

He obviously struggled to adjust without Steve Nash in the lineup, but has finally figured out how to play alongside Goran Dragic and the results are showing.

The Suns may be struggling, but Dudley will continue to shine.


Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons

Week 10 Matchups: vs. Sacramento Kings, vs. Atlanta Hawks, vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Drummond is another skilled rookie who has shown flashes of dominance early in his career.

He’s especially turned it on as of late, putting up 9.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in his past five outings. Those numbers are especially impressive considering he was only on the floor an average of 24.6 minutes.

It’s clear that Drummond isn’t going to be a great free-throw shooter (37.5 percent during that five-game span), but he’s truly becoming an asset in all other areas of the game. Once coach Lawrence Frank starts allocating some more minutes to the 19-year-old, he’s going to become a star.