Channing Frye Says Brandon Roy Was ‘Absolute Most Underrated Player of All Time’

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Retired Cleveland Cavaliers big man Channing Frye has seen a number of great players come and go during his 13-year NBA career.

From playing with the likes of Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, LaMarcus Aldridge, and LeBron James, Frye has seen some of the finest players the league has had to offer. From that list, the well-traveled Frye believes former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was the most underrated player of all time.

The statement was in response to a question from a Cavs fan who asked about Frye’s opinion of Roy, a three-time All-Star who retired abruptly after only six seasons in the league.

After a number of serious injuries, Roy’s knees had lost so much cartilage that it forced him to retire during the 2011-12 season. He made a brief comeback in 2012-13 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was never the same player.

During his five years with the Blazers, two of which he played with Frye, Roy was one of the NBA’s most clutch players. He and Aldridge were the leaders of a young team that was a perennial playoff contender.

His best year was in the 2008-09 season when he averaged a career-high 22.6 points a night and upped that to 26.7 in the postseason. Roy has career averages of 18.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

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Omar is a former staff writer with the King James Gospel. He is a Cavaliers fan who has followed the team from the Mark Price-led 1980s team to the LeBron era. Omar applauded the King's return to the Land and celebrated the team's first championship in 2016. He has pledged to defend the Land every chance he gets.