Meet the RPM All-Stars

Which unheralded players shine in ESPN's new real plus-minus metric?

Updated: April 7, 2014, 4:59 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

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ESPN's new real plus-minus (RPM) offers a different take on player value than we're used to from stats like PER, WARP and win shares built on the box score. As with any new perspective, that means real plus-minus sheds light on players whose contributions have flown under the radar. To salute those unheralded stars, it's time for a new kind of all-star team: RPM All-Stars.

To qualify, naturally, players could not have been picked for this season's All-Star team or last season's team, and I also excluded players such as Goran Dragic and Kyle Lowry who were considered egregious snubs. I also tried to reflect a relatively realistic team with a bench made up largely of reserves.

Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, your 2013-14 RPM All-Stars ...