The 10 Most Over-Valued Players In The NBA
The NBA's 10 Most Over-Valued Players
Trying to wrap your head around NBA or professional sport salaries is an impossible thing to do.
However, there is one thing that all contracts have in common -- fans and franchises are all hoping that players will be able fulfill the worth of their contract. When players sign big contracts, it is always breaking news, though not all players can live up to their contracts. Fans and critics will be the first to point out that 'Player X' is getting paid way too much.
A lot of times, we see players get injured and then continue to get paid without ever stepping out on the hardwood. An example of this was when Andrew Bynum was with the Philadelphia 76ers. One of the worst things in professional sports is when a player does not live up to their salary. For some reason, some athletes believe they are better than they actually are. An example of this is J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks. It's always hard to put a certain dollar value on a player when many things can change the outcome of the franchise's season.
This list is a look at the 10 most over-valued players for the 2013-14 season in comparison to each player's contract.
All information credited to basketball-reference.com and hoopshype.com
10. Kendrick Perkins
2013-14 Season Salary: $8,477,437
Kendrick Perkins was a solid player for the Oklahoma City Thunder when he came over in a trade from the Boston Celtics. Over the past few years, Perkins has not been as productive as he use to. All of his statistics have dropped, and he is currently averaging 3.4PTs and 4.6REBs.
Perkins may of been worth this much four or five years ago but he is no longer living up to that contract. It was rumored that Kendrick's contract was a contributor to the Thunder pulling the trigger on trading James Harden.
9. Kris Humphries
2013-14 Season Salary: $12,000,000
Kris Humphries got this contract before he was traded to the Boston Celtics. Humphries got for $24 million over two years from the Brooklyn Nets in 2012. It has been reported that Humphries is comfortable as a Celtic, and if they decide to re-sign him, I am sure his new contract will not look at nice as his current one, as he is playing no where near that level of intensity; this season, he is currently averaging 7.7PTs, 6.1REBs and 1.1ASTs.
I think it is safe to say that no one will understand why the Nets gave Humphries such an over-valued contract.
8. Anderson Varejao
2013-14 Season Salary: $9,100,000
Anderson Varejao has been with the Cleveland Cavaliers his entire career. Before the recent trade that landed the Cavs Loul Deng, Varejao was the highest paid player on Cleveland's roster. It's too bad that he isn't actually worth $9.1 million because if he was, the Cavaliers hopefully would be a lot better.
Compared to last season, Varejao's statics have dropped a decent amount. This season, he is only averaging 8.8PTs and 10.5REBs. Varejao can have a big night but against teams with a solid big man core, Varejao gets pushed around and that is a big reason as to why his contract has him over-valued this season.
7. JaVale McGee
2013-14 Season Salary: $10,750,000
In July 2012, JaVale McGee re-signed with the Denver Nuggets, though I don't believe he has ever lived up to that contract. I'll give him some credit though, he has fixed part of his reputation as one of the league's dumbest players.
McGee is currently rehabbing a stress fracture in his tibia and may miss the rest of the season. In the seven games he played this season, he averaged 7.0PTs and 3.4REBs. During last year's season, McGee only missed three games and only averaged 9.1PTs and 4.8REBs. Realistically, he has been a disappointment since Denver re-signed him. He is 7-feet and there is no reason why he should not be averaging at least 10 rebounds per game.
6. Gerald Wallace
2013-2014 Season Salary: $10,105,855
Another contract I have a hard time getting my head around belongs to Gerald Wallace. He was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Boston Celtics this offseason. It has been reported that Wallace has some hard feelings about the trade, but he should not be complaining with the Nets at all. The Nets gave Wallace that contract worth $40 million more than four years.
Fortunately for Wallace, he has three years left on this contract. Unfortunately though, Boston is stuck with this contract that over-values Wallace by a long shot. So far this season, he is only averaging 4.4PTs and 3.3REBs, not to mention he usually turns it over twice a game. Boston could use some help with this contract, but I doubt they will find any takers.
5. Emeka Okafor
2013-14 Season Salary: $14,544,687
Emeka Okafor joined the Phoenix Suns through a recent trade with the Washington Wizards. Okafor suffered a neck injury this preseason and has not played a game this year. It has been reported he spends time rehabilitating in New York.
He is currently in the last year of this contract; he got this deal in 2008 while being a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. This can go with the list of made moves Michael Jordan has made in management. The deal was worth $72 million over six years. The 2009-10 season was the last time he averaged over 10PTs and 9REBs.
4. Carlos Boozer
2013-14 Season Salary: $15,300,000
Carlos Boozer has provided a lot to the Chicago Bulls since joining the team. With the Bulls' superstar Derrick Rose injured, he was one of the few players who stepped up and tried to find success for the team.
Boozer is a decent player, but he is not worth $15 million a year. It as been rumored that Chicago may amnesty Boozer after this season. Taj Gibson has slowly been replacing Boozer in the rotation and it would not be a surprise for this season to be the last year Boozer is in Chicago.
3. Joe Johnson
2013-14 Season Salary: $21,466,718
Joe Johnson is paid extremely well. He got this great contract when he was playing for the Atlanta Hawks in 2010. Brooklyn took on Johnson's contract when the Nets and the Hawks agreed on a trade. Johnson is a pretty good player, but he is not playing anything like $20 million a year. He is one of the highest paid players on Brooklyn's roster and gets paid even more than LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Kevin Durant.
This season, Johnson currently averages 16.3PTs, 3.4REBs and 2.9ASTs.
2. Amar'e Stoudemire
2013-14 Season Salary: $21,679,893
Amar'e Stoudemire has not been what the New York Knicks expected. Knicks owner James Dolan said he does not regret signing Stoudemire to a $100 million contract. Personally, I find that hard to believe. Stoudemire has spent a lot of time injured with New York as well. The 2010-11 season was the last time that Stoudemire played the majority of the season.
During the time he has played in New York, Stoudemire averages 18.8PTs and 6.8REBs per game. There are not worth around $20 million a year. Stoudemire has also made bad off court decisions, like when he punched a fire extinguisher injuring his hand during the 2012 playoffs.
1. Kobe Bryant
2013-14 Season Salary: $30,453,000
Kobe Bryant is hands down one of the best basketball players to play the game ever. For now, he is the closest thing to the G.O.A.T and right now, he is the highest paid basketball player in the NBA, earning $8 million more than the runner up. Bryant has had a tremendous career, winning five world championships. For his career, Bryant averages 25.5PTS, 5.3REBs and 4.8ASTs.
I do not think that Bryant deserves any hate for signing the big extension and I'm not saying he should take less money. I am upset that the Los Angeles Lakers thought they had to pay Bryant that much money to stick around for two more years. Bryant wants to play and still have gas left in him.I'm sure he would have signed for less if the Lakers offered less.
This deal won't matter if Bryant comes back from his injury and the Lakers win a championship in the next two years. However, if Los Angeles does not win another championship with Bryant, then this huge contract extension is just a retirement bonus for the Black Mamba.
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