Athletes are already being paid too much, so it's going to take a lot to actually be considered as overpaid.
Guys like Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas fit top billing at that aspect. Those are two players who signed lucrative deals that they didn't deserve in the first place and, as expected, didn't live up to it. It goes far beyond those two, however, as there are plenty of players in the NBA that are being significantly overpaid.
To get your blood boiling a little more, we're going to take a look at the five players that are set to be overpaid.
How could we predict something like this? Easily. These five players have either had a great season, are due for a big contract or appear to be too valuable to pass up. Hype is possibly the worst aspect that could play a factor when signing a player. Hyped players are usually riding a hot streak that has allowed them to play a lot better than their talent level indicates.
Those flash-in-the-pan players are bad news. Guys like Jerome Jordan who signed a $30 million deal thanks to one decent postseason are dangerous to the league and mostly to the team that signed them, since it'll be paying for it for however many years it signed the player.
Let's take a look in the future and figure out which five 2012 free agents, restricted and unrestricted, will be overpaid.