Overrated NBA Players Only Getting Minutes Because of Massive Contracts
NBA players earn minutes for reasons that do not include on-court production.
The five players on this list are only getting the minutes they do this season because of their massive contracts.
For as bad as a contract might be, however, I did not include players who are also averaging at least 10 points per game this year.
It is the 15 points per game that Ben Gordon is averaging, for example, that kept him and his contract off this list.
I also only included players who are currently healthy.
Meaning, if Hedo Turkoglu played more than one game, he'd have been recognized. Tyrus Thomas would have too if he wasn't out for an extended period right now.
The players that were included are appearing in games regularly, being paid handsomely and not doing much while they're out there.
In the two seasons prior to inking that deal, he averaged 11.1 points and 10.4 rebounds over 138 regular season games.
This season, Biedrins has appeared in 15 games for the Golden State Warriors through Wednesday.
Playing 9.3 minutes per night, Biedrins is averaging roughly zero points per game. In the six games he has played 10 minutes or more, he's scored a total of six points.
Even still, if I was cutting his $9 million check, I'd make Biedrins run around for about 10 minutes every night too, regardless of what he does while he's out there.
Especially if I was the team who decided he deserved that check in the first place.
Team: Washington Wizards
2012-13 Statistics: 7.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 21.3 mpg
Emeka Okafor was signed to a six-year, $72 million contract by the Charlotte Bobcats following the 2007-08 season.
After averaging over 13 points and 10 rebounds in each of his first four seasons, there was a thought that Okafor could develop into one of the NBA's best big men.
He hasn't, but he's still currently paid like one.
Okafor and his contract were traded to the Washington Wizards this past June.
He's started 13 of Washington's 15 games this season, through Wednesday, playing an average of 21.3 minutes per night.
If Okafor stays on his current scoring pace of seven points per game this year, he projects to score 574 total points during the 82-game regular season.
That would then earn Okafor a whopping average of $23,594 for every point scored this season.
Team: Sacramento Kings
2012-13 Statistics: 3.4 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 10.4 mpg
Francisco Garcia has played in seven games this season for the Sacramento Kings.
In every game he's played this year, through Wednesday, the Kings have lost.
In four of his seven games, Garcia has played for 10 minutes or more. To his credit, he did score a season-high 12 points against the Indiana Pacers.
He failed to score at all, however, in two other appearances. Three others he finished with no more than three points.
Garcia signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Kings in 2008.
He had just averaged 12.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game the season before.
Thankfully, for Detroit Pistons fans, he is now in the final year of that contract.
Maggette was traded from Golden State to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010, then to the Charlotte Bobcats in 2011 before finally being dealt to the Pistons prior to this season.
He played in 12 total games through Wednesday.
In two games of those games this season, Maggette didn't score at all.
In three other games, he didn't grab one rebound.
If Maggette finishes the season at his current scoring pace, he'd earn just over $22,969 per point on the year.
Diop signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in 2008, despite never averaging more than three points per game in any of his seven previous seasons.
After being traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009, he wisely exercised a $7.3 million player option included in that deal for this season.
He's appeared on the floor for the Bobcats as recently as Monday.
On Nov. 26, he capitalized on a 45-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder by playing 19 minutes.
He attempted one shot in that game and unfortunately missed.
If you want to make light of his performance this season, you can.
Just know that Diop is laughing with you all the way to the bank. That's where he's cashing game checks that will eventually exceed a total of $7 million for the season.
Even if he never does actually score.