10 NBA Players Not Currently Living Up to Their New Contracts

Jay Schaeffer@jays7193Contributor IIIJanuary 6, 2013

10 NBA Players Not Currently Living Up to Their New Contracts

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    The 2012-13 NBA offseason featured a number of big names moving to different teams. A lot of change means there are always going to be some players who disappoint the teams that they signed with.

    This season there have been a number of players who have simply not lived up to the type of money that they are being paid. Unfortunately, many of their contracts are guaranteed for multiple years.

    One bad contract decision can set a franchise back anywhere from two to five years, so these players' disappointing seasons could lead to further problems in the coming years.

    The New York Knicks in the mid-2000s are a perfect example of this. Signing guys like Stephon Marbury and Steve Francis set the franchise back for many years, and they are just recently fully recovered from those dark days.

    Here are 10 guys who are scaring their teams with their underachievement.

    Stats are current as of Jan. 6, 2012.

Deron Williams

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    Contract: Five years, $98,772,325

    Deron Williams signed a maximum contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2012 offseason. However, Williams has not lived up to the star-caliber payment this season.

    Williams is averaging just 16.6 points and 7.8 assists per game. He is also shooting just 40.3 percent from the floor, while posting a 17.87 PER. So, according to PER, Williams is just about three points above the average NBA player (15 is the average PER).

    Williams must improve for the Nets to have any type of success this season. Unfortunately, Williams' production has been trending in the wrong direction for the past couple years.

Landry Fields

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    Contract: Three years, $18,750,000

    The Toronto Raptors signed Landry Fields to a three-year deal during the offseason. However, Fields has had trouble staying on the court thus far this season.

    Fields has appeared in just nine games this season, and he has not looked good in the games he has been able to play. Fields has put up just 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game so far this season, which is not what the Raptors expected when they signed him for over $6 million a year.

    Although the Raptors have played very well as of late, they could certainly use an improved Fields in their rotation.

Gerald Green

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    Contract: Three years, $10,500,000

    Gerald Green returned to the NBA last season for the New Jersey Nets after missing the 2010-11 season. Green proved to still be the superior athlete that the Boston Celtics drafted in the first round out of high school back in 2005.

    However, Green has not been the same player this season for the Indiana Pacers. Although Green is still making highlight dunks, he has not been a productive player. He is shooting just 36.6 percent from the field and has a 7.6 PER.

Jeff Green

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    Contract: Four years, $36,240,000

    Jeff Green sat out the entire 2011-12 NBA season due to a rare heart condition that almost ended his basketball career. However, the Celtics felt confident that he would return to a similar production level from before the injury.

    Like so many of his Celtics teammates, Green has struggled so far this season. Green is averaging just 9.4 points and 3.1 rebounds, posting an 11.27 PER. 

    The good news for Celtics fans is that Green has looked better as of late, which is promising for his future.

Spencer Hawes

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    Contract: Two years, $13,000,000

    Spencer Hawes had a great year for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, and they rewarded him with a contract extension. However, Hawes has struggled so far this season.

    Hawes is arguably the Sixers' most important player in Andrew Bynum's absence, but he has not stepped up. His defense has never been his strong suit, but he has made up for it on the offensive end of the floor.

    He is shooting a career-low 45.5 percent from the floor, and most of his other numbers are down as well.

Roy Hibbert

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    Contract: Four years, $58,365,563

    Roy Hibbert signed a four-year deal to stay with the Indiana Pacers this past offseason. However, it looks like the Pacers overpaid for the All-Star center.

    Hibbert is averaging just 9.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season, and he's shooting an abysmal 40.6 percent from the field. The Pacers need Hibbert to step up in Danny Granger's absence, but he hasn't done that yet.

    The one positive facet of Hibbert's game this season has been his defense. He hasn't let up on that end of the floor, and he's averaging 2.7 blocks per game.

Kris Humphries

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    Contract: Two years, $24,000,000

    Kris Humphries is one of the most famous NBA players because of his personal life, but he actually has been a very good player over the course of his career. However, this season has been a different story.

    He is playing 23.3 minutes per game this season, which is much lower than the 34.9 minutes he played last season. In addition, most of his stats are down, including points, rebounds, field-goal percentage and PER.

    Humphries and Deron Williams must return to their former success for the Nets to make a run in the playoffs.

Ersan Ilyasova

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    Contract: Five years, $40,000,000

    Ersan Ilyasova was one of the most improved players in the 2011-2012 lockout-shortened season. However, he has clearly regressed this season.

    He signed a huge contract with the Bucks, but he is now a bench player, averaging 22.8 minutes per game. He is putting up just 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game on 41.1 percent shooting this year. In addition, his PER is at 14.95.

    He certainly hasn't been playing nearly as well as Larry Sanders, who is signed to a four year, $8,639,008 deal.

Brandon Roy

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    Contract: Two Years, $10,429,500

    Brandon Roy's knees have held him back from being a perennial All-Star in the NBA, but the Timberwolves took a chance on him.

    Roy has played in just five games this season, and he may be forced to retire yet again. It is a real shame that Roy hasn't been able to stay healthy, because he was one of the game's best players.

    Hopefully for Roy and his fans, he is able to come back from yet another setback.

Courtney Lee

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    Contract: Four years, $21,350,000

    The Boston Celtics acquired Courtney Lee to replace Ray Allen and start at shooting guard until Avery Bradley returned from injury. However, Lee proved to be incapable of doing so.

    He has scored just 6.7 points per game and is shooting only 32 percent from three-point range. Bradley is now back, so maybe Lee can turn things around in more of a reserve role.