Gilbert Arenas, Richard Hamilton Lead the 2010-11 NBA Most Overpaid Team
Every year, in every sport, there are players who receive contracts and then do not live up to that salary. So I believe it is time to create the NBA Most Overpaid Team, a group of players who are not living up to their 2010-2011 salary.
I have only included players on my team that have played most of this season and have not been limited by injury. Yao Ming is one of the highest paid players in the NBA and has not been able to produce this season, however, he has had bad luck when it comes to injuries and he should not be penalized for that.
Eddy Curry was the worst contract that the New York Knicks have ever given out, but, once again, will not be included on this team because he has not been healthy enough to see the court this season. So without wasting any more time, let me introduce your 2010-11 NBA Most Overpaid Players.
Gilbert Arenas, PG, Orlando Magic
2011 Salary: $17,730,694
Starting at Point Guard is Agent Zero, Gilbert Arenas. Back in 2005, the Washington Wizards had their own big three of Arenas, Larry Hughes and Antwaan Jamison and was able to make the playoffs. Since that season, Arenas has not been the same player and stats have slowly began to drop, however, he has been getting paid like it's 2005.
This season, Arenas changed teams as he was traded from Washington to the Orlando Magic and has struggled ever since. In 16 games, none of which he started, he has been averaging 8.8 points and 3.9 assists per game. If Arenas isn't scoring, he doesn't provide much other value to a team because he isn't exactly the best passer or defensive presence.
Richard Hamilton, SG, Detroit Pistons
2011 Salary: 12,500,000
Starting at shooting guard is Rip Hamilton. The man in the Iron Mask was once considered one of the best spot up shooters in the NBA, but over the past decade he has been losing his touch and definitely not worth his salary this year.
He has seen his point totals drop almost five points a game from 18.1 to 13.2 and is playing on one of the worst teams in the NBA right now, the Detroit Pistons. He has entered the realm of overpaid veterans and his name has come up in trade rumors this season.
Rashard Lewis, SF, Washington Wizards
2011 Salary: $19,573,711
Rashard Lewis was the prized free agent in the 2007 offseason and went to the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade deal with the Seattle Supersonics. A deadly three-point shooter, who could play multiple positions and was expected to put the Orlando Magic over the top and into contention for a championship. A little over three years later, Rashard Lewis was sent packing by the Magic to the Washington Wizards.
He has seen his stats drop since his last season with the Sonics and didn't live up to the hype or become the player that the Magic thought they were getting. In the 14 games since joining the Wizards, he has averaged 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, which are good stats but not for one of the top paid players in the NBA.
Antawn Jamison, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
2011 Salary: $13,358,905
Another member of Washington's Big Three back in 2005-06 was Antawn Jamison who was traded last year to the Cleveland Cavaliers in an attempt to help LeBron, which didn't work out. Now he is playing on a team that is one of the worst in the NBA and doesn't have much help to turn it around.
The Cavs been a punchline this season since LeBron left, culminating with the beat down from the Lakers earlier this season. Unfortunately, he has not been able to live up to his salary this year averaging 16.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Jamison has always been a good complementary player to a superstar but he does not have the skills to be the main guy on a team.
Samuel Dalembert, C, Sacramento Kings
2011 Salary: $13,428,129
The player anchoring the center position for this team is Samuel Dalembert. He was once thought of the future for the Philadelphia 76ers at the center position, but during the offseason he was sent to the Sacramento Kings in a trade. Now Samuel Dalembert is a very good defensive center and can still provide value to a team, however, at $13 million this year, he is overpaid.
Dalembert has shown signs of being more than just a defensive center, like back in the 2007-2008 season when he averaged a double double. Since that season, he has regressed and is only averaging 5.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game.
And that is the starting lineup for the 2010-11 NBA Most Overpaid Players. Please post your thoughts if you agree, disagree or think I have forgotten someone that should be included.