NBA: Rashard Lewis, Richard Hamilton and The Top 10 Most Overpaid Players
10. Kenyon Martin: $15,959,099
Kenyon Martin, once an All-Star for the New Jersey Nets, is now an injury-prone big man worth some rebounds and a few blocks here and there.
He is being paid $15,959,099—more than Lebron James makes for the Heat.
Martin isn’t worthless, but he is certainly not worth the $15,959,099 he is being given by the Denver Nuggets.
Martin can be useful, but he’s often injured and has been known to be very confrontational.
But as far as this list goes, Kenyon Martin is just the tip of the iceberg.
9. Antawn Jamison: $13,358,905
Antawn Jamison was Lebron’s consolation prize last year when the Cavs couldn’t pull the trigger on what was essentially a JJ Hickson for Amar’e Stoudemire swap.
The Cavs hoped that Jamison would help propel the Cavs to a championship and keep LeBron around for a new contract.
Well, we all know how that turned out.
Now Jamison is serving time on the Cavs with the rest of Cleveland’s cast of vagabonds.
Jamison is now making $13,358,905 for the worst team in the league. He isn’t doing all that much to help his team win (besides a big three-pointer against the Clippers).
No one on a record-breakingly bad team should be making the kind of money Jamison is cashing in.
(The only reason Jamison is higher on this list than Martin is because of the Cavs’ abysmal record).
8. Richard Hamilton: $12,650,000
Rip was once a championship-winning, All-Star sharp-shooter.
These days Hamilton is spending his days playing a clogged-up position for a dreadful Detroit Pistons team.
Yet, he is still making the kind of money he deserved seven years ago.
He is declining and playing for a terrible team, and nowhere near a $12 million player.
7. Nazr Mohammed: $6,883,800
Nazr Mohammed was never more than a serviceable big-man, in my opinion.
But now he is much less than that.
Nazr is making nearly $7 million for the struggling Bobcats.
6. Desagna Diop: $6,478,600
Desagna Diop has been all around the league in not too many years and hasn’t really stuck around with any one team for too long.
This is because he isn’t very good.
But if you are seven feet tall, someone is bound to give you a chance.
He is making $6,478,600 for the Bobcats.
5. Dan Gadzuric: $7,243,750
Dan Gadzuric is, and always has been a backup bigman, why any team would open up their checkbooks like this for a player like Gadzuric is beyond me.
(For some reason) the Warriors are paying Gadzuric $7,243,750.
4. Nick Collison: $13,250,000
In the last few years the Sonics/Thunder have done very well in the draft, proving that you can still build a team through the draft.
But one of their larger miscues has been Nick Collison (12th overall in 2003).
This year, Collison is making $13.25 million—All-Star money for four points and four rebounds in 20 minutes a game for OKC.
Collison has been a terrible investment for the Thunder.
3. Eddy Curry: $11,276,863
Eddy Curry, Eddy Curry, Eddy Curry.
The Knicks traded away a very real future* for who they believed to be that future.
Curry has gone through some very tough things in his life. In fact his girlfriend and child were murdered by home invaders.
Is it because of that Eddy Curry turned to food? There is no way to no for sure. But he has become very overweight and injury-prone.
A lot of his injuries would not have afflicted him had he been in better shape.
Right now, Curry's only value is his $11,276,863 expiring contract.
His lowest point may have been when he was spotted munching on some McDonalds’ french fries on the bench during a Knicks game.
He is participating in practice, but is not an active player on the bench. Curry hasn’t stepped foot on the floor all year.
As I said before, his only value is the gigantic contract he doesn’t deserve in the first place.
*Two of the picks the Knicks traded to the Bulls ended up being used to select LaMarcus Aldridge and Joakim Noah
2. Rashard Lewis: $20,514,000
Rashard Lewis is (and will continue to be for a few years to come) the highest paid player in the game.
One of the best shooters in the game at one time, Rashard Lewis was recently traded to the Washington Wizards by the Orlando Magic in exchange for problem-point Gilbert Arenas.
While it is not Lewis’ fault that the Wizards are in their current position of 15-39, as he is a new(ish) arrival, but he is certainly not doing all that much to help the Wizards win.
By no means does a guy with a pretty good three-point shot, some height, and not that much else, should be the highest paid player in the league.
His contract is not set to expire for two more years, so there is no help for the Wizards in terms of money coming off the books anytime soon.
Although Lewis already makes more than the current maximum contract, this is the exact reason that the owners are looking to lower the max deal.
Lewis should not be making max money no matter what that how much that is.
Rashard Lewis is an aging shooter and nothing more.
1. Peja Stojakovic: $14,896,000
Peja Stojakovic is one of the best sharp-shooters in recent memory, but now he has declined into a serviceable role player, able to hit a couple threes now and then.
Peja is now playing for the Mavs as they picked him up shortly after Caron Butler went down for the season, for a very small contract, but he is still being paid $14,896,000 by the Toronto Raptors who waived Peja earlier this year.
Last time I checked, a player averaging 8.8 ppg and just two rebounds should not be making nearly $15 million.
That is simply ridiculous.
Honorable Mention: Elton Brand, $15,959,099
At this time last year, Elton Brand would be very high on this list, but his numbers have picked up just enough to keep him in the Honorable Mentions category.
He is averaging 15 and nine compared to last year’s 13 and six.
Honorable Mention: Andrei Kirilenko, $17,822,187
Although his stats aren’t nearly as pretty as they used to be, Kirilenko is a very useful player.
He’s tall and long, plays good defense, can hit some shots here and there, and is one of those “glue guys” we all hear so much about.
Guys like Kirilenko are worth a lot of money to some teams, but $17,822,187? Come on!
Role players should not be getting that kind of money (especially one’s with Bieber haircuts, but that’s beside the point).
Kirilenko is one of those you want on your team but can never get your hands on because he has so much value to his team. But he is not really worth $17,822,187.
Honorable Mention: Mehmet Okur, $9,450,000
Kirilenko’s longtime teammate, Mehmet Okur is making almost $10 million, which is vey reasonable for an All-Star center.
But Mehmet Okur is no longer the All-Star center he once was. In fact he is does not even start for the Jazz anymore.
$9,450,000 is just too much money to be paying for a backup center.
Honorable Mention: Tyson Chandler, $12,278,618
Last year Tyson Chandler would be on the list, but he has been extremely valuable to the Dallas Mavericks. In fact I don’t think they would be near where they are right not without Chandler.
Chandler was at one point Chris Paul’s alley-oop partner. But the Hornets tried to trade him to the OKC Thunde, which didn’t go through because Chandler failed to pass his physical.
He was then traded to Charlotte in exchange for center Emeka Oakefor. Chandler had little success for Charlotte and was traded last offseason to the Mavericks for almost nothing.
Something clicked for Chandler in Dallas and he has been very good for the Mavs, which he better be, considering his exorbitant $12,278,618 contract.
He has really stepped up significantly since the last few years and is doing more to earn his large contract.
Honorable Mention: Michael Redd, $18,300,000
Lastly we have Michael Redd, the reason he is not on the list is because of his propensity for injuries.
He was/is a great scorer and could have done a lot more for the Bucks if he wasn’t on the bench in street clothes for so many of their games.
Redd was on his way to being a premier scorer but he just has so much trouble staying healthy.
Michael Redd is making $18,300,000 for a team he barely plays for.
It is ludicrous that one player can drain so much money from one franchise for such little production in return.
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