With the 2011-2012 NBA season in jeopardy due to the lockout, one thing is for sure; When the lockout is lifted, a free agent frenzy will ensue resulting in players being overpaid for what they are really worth.
This years free agent class is no where near as talented as last years group, with many good free agents but no great free agents roaming free.
With not a lot of options and a likely short free agent period due to the lockout—teams are going to get in bidding wars to acquire players that will end up not being worth their price-tags.
Tyson Chandler and these 5 guys will top the list of overpaid players once the free-agency period comes and goes.
2010 Stats: 15 points, 4.1 rebounds. (29 games played)
Caron Butler was putting together a good year for the Dallas Mavericks before he went down with a season ending knee injury, but there was nothing great about his play.
He was a really strong compliment to Dirk Nowitzki on the offensive end, but defensively he was nor has he even been anything special defensively.
Butler's numbers have been majorly on the decline since the 2008-2009 season when he scored 20 points per night, since then he has seen his per night scoring average drop five points.
Butler's best days were far behind him even before the season ending knee surgery, and now at 31 years of age a team will overpay to see what Butler has left in the tank—my guess not much more then 14 points per night.
2010: 15.6 points, 1.8 assist.
Jason Richardson has become a spot-up three point shooter over the past few seasons and that's about all your going to get out of him at this stage of his career.
Still, with two guards hard to come by this year—Jason Richardson will be overpaid.
He's become about as one dimensional as any player in the NBA, and granted he can shoot good from deep (.39% last season) a two guard needs to be able to get to the rim and pass better. Also, Richardson is an average defender at best.
2010 Stats: 18.9 points, 7.6 rebounds.
David West have been one of the better power-forwards in the NBA for sometime now, but he's also played with the best point-guard in the league his entire career.
West has undoutabley put up great numbers during his eight years with the Hornets, but how good will he be without Chris Paul?
This will be the gamble with David West, but some General Manager will take West and sign him to a multi-year deal, even though he's 30 and his number have dropped all-around the past two seasons.
2010 Stats: 14.2 points, 3.2 assists.
Jamal Crawford has been a steady scorer during his 11 years in the NBA, but his numbers have begun to drop and his scoring average was as low as it's been since the 2003-2003 season.
Some team will snag Crawford as their starting two guard, but at 31 years of age and him being suspect defender (put nicely), that will more then likely prove to be a mistake.
The Atlanta Hawks have used Jamal Crawford exactly how he should be used—as a sixth man.
Crawford is a great form of offense off the bench, but when a team throws signs him to a four year deal as a starter that's when the mistake will be made.
2010 Stats: 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks.
Every year it seems that one player from the Championship-winning team benefits drastically from wining the title (Trevor Ariza) and this year it's Tyson Chandler.
Chandler was no doubt a vital piece in Dallas wining a championship, but he's going to get paid as a player that can turn a franchise around—and that's not the player he is.
Despite being a great defensive presence, Chandler has little to offer on the offensive end and if I'm going to dish out Star money on a player, I want greatness on both ends of the court.
During Chandlers 10-year career, he's only averaged double digit points twice, and double digit rebound twice as well.
Bottom line on Chandler is he's going to hover around 10 points and nine boards per night. Nothing spectacular, though he will get paid like he's going to average 18 and 10 next year.