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Jamie’s Picks for Most Overpaid NBA Players

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Jamie’s Picks for Most Overpaid NBA Players


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Sometimes when I think about how much basketball players are paid, I have a little cry to myself. Not really, but it’s a ridiculous amount. That being said, there are certain players that are definitely overpaid for their performances. So, that’s what we’re gonna talk about today, baby.

Evan Turner

Turner was the second overall pick his draft year and had a couple outstanding seasons when he was in Boston and Philly. He shot nearly 46% from the field and averaged 10.5 points per game off the bench in the ’16 season with Boston. Naturally, it seemed like he’d be an amazing role player for the Trail Blazers. After leaving the Celtics, he signed a four-year $70 million contract with Portland.

Since signing with Portland, his shooting percentage has decreased, as well as his points per game and basically every other stat. He hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations after his great season with Boston. Turner doesn’t really give a single shit, saying, “My contract – that’s my bread, and I earned my bread. So, kiss my ass.” Welp.

Andrew Wiggins

Get. Yo. MONEY.

Wiggins signed a five-year $146.5 million max contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Holy shit, that’s a lot of money for such a young player, especially a young player who’s been struggling. Expectations for Wiggins were high enough before, but have increased drastically after this new deal.

I like Andrew Wiggins a lot. He’s an incredibly talented player with crazy athleticism and strength. I think he has amazing potential and it seems like the Timberwolves do, too. This past season, his stats took a bit of a hit. Sure, this may have had to do with the fact that Jimmy Butler joined the roster, taking away from Wiggins’ touches, but still. His field goal percentage hit a new low, as did his free throw percentage (64.3%, yikes). I hope Minnesota’s faith in him isn’t in vain.

Zach LaVine

It made me lol that the Kings made an offer for Zach LaVine for $78 million for four years. It made me lol even more that the Bulls decided to match that offer and keep him.

You may remember Zach LaVine from winning the 2016 dunk contest and that’s it. The guy suffered an ACL injury and didn’t play very well after returning from it. Last season in Chicago his shot percentage was down to a less-than-stellar 38.3% after being at 45.9% the year before in Minnesota.  Perhaps this big contract will put the pressure on LaVine to bounce back, but that’s yet to be determined. For now, it seems like a lot of extra money for not a whole lot of anything, especially defense.

Carmelo Anthony

Remember how excited I was about Westbrook, George, and Anthony all being on the Thunder? That changed quickly. Mostly because of the fact that Melo just didn’t work with the way Donovan plays his team. He wasn’t efficient, in fact, he posted career-lows in nearly every category. OKC actually played better with Anthony on the bench.

Last year, Anthony had the 12th-highest salary in the league. I’m wondering where he’s going to go next season. George and Westbrook will work better without him, and his $26 million salary will hopefully add more role-players who work better on the team. Let me say that again – Carmelo Anthony made $26 million last year. Are you crying? Me too.

Harrison Barnes

Oh, Dallas, what have you done? After a couple decent seasons in Golden State, the Mavericks offered Barnes a four-year contract worth $95 million. Barnes played well with the Warriors, thanks to his teammates. He shot well off of open looks from his teammates and added a good offensive boost to Curry and Thompson’s insane contributions.

That being said, he’s being paid like a mega-superstar in Dallas. He’s…not one. Don’t get me wrong, he’s certainly not a bad player – he’s a good player worth maybe $15 million a year. Maybe. The Warriors replaced him in the starting lineup with Kevin Durant. Just…think about that, will you?

Who do you guys think are the most overpaid players in the league?

Jamie is an actress, bar manager (and frequenter), beauty blogger, INFP, and of course, NBA fanatic living in Los Angeles. She spends most of her free time curating her Spotify playlists, eating Korean BBQ with her boyfriend, and deciding what color lipstick to wear.

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