(From the FanPosts. We're only on the list once! - TZ)
We all know that there are a lot of onerous NBA contracts out there. So I thought it might be fun to try to rank (or at least list) the really bad ones. I started with individuals but quickly came to realize that the list was getting far too long. So I settled on the worst contracts by team instead, grouping bad contracts where it seemed appropriate. Also, I left out expiring contracts (T-Mac, K9, etc.) to keep this list manageable. Most of my information comes from DraftExpress, but I did rely on HoopsHype for those players that DraftExpress hadn't updated. (Sorry Pook.)
And now, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the worst contract situations in the NBA...
TOP 14 (in ascending order of value)
New York Knicks
Eddy Curry: 2 years, $21.8M
Comment: The ghost of Isaiah still haunts the Garden.
Eric Dampier: 2 years, $25.2M
Comment: The guy is a decent defender, but uh...
DeSagana Diop: 4 years, $26.8M
Comment: Whose idea was this anyway?
New Orleans Hornets
Peja Stojakovic: 2 years, $27.6M
Comment: This guy is arguably the fourth best player on his team...and the highest paid.
Kenyon Martin: 2 years, $32.2M
Comment: Don't get me wrong, the guy is decent. Especially for someone who had microfracture surgeries on both knees.
Zach Randolph: 2 years, $33.3M
Comment: Did I mention the ghost of Isaiah anywhere in this post?
Andrei Kirilenko: 2 years, $34.3M
Comment: Didn't this guy used to be good?
Troy Murphy/Mike Dunleavy: $43.4M guaranteed over the next two years
Comment: Bad contracts by Chris Mullin. Worse acquisition by Larry Bird.
Beno Udrih/Andres Nocioni: $47.8M guaranteed over the next four years
Comment: Nuff said.
Golden State Warriors
Corey Maggette/Stephen Jackson: $75.1M guaranteed over the next four years
Comment: Not enough overpaid swing men on this team.
Rashard Lewis: 4 years, $81.4M
Comment: Sure the guy is good, but this is Lebron/Kobe-type money. What were they thinking?
Baron Davis/Chris Kaman: $87.7M guaranteed over the next four years
Comment: Maybe they should sign Allen Iverson.
Elton Brand/Samuel Dalembert: $93.0M guaranteed over the next four years
Comment: I would have gone to Paul Lynde for the block, but this may work out.
Gilbert Arenas/Antawn Jamison: $136.4M guaranteed over the next five years
Comment: Jamison is 33. Arenas has played 15 games over two seasons. Oi!
Andrea Bargnani: 6 years, $56.5M
Comment: That's a pretty major gamble for a perimeter scoring big man who doesn't play defense.
Kevin Garnett: 3 years, $56.6M
Comment: If KG is healthy? A bargain. If not? Ouch!
Andrew Bogut: 5 years, $60.0M
Comment: Like Toronto, certain teams don't want to believe that the first overall pick might not deserve first overall money. TBD.
Luol Deng: 5 years, 61.7M
Comment: Bit of a gamble there. Especially for a guy who's missed 50 games in two seasons.
Anderson Varejao/Mo Williams: $73.7M guaranteed over the next five years
Comment: Take King James out of the picture and these two contracts might look downright ugly.
(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)