A lot of players live up to the expectations of their contract but there are those who received huge contracts totally disproportionate to their production on the court. As a result, their teams are hobbled with their bad contracts, unable to trade them or acquire new players to remain competitive. Simply put, there are several overpaid players who don’t deserve it. Here are some of the worst contracts for the 2014-15 NBA season:
1) Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million)—Averaging only 12 points and 5 rebounds per game last season, Stoudemire will have the 2nd highest salary in the NBA (second only to Kobe Bryant) this season. He will even make more than LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Even if he can double his production, which is highly unlikely due to his age (31) and injuries, he still won’t be earning his keep. He is one of the reasons why the New York Knicks continues to be mediocre with their bevy of overpaid but underperforming “stars.”
2) Joe Johnson ($23.1 million) —Meanwhile, Johnson has the 3rd highest salary in the league. If we go by his production of 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, his salary would be better spent on someone like Lance Stephenson and another player. Johnson is good but he is in no way great. Additionally, he doesn’t even play any defense. His salary is a standing joke in the league.
3) Deron Williams ($19.7 million)—Deron, Johnson’s teammate in the Brooklyn Nets, played only 64 games last season and simply disappeared in the playoffs. The Nets had high hopes for Williams as they assembled a championship-caliber team around him. He did not live up to the hype and was merely a shell of his old self. The team has announced that he requires more surgery to his problematic ankles and this is definitely a red flag.
4) Rudy Gay ($19.3 million)— Gay will earn more than some highly-touted players like Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, and Russell Westbrook next season. Another prime example of a bad contract, Gay averaged just 20 points and 6 rebounds on a terrible Sacramento team.
Gay exercised his contract option with the Kings for the last year of his deal. Maybe he knows that he cannot command such a price in the open market. At 28, Gay will be a free agent next season and teams will probably only pay him half of what he is getting.
5) Kobe Bryant ($23.5 million) —Despite major injuries in the last few seasons, Bryant will be the highest paid NBA player for the next two seasons. While Kobe has 5 titles under his belt, I personally don’t think that he can still play at an elite level. His salary sucks up a lot of resources especially now that the Lakers are in full rebuilding mode. The competitive fire may still be there but sadly that is no longer enough.