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All-Overpaid Team

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by rhadamanthus, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. rhadamanthus

    rhadamanthus Contributing Member

    Nov 20, 2002
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    Some former rockets in here. No surprise really, but where is Moochie? :)

    And you thought you paid a lot of gas
    By Sean Deveney - SportingNews

    Sean Deveney

    "With these bank statements, who needs bank shots?"

    "It doesn't matter if you stink, as long as you are stinking rich."

    "Please, someone, help me with my wallet."

    It's a difficult task, coming up with a proper slogan for my favorite collection of NBA players. That would be members of the Bryant "Big Country" Reeves Memorial Team, a group that best represents the NBA's overpaid masses, one chosen annually based on the vast difference between its performance and its paychecks.

    Mind you, the BBCRMT committee understands that blame for absurd overpayment falls on management, not players. Still, some BBCRMT members are notoriously lazy. Others are genetic lottery winners who happen to be really, really tall (six of the 10 members are full-time or part-time centers). Others just had exceptional timing.

    There are ground rules for making the team. Waived players are not eligible -- out of sight, out of mind. Players injured more than half the season (Allan Houston, Penny Hardaway) get a pass. Players with new contracts are not eligible. It's unlikely Jerome James and Joe Johnson will live up to their new contracts, but we'll give them a chance to prove they can't.

    Once they don't, perhaps they can crack this lineup, the 2005 BBCRMT:

    1. Tim Thomas, SF, Knicks: $14.5 million. Thomas was awarded a monstrous $67 million contract from the Bucks in 2000 when it appeared the Bulls and Magic might make big offers. He averaged 12.0 points last season and often was outplayed by rookie Trevor Ariza, who will make less than 5 percent of Thomas' salary this season.

    2. Adonal Foyle, C, Warriors: $7.7 million. Foyle has been a tireless activist for getting college students politically involved. A lot of good that does the Warriors when they need a basket in the post. Foyle will make $41 million over five years despite averaging 4.5 points in 21.8 minutes last season.

    3. Jason Collins, C, Nets: $5 million. Collins is a decent defender, but he shoots 41.8 percent from the field, which is bad -- if you're a guard. For a center, it's impossibly bad. Collins' twin brother, Jarron, is a center for the Jazz who has put up similar numbers (better shooting, fewer blocks). But Jarron makes $1.8 million.

    4. Austin Croshere, SF, Pacers: $8.9 million. Croshere chose a good time to peak -- in the 2000 Finals, averaging 15.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. The Pacers coughed up $51 million for Croshere that summer. Alas, he's a defensive liability and a streaky shooter. Croshere is lauded in Indy for being prepared and professional. For $8.9 million, a little professionalism doesn't seem much to ask.

    5. Keith Van Horn, Mavericks. $15.7 million. The Nets thought they had a star when they gave Van Horn $73 million in 1999. Turns out they had a nice role player. He is Dallas' seventh man, but he makes more than anyone who took the floor in last season's Finals except Tim Duncan (who gets $100,000 more).

    6. Maurice Taylor, PF, Knicks: $9.2 million. Taylor can be a useful post scorer, but he plays defense as though he has somewhere else to be, and he seems more likely to work on a bacon burger than a Bowflex. Taylor's averages (7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds) are lower than teammate Mike Sweetney's (8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds), but Taylor will make $7 million more this season.

    7. Michael Olowokandi, C, Timberwolves: $5.9 million. Seems safe to file Olowokandi in the bust bin. When it comes to desire, he's Mr. Roper and basketball is Helen. Last season, his seventh, featured career lows in scoring and rebounding.

    8. Scot Pollard, C, Pacers: $6.2 million. The Pacers survived the loss of Brad Miller two years ago, but Pollard had as much to do with that as, say, Zan Tabak. Pollard battled injuries last season, but even when healthy the previous year, he averaged 1.7 points and 2.7 rebounds.

    9. Antonio Davis, F/C, Bulls: $14 million. Bulls coach Scott Skiles calls Davis' leadership "invaluable" to the young team. But the bet here is if Skiles were forced to put a value on that leadership, it'd be far south of $14 million. Davis averaged career lows of 7.0 points and 5.9 rebounds last season.

    10. Kelvin Cato, C, Magic: $8.6 million. Laugh all you want about teams that overpay based on good postseasons, but the Rockets gave Cato six years and $42 million based on a good preseason. Cato is a solid defensive big man, but for $8.6 million, is developing a hook shot too much to ask?

    Bargain bin

    Picking a team of overpaid players is not difficult in a league where the average salary is around $5 million. What's truly tough, though, is finding enough players to round out an anti-BBCRMT.

    1. Ben Wallace, C, Pistons: $6.5 million. A small price to pay for the Defensive Player of the Year.

    2. Primoz Brezec, C, Bobcats: $2.5 million. After withering on Indiana's bench, Brezec had a breakthrough season in Charlotte (13.0 points, 7.4 rebounds).

    3. Earl Boykins, PG, Nuggets: $2.7 million. This jitterbug point guard consistently is one of the league's best sixth men.

    4. Joel Przybilla, C, Trail Blazers: $1.7 million. After the All-Star break, he averaged 8.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks.

    5. Bruce Bowen, SF, Spurs. $3.3 million. He's the best perimeter defender in the league.
  2. pgabriel

    pgabriel Contributing Member

    Dec 6, 2002
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    Two contracts that the Rockets initiated on that list and they could've added Moochies.
  3. foodworld

    foodworld Member

    Jun 16, 2002
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    C-Adonal Foyle
    he's actually a fairly skilled player, but he shows up to training camp EVERY SINGLE YEAR out of shape and has to play himself into shape. what did he ever do to earn his contract?
    PF-Rasho Nesterovic
    has no offensive game at all. soft and passive.
    SF-Juwan Howard
    a washed-up turnstile on defense. the rockets had much better luck with Dirk without him.
    SG-Wally Szcerbiak
    he flat-out sucks. a ball-dominating cancer with little going for him outside of his shot.
    PG-Steve Francis
  4. BigM

    BigM Contributing Member

    Jul 1, 2001
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    fisher should be on there. cato never played up to his contract but he improved to where it wasn't THAT bad. this last year at 8.9 hurts though.
  5. BigM

    BigM Contributing Member

    Jul 1, 2001
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    did you not watch any rocket's basketball last year? when howard was healthy the rocket's played BY FAR their best basketball of the season. not a great defender but he was an important part of the offense.
  6. A-Train

    A-Train Contributing Member

    Jan 1, 2000
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    The Rockets had the overpaid hall of fame at one point with Cato, Taylor, and Moochie
  7. bejezuz

    bejezuz Contributing Member

    Jun 26, 2002
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    Was that before or after we traded Shandn Andersn? I can't believe that guy is still in the league.
  8. m_cable

    m_cable Contributing Member

    Dec 12, 2002
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    Am I the only one that laughed out loud on this one. It's so inexplicably from left-field that I couldn't help myself.
  9. Easy

    Easy Very Calm
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    Jul 23, 2002
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    When did JH became a SF? And you think we had a better chance of beating Dallas without him than with him? And FYI, Howard used to be one of the most overpaid players in the league. But that was his FORMER contract. His current contract is pretty decent for his worth.
  10. shawn786

    shawn786 Member

    Jul 8, 2003
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    Well even his current contract is a little bit to much. Not for the fact how much its worth per a year but beucase its soo long. None the less he should not be any where near that list.
  11. deadlybulb

    deadlybulb Contributing Member

    Oct 13, 2002
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    Nice Tabak reference!
  12. JuanValdez

    JuanValdez Contributing Member

    Feb 14, 1999
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    Interesting there are no guards on his overpaid team at all.
  13. Mr. Clutch

    Mr. Clutch Contributing Member

    Nov 8, 2002
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    And last year Maloney could have been on it too.
  14. emjohn

    emjohn Contributing Member

    Jul 29, 2002
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    You're right, in that he never played a minute at the 3 last year (or in recent years). But he did enter the league as a tweener, and played SF during his time in Washington with Webber.

  15. rockergordon

    rockergordon Member

    Jul 12, 2002
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    Damn.....we had two dudes on that list and we managed to get rid of them.... Imagine if the Knicks had our staff...
  16. gucci888

    gucci888 Contributing Member

    May 20, 2002
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    PG: Alvin Williams- Not getting paid a lot, but not playing at all.
    SG: Allan Houston- That's a 20M paperweight on the bench.
    SF: Tim Thomas- Just way too much for him, healthy or not.
    PF: KVH- 16M for Van Horn is terrible.
    C: Antonio Davis- 14M for him is very, very overpaid.

    Honorable Mention: Foyle, Rose, MoT, Baker, JH.
  17. dharocks

    dharocks Contributing Member

    Jun 24, 2003
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    Ron Artest and Peja should both be on the bargain list.

    Eddie Jones should be on the overpaid list.
  18. tycoonchip

    tycoonchip Tilman has Aids!
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    Dec 25, 1999
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    wow and to think we traded all of them except for Moochie. Well he was gone until late last year. Wow why on earth did we get suckered in to picking him up. Actually the team that I really felt overpaid players was the Heat. It just seemed they had the largest source of funds or something. They had eddie jones who didn't play up to expectations, they had brian grant, and they had odom. I mean I guess they all clicked together when wade appeared but still..... woah did they overpay. I also remember them constantly throwing money at alonzo's way even with his kidney ailments. Woah that had to hurt.

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