When it comes to professional sports, NBA players are the most well-compensated team sports athletes in the world. With ten players making more than $30 million this season as opposed to MLB who had four and professional soccer had three. While the three FIFA players raked in a ridiculous amount individually, paid nearly twice as much as Steph Curry's $37 million contract pays.
Throughout the league, there are players on each team who are treated and paid like the superstars they are and while the regular 9-to-5 population will never even sniff the annual salary that these stars make, there are still some players in the league that are underpaid for their efforts. Below we survey each team's overpaid and underpaid players and the impact that they have on their squad using stat lines, percentages, and win shares. Keep in mind that there are a couple players on this list who are in the midst of their rookie contracts. Considering that these deals are set by the league, it is tough to determine the true value of these young players, but judging by their stat lines, some are seriously underpaid in comparison to their veteran teammates.
30 Atlanta: Miles Plumlee (Overpaid)/Taurean Prince (Underpaid)
In order to get rid of Dwight Howard, a player they had just brought in at the beginning of the 2016 season, the Hawks were willing to take on Plumlee's contract and talent deficiencies. Yes, the Hawks needed to go into a full rebuild, but they were parting ways with a $20+ million, double-double presence who could still impact the game on both ends of the floor for a career journeyman who had a $12.5 million price tag.
On the other end of the spectrum, the new era Hawks may be void of a superstar, but they have some pieces like Prince that make for talented building blocks. In the third year of his rookie contract, the power forward, who saw his stats catapult between his rookie and second season, is proving his worth when he is up for free agency in 2020.
29 Boston Celtics - Gordon Hayward (Overpaid) / Terry Rozier (Underpaid)
He was an All-Star the year before the Celtics picked up the former Jazz small forward in free agency, but even at that point, some wondered if Hayward was worth the $30 million a season that Boston was on the table for. To be fair, Hayward has battled back from a serious, nearly career-ending injury to regain his spot in the C's starting unit, but has seen a huge dip in his stats since his All-Star season in Utah, it is hard to feel that he will ever be worth the full value of his contract.
Currently playing out the final year of his contract and earning just over $3 million, Rozier proved last season that he has the ability to run a team of his own as he stepped in for the injured Kyrie Irving for sixteen regular season games and then increased his stat contribution during the Celtics run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The former Louisville Cardinal made some even talk about the Celtics parting ways with Irving in trade and slotting Rozier into the Boston starting unit.
28 Brooklyn Nets - Allen Crabbe (Overpaid) / Spencer Dinwiddie (Underpaid)
For $18 million a year, you would think that a player like Crabbe would be among the leading scorers on a bad team like the Nets. Now that's fair enough, not everyone is a scorer, but when your career high in rebounds is 4 per game and you can't even dish out at least two dimes in a season, it is not money well spent.
After being cast off from the Chicago Bulls, following two years in Detroit, Dinwiddie appears to have found a home with the Nets. Last year when starting point guard D'Angelo Russell went down with injury, the California native stepped in and surprised many with his ability to lead the team. This season, Dinwiddie may be back with the second unit, but his shooting percentages and scoring are at an all-time high, which may be ironic considering he is set to become a free agent and awaits a lofty pay increase.
27 Charlotte Hornets - Nicolas Batum (Overpaid) / Kemba Walker (Underpaid)
In the summer of 2015, the Portland Trailblazers knew that, with only one year remaining on his contract, that Swiss Army knife Batum would be seeking a big payday once his commitment to the team came to an end. Although he was never an All-Star, Batum gave the team a little bit of everything on both ends of the court. Instead of breaking the bank, the team traded the seventh year forward to the Hornets for two players that are no longer with the Blazers. On the flipside, the Hornets backed up the Brinks truck and handed Batum to a five-year/$120 million deal.
You could argue that Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard may have been better selections with the ninth pick in 2011, but Walker, a two-time All-Star, is doing his best to prove otherwise. Far and away the best player that the Hornets have, Walker, currently among the top five scorers in the league and the only reason why Charlotte holds an early season playoff spot, is vastly underpaid at $12 million.
26 Chicago Bulls - Jabari Parker (Overpaid) / Bobby Portis (Underpaid)
When the Bulls signed Paker to a two-year/$40 million deal, Zach LaVine let out a sigh of relief. After Chicago matched Sacramento's multiyear mega-million offer sheet for LaVine, many were left shaking their heads as to why the Bulls would be willing to break the bank for the young, athletic guard. But with Parker's $20 million a season and the proclamation that players are paid to put the ball in the hoop, not for their defense, he takes the weight of the city off LaVine's shoulders even for just a couple of seasons.
It was just a short time ago that Portis was literally fighting for his job with the Bulls. Sure, there were probably better ways to compete for his job, but Portis showed the team his true value as an energizer off the bench. While he is currently sidelined with an MCL injury, Portis was averaging a double-double to start the final year of his rookie contract, earning a shade under $3 million. Whether the Bulls think that Portis is part of their continued rebuilding project or not, he will more than likely see his salary double by some team next season.
25 Cleveland Cavaliers - J.R. Smith (Overpaid) / Cedi Osman (Underpaid)
The hot mess that is the Cleveland Cavaliers has decided it is better to have Smith sit at home and collect his $14.7 million than to have him suit up on a nightly basis. Fair enough, as the team is in a rebuilding mode and the 33-year-old shooting guard was having the worst statistical season of his career. However it wasn't too long ago, October 2016 to be exact, that the team offered Smith a four-year/$57 million deal on the heels of winning their first championship.
One of the Cavs' young rebuilding pieces is Cedi Osman, who, after leaning heavily on LeBron James and friends during his rookie year and the offseason, has come out on fire this season and is definitely a building block for the future. It's odd to have $14 million sit at home while less than $3 million is playing his heart out.
24 Dallas Mavericks - Harrison Barnes (Overpaid) / J.J. Barea (Underpaid)
The Mavericks may have one of the richest owners in the league and one who isn't afraid to spend his money, but amazingly enough, even with the third lowest payroll in the league, the team has managed to play near .500 basketball this season. In the summer of 2016, Mark Cuban signed off on a four-year/$94.4 million deal for the former Golden State Warrior. At 26-years-old, Barnes is entering the prime of his career, but when you consider that he is the highest paid player on the team, it just seems like more is expected of him.
He has never been paid like a superstar, nor has he been treated like one, but the Mavericks backup point guard is one of the most underrated players in the league and has been paid like one as well. Earning only $3.7 million this season, the last year of his four-year/$16 million deal, Barea posted career-best stats last season and continues to play a consistent bulldog style of ball that makes him a valuable asset to the Mavericks.
23 Denver Nuggets - Paul Millsap (Overpaid) / Jamal Murray (Underpaid)
Do you know that Millsap is paid more than The Brow or The Greek Freak, or the Klaw? Yes, that's right, the Nuggets forward, who is eleventh on the salaries list, earning just under $30 million this season, is making more money than Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kawhi Leonard. Who would you rather be dishing out that kind of money to? Did we mention that the $29.7 million, part of a three-year/$90 million deal, which the Nuggets have paid out, has returned a stat line that is one of his lowest in a decade.
On the other hand, Murray, who is in the third year of his four year rookie contract is making only $3.4 million this season. Among the team leaders in points and assists, the Canadian guard is one of the focal points for the Nuggets success.
22 Detroit Pistons - Jon Leuer (Overpaid) / Reggie Bullock (Underpaid)
Some might want to put Blake Griffin's $32 million salary on this list, but BG is having one of, if not the, best year of his career. Leuer, on the other hand, who is earning $10 million this season has fallen back to his journeyman numbers. Two years ago, the Pistons signed the free agent forward to a multi-million free agent deal, which he rewarded the team with his best statistical season. Since then, his stats and playing time have been on a decline. Playing only eight games so far this season and eight in all of last season, Leuer is a very well-compensated cheerleader.
Last season, Bullock became a majority starter for the first time in his career and in turn had the best season of his career. This year, Bullock remains as part of the starting unit, posting similar numbers to last year, while making a quarter of what Leuer is paid.
21 Golden State Warriors - Andre Iguodala (Overpaid) / Quinn Cook (Underpaid)
Sure, he was once your Finals MVP and has an impact on the game that isn't always seen on the stat sheet, but that MVP award was given four years ago and ever since then Iggy's contributions and availability have been on the decline. Earning $16 million this season as part of a three-year/$48 million deal that was signed in the summer of 2017, don't be surprised to see the three-time champ hang them up at the end of 2020.
The role that Shaun Livingston played for the past five seasons appears to have been taken over by Cook. Taking over the point guard role with the second unit, Cook has recently guided the starting five in Steph Curry's absence. Since joining the Warriors three days after the Hawks waived him in 2017, Cook appears to have found a home with the Dubs after floating around the league to start his career.
20 Houston Rockets - Brandon Knight (Overpaid) / P.J. Tucker (Underpaid)
To be fair to Knight, who continues to recover from a knee injury that has sidelined him since the 2016-17 season, he hasn't been able to prove his worth to the Houston Rockets. However, with that being said, the team was willing to trade Ryan Anderson and rookie De'Anthony Melton for Knight and Marquese Chriss. Basically, the trade has been a lose-lose situation for both the Rockets and Suns, but at least the Suns are paying for healthy players.
Tucker is like a Draymond Green-lite. He has the ability to do a little bit of everything as a 6'6" combo player. Currently posting his best numbers since his days in Phoenix, Tucker is the perfect complement to James Harden, Chris Paul, and coach Mike D'Antoni's system.
19 Indiana Pacers - Darren Collison (Overpaid) / Domantas Sabonis (Underpaid)
The Indiana Pacers have all of their young talent signed for at least next season, but one question that has started to arise is, who will be their starting point guard? Currently playing out the final year of his two-year/$20 million deal, Collison isn't exactly a top-tier point guard whom many feel is needed to take the team to the next level. This season, one in which the California native needs to prove his worth, has seen a drop in shooting percentages across the board as well as his lowest PPG and second lowest APG numbers.
Once thought as a throw-in as part of the Paul George / Victor Oladipo deal, Sabonis is posting better numbers than teammate Myles Turner, a player who the team has tagged a major piece of their future. Although they are roughly in the same pay scale this season (Tuner - $3.4M, Sabonis - $2.6M) the fact that Turner jumps to $18 million next year while Sabonis collects $3.5M is slightly concerning.
18 L.A. Clippers - Danilo Gallinari (Overpaid) / Montrezl Harrell (Underpaid)
If someone said at the beginning of the season that the Clippers would be tops in the Western Conference and Gallinari would not only play in 17 of the first 18 games but also start in each of them, would you believe it? Would you believe it if they said that at $21.5 million that the team was getting true value for their dollar? Right now the answer would be yes, however, based on history, the answer will, unfortunately, be no. On a team where there are no real superstars, Gallinari is paid like one, but for a player that has never played a full season in his career, it is a lot of money spent on a history of injury.
Rewarded with a new contract this summer, Harrell is proving to the Clippers that he may very well be worth double his two-year/$12 million deal. Still coming off the bench in an energizer role, Harrell is averaging more points than both of the team's top two centers combined and more boards than either of them. Did we mention he is paid less than both of them as well?
17 L.A. Lakers - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Overpaid) / JaVale McGee (Underpaid)
It's obvious that LeBron James is the Lakers highest paid player and deservingly so. However, would you believe that KCP is next on the payroll at $12 million? A year ago the Lakers inked Caldwell-Pope to a $17 million free agent deal, hoping that he would add some long-range shooting to the roster. His numbers weren't bad, but more worth $12M than $17M. This year, KCP is coming off the bench for the first time since his rookie year with the Pistons and averaging his second lowest numbers across the board.
McGee, coming off of two championships with the Warriors and being paid $10 million less than his teammate is having a career revitalization. Currently averaging career-highs in points, assists, and blocks, McGee would have probably found a home somewhere in the league as there is always a need for an athletic seven-footer, but signing with the Lakers may have been the best career choice for a man who had become a staple on Shaqtin' a Fool.
16 Memphis Grizzlies - Chandler Parsons (Overpaid) / Shelvin Mack (Underpaid)
Back in the summer of 2014, the Dallas Mavericks thought that they were getting a good deal when they signed Parsons to a two-year deal worth $30 million. They did. The Memphis Grizzlies, on the other hand, signed Parsons to a four-year / $94 million deal two years later, and they have not. Now in the third year of that contract, one that is paying him $24 million, Parsons has appeared in only three games and is averaging the least amount of playing time in his pro career. As a result, the 30-year-old small forward is also posting the lowest numbers since entering the league. Fortunately for Chandler and unfortunately for the Grizzlies, he has on more year and $25 million left on his contract.
Suiting up for his sixth team in eight years, Mack is having the second-best season of his career, leading the bench unit for the Grizzlies. Earning a shade over $2 million, Mack is proving to be a great value player for a revitalized Memphis team who are looking to bounce back from a forgettable 2017-18 season.
15 Miami Heat - Tyler Johnson (Overpaid) / Rodney McGruder (Underpaid)
In 2015-16, Johnson was earning less than a million dollars. For whatever reason, the New Jersey Nets thought that he was worth a four-year/$50 million deal. For even stranger reasons, the Miami Heat felt compelled to match that deal. Sure, he increased his production over the next two seasons and was compensated with a $5 million-plus deal each year, but he was still a backup point guard. Now in 2018 and still a backup, Johnson is raking in $19 million.
Johnson's teammate, however, has turned himself into a serviceable starter, who at $1.5 million, provides the team with more points, rebounds, assists and has better shooting percentages, while playing just five minutes more a night. GM Pat Riley may want to be careful when it comes to negotiations next summer when McGruder is up for free agency and his agent compares the two players' stats and contracts.
14 Milwaukee Bucks - John Henson (Overpaid) / Malcolm Brogdon (Underpaid)
Although he isn't the prolific scorer he once was while with the New Jersey Nets, the addition of Brook Lopez has benefited the Bucks greatly. While many thought he would clog the lane and cause issues for Milwaukee's offense, he has continued to extend his game to outside the three-point line. Last year's starter, Henson, on the other hand, doesn't have that option as part of his arsenal. This year, Milwaukee was hardly getting bang for their buck, as Henson was making $11 million coming off of the bench, and neither has Cleveland, after the Bucks traded him to the Cavs as part of the George Hill deal.
A diamond in the rough two years ago, the Bucks are getting huge value out of the 2017 Rookie Of The Year, Malcolm Brogdon. Currently playing out the final year of his first contract, Brogdon is setting himself up to earn a huge page increase in the summer by having his best season to date.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves - Andrew Wiggins (Overpaid) / Derrick Rose (Underpaid)
For all that was wrong with Jimmy Butler's departure from Minnesota, he wasn't necessarily incorrect about certain players and their impact on the team. For as talented as Wiggins is and remember he is still only 23-years-old, he hasn't really taken over and reached the level of play that many expected from him when he was drafted first overall by the Cavaliers and then traded to the Wolves. Paid like a top player in the league at $25 million for this season, the T-Wolves are treating Wiggins like the best player on the team, but he isn't exactly playing like it, posting the worst numbers of his young career.
Playing like he, and not Wiggins, should be the one making $25 million, Rose is playing like he found the fountain of youth and is reminding many of his MVP days in Chicago. Signed to a one-year/$2 million deal, Rose has far exceeded the minimal expectations that would be asked of a backup point guard, as he is currently second on the team in both points and assists.
12 New Orleans Pelicans - Solomon Hill (Overpaid) / Julius Randle (Underpaid)
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. During the spending spree that was the 2016 free agency period, the Pelicans signed Hill to a four-year/$48 million contract that immediately made Hill one of the most overpaid players in the league for the output received. This season, the former Arizona Wildcat is raking in over $12 million despite his lack of any valuable contribution to the success of the team. For a player who is fourth on the payroll list, his production certainly doesn't warrant the paycheque.
Why the Lakers didn’t extend the same contract offer to Randle that the Pelicans did is baffling. Considering he was one of the top two players on the team last year while averaging a career-high in points and being treated like a yo-yo off the bench, Randle would have been a great fit for the new-look Lakers. The Lakers' loss was the Pelicans gain.
11 New York Knicks - Joakim Noah (Overpaid) / Trey Burke (Underpaid)
Noah, the second highest paid player on the Knicks payroll, earning $18.5 million this season, has suited up for just 53 games in the last two years and is set to join the Memphis Grizzlies at some point this season following a buyout from New York. Far from the player that once was a double-double threat and the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year, Noah's tenure with the Knicks has been nothing but a disappointment from the start, another reminder of the failures of the great coach, but questionable GM Phil Jackson.
Whoever signed off on adding Trey Burke to the roster on a full-time basis, could be considered a genius when compared to Jackson. Once thought to be a bust of a lottery pick, Burke has played his best pro basketball while with the Knicks. With a $1.7 million deal this season, Burke is doing his best to make sure his next deal is a long-term contract. Although he has yet to lock down a full-time starting spot as he competes for minutes against Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina, Burke is leading the team in assists and is third in scoring.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder - Andre Roberson (Overpaid) / Nobody (Underpaid)
The OKC Thunder roster is made up of two superstars, a very hard-working blue-collar supporting big man and a bunch of smaller components that make the team run like a well-oiled machine. Last year, the team tried to add a third superstar, more in name than talent (Carmelo Anthony, of course), and the team sputtered. Roberson is one of those component pieces that has played an important part in the Thunder's success, but his work doesn't necessarily translate into stats. The question is, is he really worth $10 million a season when he is a one trick pony (defense) that has only made one All-Defensive team?
As far as Thunder players that can be considered underpaid, OKC is one of the few clubs in the league that has the majority of their roster earning basically what they should be, considering their contributions to the team. The stars are paid like stars and the role players are paid like role players.
9 Orlando Magic - Timofey Mozgov (Overpaid) / Nikola Vucevic (Underpaid)
The Magic have two seven-foot veteran big men on their roster that are polar opposites of each other in so many ways. One went undrafted, the other was a mid-first-round pick. One has an NBA Championship ring, the other is still searching for his first. One has put on six different jerseys in his eight years in the league, the other has put on two in seven seasons but has been a mainstay in Orlando since his sophomore year. One has been a career backup, the other has trotted out with the starting five in pretty much every game of his career with the Magic. One is being paid $16 million and has been sidelined since the start of the season and even when healthy, will most likely never get off the pine. The other is earning $12.7 million and is among the nightly leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. No prizes if you guessed which of these centers is Mozgov and which one is Vucevic.
8 Philadelphia 76ers - Markelle Fultz (Overpaid) / Ben Simmons (Underpaid)
While the Magic have similar big men, Philadelphia have similar point guards, at least when it comes to the contracts for all four players. Both Sixers guards, who were first overall picks in their respective drafts are on their rookie contracts. The difference is, Simmons is making an impact, while Fultz is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. After waiting for the most of, if not a full season for both point guards, the Sixers have benefitted greatly by having Simmons in their lineup and in his second season, he continues to be a triple-double threat. Sure, he's got no outside shot, but when you are hitting half of your shots from the field and still dropping roughly fifteen points a night, why fix what ain't broke?
As for Fultz, who earns $8.3 million this season, or two million more than his teammate, the unknown issues surrounding his shoulder injury and any mental issues that he may be having when it comes to his shot continue to haunt both the player and the team.
7 Phoenix Suns - Ryan Anderson (Overpaid) / Devin Booker (Underpaid)
The Suns have a nice core to build around for the future. Booker, T.J. Warren, Deandre Ayton, Josh Jackson, and Mikal Bridges are all 25-years-old and under. At just 22-years-old, the former Kentucky Wildcats shooting guard is one of the best young scorers in the league. Before his five-year/$158 million contract extension kicks in next year, Booker remains one of the best deals in the league at $3.3 million this season. Aside from his rookie year, Booker has led the Suns in scoring, averaging over 22 PPG with a percentage line of 42/36/84 over the course of three-plus seasons.
At the end of the summer of 2018, the Suns made a trade for another shooter, adding Anderson to their lineup. The unfortunate thing is that Anderson used to be a great "stretch four," extending the defense out to three-point territory. This year the 30-year-old has lost his bread and butter as he is having the worst shooting season of his career. With a $20 million payday, the only value that Anderson brings to the Suns is a trade chip next season.
6 Portland Trail Blazers - Meyers Leonard (Overpaid) / Nik Stauskas (Underpaid)
For some, $10.5 million gets you a lot. For the Blazers it gets you a player that is no longer considered to be a valuable asset. When Portland drafted Leonard with the 11th pick in 2012, they thought they were getting a multi-talented big man who could work the paint and hit from downtown. Neither has been the case, which makes many ask this question: why, after his rookie contract expired, did the team sign him to a four-year/$41 million extension? Did the Blazers think that they couldn't find five points and three rebounds for any cheaper? You could very easily swap in Evan Turner or Mo Harkless for Leonard as players that Portland has overpaid with very little return on investment.
As for underpaid players, those who may fit the bill are on rookie contracts or journeymen looking to keep one foot in the league. Pulling in $1.6 million, one might say that Nik Stauskas, who is quietly finding a rejuvenation in the Northwest after playing for three teams in four years, would be the best candidate for the title of underpaid.
5 Sacramento Kings - Iman Shumpert (Overpaid) / Buddy Hield (Underpaid)
The Kings are one of the early season surprises as they are currently playing .500 ball and hold a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Led by a young roster of players who, for the most part, did not match early career expectations, the patience of the Kings' management team may finally be paying off. In the final year of his contract, one that was signed while with the Cleveland Cavaliers and pays $11 million this season, the 28-year-old Shumpert is the third-oldest on the team. The question is, does he fit into the Kings future plans?
One of those young players who didn't match early predictions is the former University of Oklahoma superstar shooting guard, Buddy Hield. While not exactly Steph Curry 2.0 like the Kings once projected, Hield has finally started to find his comfort zone, shooting and scoring like he did when he was a highly sought out draftee in Oklahoma. For comparison's sake, Curry is currently hitting 51 and 49, while earning $34 million more than the Kings' starting shooting guard.
4 San Antonio Spurs - Pau Gasol (Overpaid) / Bryn Forbes (Underpaid)
With 18 years on his resume and countless miles on his 38-year-old body, the Spurs forward may officially be at the end of his career. Although he has only played 82 games a season three times during his certain Hall of Fame run, Gasol appears to be losing the battle with Father Time. With two years and $32 million left on his contract ($16 million per), the Spaniard is no longer the double-double threat he once was during his time in Memphis, L.A. or Chicago.
If you were to survey a number of people as to who the starting shooting guard for the Spurs is this season, very few, except the die-hards, would be able to name Forbes. Undrafted out of Michigan State, the third-year guard is another San Antonio diamond in the rough who has doubled his scoring production each year he has been with the team and at $3.1 million, is a great deal for the Spurs and looks to be another Gregg Popovich special.
3 Toronto Raptors - C. J. Miles (Overpaid) / Pascal Siakam (Underpaid)
The Raptors have long been one of the best teams in the league...during the regular season. Unfortunately they, along with the rest of the Eastern Conference, have had to deal with LeBron James. Now that the Chosen One is out West, the Eastern Conference title is up for grabs. With a blockbuster trade in the summer, the Raps are now looking like the team to beat. One of the keys to their success is the depth of their roster, which includes two role players that were brought in for different reasons. In the summer of 2017, Toronto brought Miles in to provide the team with an outside shooting threat. Fast forward to the 2018 season and for $8 million, the Raptors are getting a player who is closer to the teenager version of Miles than the one that caught their eye during his three year run in Indiana.
When Toronto drafted Siakam with the 27th pick in 2016, there were more notable college names available such as Skal Labissiere, Dejounte Murray, and Deyonta Davis. Murray started to find his role with the Spurs last season but a knee injury has him sidelined the rest of this season. Siakam, on the other hand, has outplayed many of his draft class peers, especially this season as Toronto's starting power forward. With a $1.5 million payday this season and $2.3M next year, the Raptors appear to have unearthed a gem.
2 Utah Jazz - Alec Burks (Overpaid) / Donovan Mitchell (Underpaid)
Before the Jazz swapped Burks for Kyle Korver, Utah was paying the seventh-year shooting guard $11.5 million for 8.3 PPG. That's not exactly horrible production for a player coming off the bench to replace either Donovan Mitchell or Joe Ingles, but for the money, it would have been better off spent elsewhere. Speaking of Mitchell, the runner-up to Rookie Of The Year, although he is having a slow start to the season in terms of his percentages and has seen a slight dip in his rebounding numbers, the electrifying guard out of Louisville is once again leading the team in scoring.
Many pundits and armchair experts had the Jazz among the top four in the West this season and although the team is currently on the outside looking in, expect them to be right in the thick of the playoffs, led by Mitchell. When your best player is in only his second year and making $3 million a season, it should be plenty of reason for the others on the roster to step up their game.
1 Washington Wizards - Ian Mahinmi (Overpaid) / Jeff Green (Underpaid)
The Washington Wizards, with all of their talent, are currently nothing but a hot mess. With over $70 million locked up in Otto Porter, Bradley Beal, and John Wall, all three of which have recently hit trade rumors, one has to wonder how the team will ever right the ship. While the two of the three aforementioned players have expensive contracts, at least the box scores reflect their earnings. Some might think that Porter is overpaid, and he is, but our vote goes towards Mahinmi, a limited big man who is having his worst statistical year with the club and getting paid nearly $16 million for it. Oh, did we mention that his best year in Washington equated to 5.6 PPG and 4.8 RPG? Imagine being worse than that.
As with Mahinmi, Green comes off the bench, but his contributions are far greater, with numbers that justify the Wizards adding him as a free agent this summer. For some reason, Green has never been able to stay with a club for longer than three years. Throughout most of his 11-year career, Green has been paid relatively on par with his production, but at $2.3 million, he is definitely under compensated this season.