Top Five Overpaid NBA Players | Russell Westbrook isn’t the only player to steal money

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Training camp for the 2022-23 NBA season will be here before we know it, and while a number of teams will enter the season believing they can win it all, only one team will emerge victorious in June. next.

But, could more teams be in the mix if they didn’t overpay for this player?

To be clear, we at the Shadow League are not watching anyone’s pockets. If you have the leverage to get paid like a superstar while not performing like a superstar, more power to you.
But in a salary-capped league, overpaying a player who breaches his contract can hurt your chances of winning.

Who are the five most overpaid players in the NBA heading into next season? We will look at current salary, age, Dunks and three the estimated earnings statistic (eW) and the TrueHoop calculation $3.35 million to win an NBA game.

#5. Gordon Hayward and Charlotte Hornets $30.075 million

The 32-year-old striker has been plagued with the injury bug for the past few seasons. He has two years and just over $60 million left on his contract and is no longer the All-Star caliber player he was at Utah.

He ranked in the 75th percentile in eW last season with a 4.1. Based on that, his salary should be around $13.7 million. The Hornets are overpaying him, based on production, by almost $17 million. Money they could surely use elsewhere.

#4. Kristaps Porzingis, Washington Wizards $33.8 million

Another all-injury squad candidate, Porzingis hasn’t played at least 60 games since his second year in the league with the New York Knicks. He has this season and a $36 million player option next year that he will certainly exercise.

He was good when he played last season, finishing with 6.0 eW, putting him in the 84th percentile. Based on this production, his salary is expected to be $20.1 million. A $13.7 million overpayment for a team that’s going nowhere.

#3. Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers $37.6 million

When he signed his five-year, $180 million contract a few seasons ago, it raised a ton of eyebrows. Nothing he’s done on the floor since has changed that feeling.

Unlike the previous two members of this list, Harris has been available for most of his career. He has played in over 90% of the games available.

The problem is that his game is very good. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you. You need above average players in your rotation if you want to be a very good to a great team. But Harris is being paid like a star.

It finished with 5.1 eW, which puts it in the 82nd percentile. Its good. But his salary is expected to be $17 million. He is paid an additional $20.6 million. This makes his contract a little harder to move around and of course limits the 76ers when it comes to adding other players who could help them get over the bump.

There are a number of players earning over $37.6 million next season who, based on their productivity last year, are grossly overpaid. They include: Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Paul George and Anthony Davis.

Many of these players have been injured but have proven more in their careers than everyone else on this list so far, so we’re giving them a pass.

In Simmons’ case, despite how much he fell out of favor, he was an All-NBA player and a two-time All-Defensive.

The enigma that is Irving is just that. A brilliant player when he shows up for work, but he rarely does for various reasons. Even still, we can’t quite call it overpaid.

But if either of these players are disappointed again this season for whatever reason, they will be added to the list.

#2. Klay Thompson, $40.6 million Golden State Warriors

It seems blasphemous to have Thompson on this list after a championship, his ESPY for Returning Player of the Year and the two debilitating injuries he suffered that caused him to miss two seasons.

But this list is for the most overpaid players, strictly in dollars. He has $43.2 million left on his contract this coming season and next season.

Last season it was in the 74th percentile at 3.9 eW. This corresponds to a salary of 13 million dollars. But you think it’s his first year after these injuries, he will be better next season.

Let’s assume that at 32 he returns to his last healthy season in terms of production. In 2019, it was in the 93rd percentile in eW at 9.3. Even using this number, he is overpaid. This type of production deserves a salary of $31.1 million.

Do you think that after these injuries, Thompson will return to this level?

#1. Russell Westbrook, $47.06 million Los Angeles Lakers

The good news is that it’s the last year of his contract and the money expires. The bad news is that Westbrook has no impact on winning at that salary.

It ranked in the 71st percentile in eW with 3.2, which is good. That puts him on par with above-average role players and starters in the NBA. But he is not paid like these players. He is paid as an MVP candidate.

Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokoumnpo were the top three MVPs of last season. They finished first, second and fourth in eW. All three will also be paid less than Westbrook this season.

Final Thoughts

This list is not about those players being garbage. It is rather a compensation system in the NBA that causes these imbalances. A player’s value is removed when they enter the league due to rookie ladder deals. His future earnings are then controlled by the team that owns his Bird rights.

If and when a player excels at the All-Star, All-NBA, and MVP level, they receive supermax offers. With basketball-related income increasing every year along with the salary cap, this usually means that many of the huge contracts are held by players in their thirties.

Of the top 15 earners next season, 12 are for players aged 30 and over.

We know that older players are usually not the best players over an entire season. When you have contracts that will soon pay $50 million and $60 million a year, depending on the dollar cost of winning, which players will be worth that kind of money?

Of the top 15 finalists from last season in eW, 10 are aged 30 and under.

Three players over 34 are in the top 10 in salary for next season and finished in the top 10 for eW last season. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and LeBron James.