Who do you think is the most overpaid player in the NBA today? Everyone has an opinion. Well, Forbes went ahead and made their own list that accesses “scorers that don’t do other things well and that don’t shoot a solid percentage from the field tend to be overvalued.” So, without further ado, here's their top 10:
1. Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) – $19.4 million
2. Ben Gordon (Charlotte Bobcats) – $12.4 million
3. Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets) – $19.75 million
4. Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic) – $11.8 million
5. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) – $20.9 million
6. Corey Maggette (Detroit Pistons) – $10.9 million
7. Rudy Gay (Toronto Raptors) – $16.5 million
8. Stephen Jackson (San Antonio Spurs) – $10.1 million
9. Chris Kaman (Dallas Mavericks) – $8 million
10. Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic) – $7.8 million
We don't know about you guys, but Carmelo at No. 1 is a little bit of a head-scratcher. If you need some further explanation, this was Forbes' rationale for putting Melo in the top spot:
Except, Anthony isn’t Durant. Despite making about $2.7 million more this season, he isn’t even close. Durant gets his points taking four fewer shots per game than Anthony does (18 vs. 22). He shoots 50.5% from the floor to Anthony’s 44%. Durant averages 4.4 assists per game compared to Anthony’s 2.6, and 7.9 rebounds to Anthony’s 6.4.
As the new breed of statistical analysts like to point out, a primary scorer using extra shots to get his points means fewer shots for others (and hence fewer chances for additional points for the team). Assists lead directly to points, and every rebound gives your team a possession, which means a chance to score. Durant, in short, is an efficient player whose numbers translate into wins for his club. The same is true for LeBron James, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. But not for Carmelo Anthony. And that’s why, at a 2012-13 salary of $19.4 million, Anthony tops our list as the NBA’s most overpaid player.
OK, we see what they're saying, but do we agree with it? Uh, we're not sure, especially when you consider how Anthony has been performing during the Knicks' current 11-game winning streak. What do y'all think?
[via Beyond The Buzzer]