Contracts in the NBA are a tricky thing. Fans are quick to decry a player as ‘overpriced’ or not worth it, placing an asterisk next to a roster spot with the parenthetical (expiring contract) and hoping against hope that he gets traded or amnestied to free up cap space. It’s a rough way to judge a person’s ability on the court.
With the increased wave of statistically savvy NBA front offices, as well as a collective bargaining agreement that protects general managers from themselves — contract lengths have been reduced, a player’s choice in free agency has been curtailed, and a harsher luxury tax has stopped most teams from splurging into contention. That doesn’t mean that bad contracts have been kiboshed, though, and Forbes, using Wages of Wins’ Wins Produced formula, just came up with its calculation of the most overpaid players for this season, comparing a player’s salary against his WP (wins produced.)
We’ll take a look at the selections, give you the updated data, and pepper it with some additional analysis, exploring the mindsets of the front offices that were responsible for those contracts, explaining the expectations for the players compared to the reality, and identifying ways that the players could work their way off this list. All salary information courtesy of Forbes via basketball-reference.com. Updated Wins Produced information courtesy of Wages of Wins. Players have been ranked according to their 2013-2014 Wins Produced.