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Who has the worst contract in NBA? One list starts with Hedo.

Sep 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

It’s list season in the NBA — there is not much to write about, so everyone seems to be doing a list of some kind. Counting down the game’s best players, for example.

But Sean Deveney at the Sporting News went a different way and asked “who has the worst contracs in the NBA?

One top of his list is Hedo Turkoglu — he has two years, $23.8 million left, and as hard as the Magic tried to move him in the Dwight Howard deal nobody was interested. Maybe next year when he has an expiring deal. He can still shoot the three (41 percent last year) but his offense only thrives in specific situations.

Can’t really argue with Hedo on top. The rest of the list:

2. Andris Biedrins (two years, $18 million left)
3. Tyrus Thomas (three years, $28 million)
4. Amare Stoudemire (three years, $65 million)
5. Carlos Boozer (three years, $47.1 million)
6. Gerald Wallace (four years, $40 million, just signed this summer)
7. Rudy Gay (three years, $53.6 million)
8. Andrea Bargnani (three years, $33 million)
9. Charlie Villanueva (two years $16 million)
10. Metta World Peace (two years, $16 million)

To me, Stoudemire is overpaid — the Knicks had to overpay for a star at the time they got him — but is still and All-star level player who can put up big numbers if used properly. The Knicks just haven’t done that. I wouldn’t put him on the list.

Bargnani is in the same boat, overpaid but he is 26 years old and averaged 19.5 points a game last season.

And how do you have a list of worst contracts in the NBA without Joe Johnson on it?

Who would you have on your list?

  1. illcomm - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    this list isn’t too accurate. maybe 5 of ten r correct.

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      An attempted correction means nothing without your own list showing why you think this one is wrong.

  2. no14mike - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Any contract Kwame Brown ever gets.

    • dannymac17 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Human Garbage.

  3. scoregasmic - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    The fact that scalabrine doesn’t have a contract should be number one

  4. skinsfanwill - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I have a list for you that is even more interesting. List of players salaries that make you say “You paid that much for that guy?” These are people that need to earn their salary this year.

    1. Devin Harris 8.5 million
    2. Jeff Green 9 million
    3. Kris Humphries $12M, Brook Lopez $13.6, Gerald Wallace $9M, Joe Johnson $19.7 (all severely overpaid)
    4. Ben Gordon $$$12 million this year (WTF), Desgana Diop $7.3M, and Tyrus Thomas $8M
    5. Boozer $15M of course
    6. Luke “why are you still in the league” Walton $6M
    7. Shawn Marion $8.69M
    8. Danilo Gallinari – $9.4M
    9. Javale McGee -$10M (Are you kidding me)
    10. Cory Maggette -$10M (Earn some of that money dude)
    11. Charlie Villanueva – 8M
    12. Richard Jefferson – $10.164M- He should split his salary with Jason Kidd
    13. Andris Biedrins -$9M
    14. Omer Asik -$8M
    15. Kevin Martin $12.4M
    16. DeAndre Jordan – $10.5M
    17. Beno Udrih – $7.3
    18. Brandon Roy – $15M – Yup 15 big ones this year and can barely walk
    19. Eric Gordon – $13.6 M – Will he play 50 games?
    20. Turkoglu- $11.8
    21. John Salmons- $8M
    22. Francisco Garcia -$6.1M
    23. Stephen jackson – $10M
    24. Jose Calderon – $10.5M
    25. Marvin Williams – $8.2M
    26. Emeka Okafor -$13.4 (Is he still in the league?)
    27. Mo Williams – $8.5
    28. Nene – $13M

    • SH4DY - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Hmmm interesting, okafor and Nene surprise me the most

    • thetruth113 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Good call on Salmons, he should be in the top 5. However, some of the rest of that list is garbage. You have some legitimately good players on there. Do you even watch basketball?

      Calderon had the best assist to turnover ratio in the league at 4.50(right ahead of CP3) on a team with no weapons. Gallinari and Marion are both above average SFs. Okafor is still a top 10 center in the NBA. People have forgotten about him because of the teams he played for but his defense is still very good and he’s been 10 rbs/2 blocks/55% for most of his career. Asik is probably 3rd or 4th best defensive big man in the league. And Roy’s contract is 2 years 10 million, not $15 million

    • franchiseplaya - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      not a bad list. i would probably take off calderon and put beasley in there somewhere.

    • allfour851 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Where did you get these numbers? Brandon Roy is not getting $15M on his current contract, amnestied contracts don’t count. And he can walk and run.

    • thestudiokida - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Brandon Roy just signed a 2-year $10.4 million deal. Otherwise I’d say good list.

    • drunkenjunk - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Marion earned that contract 2 years ago. He’s due that money as far as i’m concerned

    • redbaronx - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:51 AM

      I think this is an excellent list and I only have one very real exception with it. Danilo Gallinari. $9m for a guy who replaced Carmelo Anthony, and is the only reason Denver is still considered a 4 to 5 seed in the west. He’s worth 9 Mil right now and he still has a lot of upside. I think that’s a real error and there’s no way he should be on this list.

      I’d also say DeAndre Jordan shouldn’t be on this list either. He’s young, a top 10 center in the league, and he’s got room for growth too. Rule of thumb is you pay a little for players with upside that grow into the contract.

      To some other people’s comments, Okafor and Nene should DEFINITELY be on this list. Okafor is overrated and often injured, plus he’s not a 2 way player. Nene…while I think he’s a great player when healthy, how often does that happen? And considering he’s aging and on the downside of his career? We all understand why the Wizards did what they did. Javale after all is on this list of buyers remorse contracts. He’s amazing to watch but as any Wizards fan can tell you he’d be a legend on a playground, just not on a professional team that requires him to know x’s and o’s and keep his head in the game. So while Nene’s contract might be overpaying for an injured player, if Nene stays healthy and can play around 60 games a season, then it will be worth it for the Wizards for the duration of the contract. I doubt that will happen though, so for those who said Nene shouldn’t be on this list, I have to agree with skinsfan that it’s a bad value for the contract. On the other hand it’s a better value than Javale McGee. Good job skinsfanwill!

  5. dalucks - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    During the lockout, the media only talked about the players and owners when the real criminals are the general managers who offer these crazy contracts to the players. I also fault the owners because I cannot believe the general manger has the ability to spend the owners money without getting approval from the owners nor informing the owner of the contract.
    All the player does is accept the money, why is he wrong?

    • observingii - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      You can’t fault the players. If management is dumb enough to offer those incredible salaries, at least the guys who actually bounce the ball are smart enough to take them.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    How is Barnangni overpaid at $11 million but Humphries isn’t at 12? I’m not even a Barnangni fan but at least he puts up 20 a game & can shoot the 3.

    • thestudiokida - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Barnangni is overpaid at $4 million a year. If he scores 20 a game then he gives up 30 a game to the opposing player. His defense is laughable… maybe the worst I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t rebound and doesn’t bang inside with the bigs. He’s the opposite of what anybody wants in a center.

      • redbaronx - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:13 AM

        I agree. If a guy is an overall negative value, then it doesn’t matter how much he scores. That was the problem with Gilbert Arenas. Ben Gordon. Mo Williams. Even worse, you end up having to pay $ for a perceived scorer that actually makes you a losing team by virtue of the negative value they bring. If you look at losing teams (like the Wizards with Gilbert…) you have to see beyond the scoring and understand WHY they are losing teams. Not only does that guy not bring value to your team, but you end up having other guys discouraged by how much of a liability they are. Guys on the court know if you’re getting 20, but giving up 30 and before you know it you have a LOSING culture. As a DC local, I can tell you all about how the Wizards stockpiled these kind of players. Larry Hughes. Jerry Stackhouse, Kwame Brown (if it were statistically possible he would score -20 a game and gave up -50), Andray Blatche (another negative double, double). And did I mention Gilbert? You could make the case for Antawn Jamison too! He was a defensive liability as a big man who couldn’t move laterally. But he could score! I like the guy and he’s obviously a good guy, but you simply have to be realistic about what a guy brings to a team score 20 and give up 30 is a recipe for losing.

  7. therealhtj - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    How can any such list not include the nearly $58 mil Kobe Bryant’s owed or the near $39 mil Pau Gasol is due over the next 2 years is obviously flawed.

  8. cantonbound13 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    If Isiah Thomas were a gm there would be a bigger list.

  9. magicbucs - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    @ skinsfanwill…. Great list. #1 should be Kurt. For getting paid to write articles like this… $1/yr is overpaying.. He can be a nets writer. From what ive seen they like to overpay.

    • thestudiokida - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      So why are you a registered commenter if you hate Kurt’s writing? There’s always, Hoopshype, or ESPN.

      • redbaronx - Sep 14, 2012 at 6:21 AM

        Kurt’s “expertise” is laughable He makes the most common mistakes that even casual fans wouldn’t make (like the Bulls winning 5 titles….No Kurt it’s 6!) Every week there are major mistakes in his articles.

        But just because he’s a horrible writer doesn’t mean that fans of the game can’t rip him or comment. Magicbucs said exactly what I’ve been thinking for a long time. $1 an hour is too much for this guy, and I wonder how anyone could have ever given him a job. Nepotism probably!

  10. mp4philly - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    How is Rudy Gay overpaid? If he’s on this list then Igudola definitely should be.

  11. fanz928 - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Most people on your list is borderline allstars and they should get paid that much afterall they are in the NBA

  12. glink123 - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Kobe brings in $50 million+ in revenue for the Lakers each season by his presence on the team. He IS the Lakers.

  13. tcclark - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    I don’t understand what’s wrong with Gerald Wallace. He averages 16 points and 7 boards for his career and is a great perimeter defender averaging around 2 steals and a block per game. 10 million a year is not a bad price for that.

  14. rocirius - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    Wallace is closer to 13 points 6 rebounds and as an 11 year veteran is probably only worth something like 6-7 million a year. Tyrus Thomas should be at the top of this list and hopefully this is his last NBA contract.

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