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Nets make Simmons' list for worst contracts

2/18/2014
Brook Lopez, left, Deron Williams, right, and Joe Johnson are a waste of money, says Simmons. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Grantland’s Bill Simmons has put out his annual list of the 30 worst contracts in the NBA -- and, once again, the Brooklyn Nets are featured prominently.

Writes Simmons:

21. Brook Lopez: three years, $47.2 million

Total bummer. I don’t feel good about this. But when you’re a big guy coming off multiple foot breaks and you just underwent a risky foot surgery that saved Zydrunas Ilguaskas’s career but failed to save Yao Ming’s career … you’re on the list. Sorry.

5. Deron Williams: four years, $81.59 million

4. Joe Johnson: three years, $69.54 million

The combined points-per-game, PER, salaries and ages of two different backcourt tandems from these past three seasons.

BACKCOURT A

2011-12: 39.8 PPG … 38.7 PER … $34.4 million … 57 years old

2012-13: 35.2 PPG … 34.4 PER … $36.9 million … 59 years old

2013-14: 28.3 PPG … 30.7 PER … $39.9 million … 61 years old

BACKCOURT B

2011-12: 27.2 PPG … 28.9 PER … $4.6 million … 45 years old

2012-13: 33.2 PPG … 35.2 PER … $5.6 million … 47 years old

2013-14: 33.2 PPG … 30.6 PER … $8.6 million … 49 years old

Backcourt A? Deron and Joe.

Backcourt B? Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson.

How do you say “Holy schnikes!” in Russian? For the 2015-16 season, Brooklyn already has $62.68 million committed to Johnson, Williams and a might-never-be-the-same Lopez. And Boston has its unprotected first-rounders in 2016 and 2018, with a right to swap in 2017.17 I’m starting to think you can’t run an NBA team while living in Russia. As Mark Felten from Sterling Heights wonders, “At what point do you stop calling Mikhail Prokhorov ‘Mutant Russian Mark Cuban’ and start calling him ‘Mutant Russian Ted Stepien?’”