|Readers' List: Overpaid NBA players|
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Page 2 readers certainly have strong opinions about which NBA players are stealing money.
After Page 2 ranked its choices for the 10 most overpaid pro ballers, we asked you to submit your suggestions. Our readers came through with more than 2,100 e-mails with their nominees.
Check out the readers' list below and then vote in the poll at right to crown the current No. 1 overpaid NBA player.
An overrated player in college and an overrated player the year he signed his current deal.
I wouldn't go so far as to say it was just a complete lack of talent -- he does show sparks of decency -- but a lack of desire. How can a guy play with Karl Malone and John Stockton -- players with iron bodies, even if not ridiculously athletic -- and have arms that look like the last time he picked up a dumbell was while he was at Kansas?
This one is close to home. Ostertag at about $6 million a year (6-year deal worth more than $30 million, higher than Karl Malone at the time).
The Jazz have former VP of Player Operations Scott Layden to blame. Just look what the highly acclaimed Layden has done with the Knicks, whose entire team made the overpaid list. Knicks fans are right in their anger with Layden, who is the most overrated front office man in the NBA. Ostertag has been a bust since his breakout year ... notice how I say year, which just so happened to be the year his contract ran out.
Ostertag has become a better player, but still lacks heart, energy and even the hands to catch a low-post John Stockton pass.
Until recently, anyway. Now coach Jerry Sloan has strategically placed him at the end of the bench, a spot that has finally allowed him to lead the league in something -- the conversion of oxygen to carbon dioxide.
2. Shawn Bradley (211 letters)
The Preying Mantis is as worthless as Bob Dole's right arm. He makes about $4 million a year. He averages 4.1 points per game. That is only 4.1 more then me!
He is a waste. He cries every play about fouls. I can't believe Cuban signed him to a big multiyear deal. The only thing I did not like about the trade Dallas made at the deadline was that they did not insist that Shawn Bradley be part of it.
He's tall. He strikes fear in no one. Let's be honest, Shaq could use him as a toothpick and he still would be overpaid.
3. Scottie Pippen (133 letters)
He was brought to the Trail Blazers to help show them how to win a championship after his run with the Bulls. Yet he is emotionally volatile, as evidenced by his double technical meltdown this past weekend. How is he supposed to guide younger hotheads Bonzi Wells and Rasheed Wallace? I think the Pip picked up more from Dennis Rodman than Jordan during his tenure with the Bulls. He never developed maturity as the greats do.
Pippen has faded in the biggest games consistently during the playoffs and especially against arch-rivals. Check his stats against his nemeses, the Lakers, this year. His playoff stats are consistently below his regular-season stats.
He makes something like $18 million a year and can no longer lock up the best guards on defense and certainly doesn't provide the positive intangibles that the Trail Blazers desperately need.
He has been paid like the NBA top 50 player some people thought he was, but all he did was ride Jordan's coattails to six championships. What has he done since? Not even a single Finals appearance with extremely talented teams. The Trail Blazers need his leadership? What will he show them how to do? Miss big playoff games with headaches? Pout when he (a poor shooter) doesn't get to take the shot with the game on the line?
He's made it clear that he was never among the NBA's 50 greatest players and and left us to wonder if he's even among the 50 greatest in the league right now.
4. Shawn Kemp (108 letters)
For me, it is a tossup between Juwan Howard and Shawn Kemp, but I have to give the nod to Kemp because Howard still has some degree of quickness. Kemp is a pile of lard who can barely move his legs up and down the court.
Regardless of the fact Portland is not agonizing over the money that much, it is still getting robbed. And what is worse, Pippen, Stoudamire & Derek Anderson are right behind him committing the same crime. This is why I would love to see the end of guaranteed contracts in the NBA. That way if they are not producing after you commit big bucks to them, you can drop their lazy butts off at the next bus stop!
He was supposed to be an interior presence to combat the loaded frontcourts of the other Western Conference teams. But unfortunately, Shawn Kemp is no longer the high school phenom who averaged 19 points and nine rebounds for George Karl.
Instead, he is averaging a measly 3.8 rebounds per game, and with a salary of $12.8 million, that comes out to $3.36 million per rebound per night. I don't know about you, but those have got to be the most expensive rebounds I've ever seen.
5. Allan Houston (104 letters)
One hundred million dollars for a player with no heart. I would rather have ex-Knick Walter McCarty because at least he has a good enough voice to sing the national anthem before the game.
Allan Houston is without a doubt the most overpaid player in NBA history. One of the more memorable events I've experienced was the news conference to announce Allan Houston's contract. During the entire event, Houston had this incredulous look on his face. You could tell he was thinking, "Wow, can you imagine how much money they would have given me if I actually produced in the playoffs?"
All of his comments during the conference sounded hollow and automatic, like he was only saying them because he was expected to. "Team good. Team go far. Houston-bot not compute! Houston-bot not compute!" The only positive that can be associated with this contract is it might cost the franchise-killing GM Scott "At least my daddy's smart" Layden his job.
6. Bryant Reeves (88 letters)
Fort Smith, Ark.
It's one thing to be that overpaid and that bad. It's quite another to be the lead domino that topples an entire franchise.
7. Grant Hill (79 letters)
One side note: Just one season after Hill rocketed out of the Motor City, the Pistons are the No. 2 seed in the East. Overrated, overhyped and overpaid, an awful combination.
The man has made about $20 million, and he hasn't even broken in those new sneakers yet. I'm a Magic fan, and honestly, I just hope we can get a few seasons out of him. He's a role player now, at best. $10 million a year for a role player is a joke.
8. Kelvin Cato (72 letters)
9. Juwan Howard (61 letters)
10. Nick Anderson (53 letters)
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