During free agency, there were a lot of bad contracts handed out due to the increasing salary cap. Money was mostly sent to players who only had 1 or 2 good seasons. Here’s the players who were overpaid this past offseason.
Miles Plumlee: Plumlee’s contracts might have been the worst. He is getting paid 12.5 million each year for the next 4 years. The Milwaukee Bucks wanted to retain Plumlee at all costs, and they meant all costs alright.
The 28-year-old has played in 23 games while only starting 9 of them and primarily coming off the bench for Greg Monroe. He is averaging 2.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocks per game while only playing 9.8 minutes on average.
Mike Conley: Conley became the highest paid player in the history in the NBA before LeBron James got his massive deal. He signed a 5-year, 153 million dollar deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 29-year-old has played in 24 games while starting 23 of them.
Conley is definitely a good player, but he doesn’t deserve a contract this massive. Conley is averaging 18.3 points, 5.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game while playing 31.2 minutes.
Chandler Parsons: Parson joined Conley with the Grizzlies on a 4-year, 94 million dollar deal. The Grizzlies thought they had the perfect match for Conley, but the 28-year-old is on his 3rd team so far in 6 seasons.
He has played in 11 games so far and started all those 11 games. Averaging 5.5 points, 1.3 assist, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 steals, and 0.2 blocks. While playing18.2 minutes. Parsons is currently injured, and that is the reason there is a solid case that he shouldn’t be on this list. But the time he was healthy, he should have put up more stats.
Kent Bazemore: Bazemore signed a 4-year, 70 million deal over the offseason to stay with the Atlanta Hawks. Bazemore has played in 32 games while starting in 29 of them.
The 27year-old went undrafted, and is now a 70 million dollar man. This season, Bazemore is averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks per game while playing 27.4 minutes per game. He isn’t a bad player, it’s just the contract is so big.
Joakim Noah: Noah went to the New York Knicks to rejoin his former teammate with the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose. Noah is averaging 8.5 rebounds, 5.4 points, 2.5 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 0.7 steals per game While playing 22.7 minutes per game.
Ian Mahinmi: Mahinmi spent last year with the Indiana Pacers and signed a 4-year 64 million dollar deal with the Washington Wizards this past offseason. He has only played in 1 game so far and did not start that game. Mahinmi had platelet-rich plasma treatment for soreness in both knees in the offseason.
In his only game of the season, he scored 1 point, grabbed 1 rebound, stole 1 pass, and blocked 1 shot. During that game, he injured his knee again and has yet to return to the court.