Wednesday , Sep , 05 , 2012 Matt Formica

Six of the NBA’s Most Underpaid Players

Six of the NBA’s Most Underpaid Players

It’s true what they say:  There are more important things in life than money.

Hoopsvibe’s Quick Call:  Plenty of players in the NBA are worth more than they’re paid.


When I sat down to write my article today, I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to write about.  Luckily, I found an old letter my mother had written to me a few years ago.  In her letter, one of the things she wrote to me was, “Focus on making the world better, not just making money.”  After reading that sentence, the topic of my article came to me.  I decided to take a look at a few players in the NBA who make their teams better for less money than they probably deserve.


Now there are plenty of underpaid (and overpaid) players in the league.  But here is a list of six players who I think bring a lot of value to their organizations for less money than they could probably make elsewhere.

Ray Allen

At the end of this past season, Ray Allen crushed Boston fans when he decided to sign a contract with Miami and take his talents to South Beach.  Even though he would’ve made almost double staying with the Celtics, Allen signed a two-year deal with the Heat worth $6.3 million.  Despite dealing with a few injuries last season, Allen still shot a career best 45.3% from three-point land.  At 37 years old, he is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made and there’s no question he’s a steal at a little over $3 million per year.

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan is not only one of the best power forwards in NBA history, but he’s also probably the most loyal.  The 6’11” big man from Wake Forest is set to make $9.6 million with the Spurs next season.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot dough; but he’s also a four-time NBA champion and three-time NBA Finals MVP that has only played with one team his entire career.  Furthermore, his yearly salary is almost half that of Dwight Howard, Elton Brand, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and Pau Gasol.

Blake Griffin

The 23-year old super athlete will make $7.2 million for the 2012-13 season with the Clippers.  (Granted, he signed a $95 million extension this offseason, but that won’t take effect until the 2013-14 season and I’m referring to what he’s set to make this year).  He averaged more points per game last year than Dwight Howard, Amare Stoudemire, and Andrew Bynum, whose upcoming yearly salaries are all more than double.  Enough said.

Kenneth Faried

Faried could possibly be one of the top-3 most underpaid players in the league.  The 6’8″ stud gave Denver valuable minutes whenever he stepped on the court last season, averaging 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.  He’s only 22 years old and barring an injury, has plenty of solid years ahead of him.  He will make a modest $1.3 million in 2012-13 and currently has a better Player Efficiency Rating than Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams (among others).

Greg Monroe

I hope the Detroit Pistons are thanking their lucky stars with Greg Monroe.  The kid is only 22 years old, he’s 6’11” and averaged 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season.  He is set to make $3.2 million this year but considering his numbers, his age, and the fact that he currently ranks #1 in the NBA in offensive rebounds per 48 minutes, I’d imagine if he keeps that up he’ll get a raise in the very near future.

Lebron James

I almost didn’t include Lebron in this list because I’m guessing he isn’t too upset with his paycheck.  Having said that, he did take a pay cut to play in Miami for the chance to win a championship.  And he’s probably (definitely) the best all around player in the NBA today.   And he’s not in the top 10 highest paid players in the league.  He’s the 11th to be exact, but even that just seems kind of crazy.

The point is, there are a ton of players that are worth more than they make.  But again, life isn’t all about money, and it’s nice to know that many of the NBA’s finest would agree.

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