“DISCOUNT BARGAINS” will reveal who www.inthegymrange.com believes to be the Most Underpaid NBA Players. All rookies and players who are still on their rookie contracts are excluded from this list since they are on a structured pay scale. The players below are ranked from 10-1 based on there current play and contract. These 10 players performances outweighs their contracts and are considered underpaid.
#10: DAVID WEST- PF SAN ANTONIO SPURS
2015-16 SALARY: $1,499,187
2015-16 STATISTICS: 6.8PTS, 4.0REB, 1.7AST
PLAYER SUMMARY: The 35-year old and 2-time NBA All-Star declined a 12-million dollar option with Indiana to sign with San Antonio for the veteran’s minimum. He provides veteran leadership off the bench for the 2nd best team in the NBA. His toughness, scoring ability, and leadership is invaluable for the Spurs second unit. He could have commanded anywhere between 6 and 8 million on the open market but chose to have a great chance at winning an NBA championship instead.
#9: MO WILLIAMS- PG/SG CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
2015-16 SALARY: $2,100,000
2015-16 STATISTICS: 10.1PTS. 2.3REB, 3.3AST
PLAYER SUMMARY: Williams stepped into the starting lineup while All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was sidelined with an injury. He performed very well in Irving’s absence. He will now be on the 2nd unit and provide instant offense. While his best days are behind him, he is a bargain at just over 2-million dollars per year. He can play the PG/SG position and what I consider a very underrated signing by Cleveland. He played his best basketball of his career in Cleveland a few years back and the Cavs are hoping he can keep up his solid play. He will be an important piece if Cleveland is going to win the NBA championship.
#8: ZACH RANDOLPH: PF MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
2015-16 SALARY: $9,638,555
2015-16 STATISTICS: 13.9PTS, 8.1REB, 1.5AST
PLAYER SUMMARY: Randolph is a model of consistency. He has averaged at least 15 points and 10 rebounds for 10 seasons of his career. I consider him a very underrated player. There are PF’s making a lot more money than him who have a lot less talent. While not considered athletic, Z-Bo gets the job done. His craftiness, strength, array of moves around the hoop, and rebounding is not to be overlooked. At 34-years old the clock is winding down on his career but has shown he is still a highly productive player. The Memphis Grizzlies have a very good player who should be making more money.
#7: JEFF TEAGUE: PG ATLANTA HAWKS
2015-16 SALARY: $8,000,000
2015-16 STATISTICS: 14.3PTS, 5.6AST, 2.6REB
PLAYER SUMMARY: Teague signed a 4-year, 32-million dollar contract a few years back. 8-million dollars per year for a very talented 27-year old point guard is a steal in my opinion. He made his first All-Star appearance in 2015 and it looks like his best days are ahead of him. His contract places him 20th among NBA point guards. I consider Teague a top 7 point guard in the league. The Atlanta Hawks really have a bargain on their hand in Jeff Teague. He is the leader of a very talented Hawks roster who have been playing better as of late and will be a threat come the Eastern Conference playoffs.
#6: TIM DUNCAN: PF/C SAN ANTONIO SPURS
2015-16 SALARY: $5,000,000
2015-16 STATISTICS: 8.9PTS, 7.5REB, 3.0AST
PLAYER SUMMARY: Five championships, 2 MVP’s, 15 time All-Star. Tim Duncan is arguably the greatest Power Forward in NBA history. While he has slowed down, the 39-year old future Hall of Famer is still a productive player. He could make more than 5-million dollars if he wanted too, however Duncan is the ultimate team player. His decision to come back at a discounted rate allowed the Spurs to sign former Portland Trailblazer All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge this past summer during free agency. Duncan is only the 5th highest player on his own team. “The Big Fundamental” is arguably the most unselfish NBA player of all time and is looking for his 6th ring this year. By taking less money and with the signing of Aldridge, he just might get it.
#5: DIRK NOWITZKI: PF DALLAS MAVERICKS
2015-16 SALARY: $8,333,334
2015-16 STATISTICS: 17.6PTS, 6.7REB, 1.8AST
PLAYER SUMMARY: Nowitzki has been the heart and soul of the Dallas Mavericks franchise since he came into the NBA as a baby-faced teenager in 1998. The 37-year old is is playing very well this season for a surprising Dallas team. The greatest international player to ever enter the NBA took a hometown discount as he is playing well above someone getting paid $8.3 million would. The problem I have with Dallas is they could have used the money saved from Nowitzki’s contract to go and buy him some help in free agency. I believe Nowitzki has 2 very good seasons left ahead of him and hopefully Dallas can get him the help he needs. The 2016 free agency class is excellent and adding one or two very good players will only aid Nowitzki as he chases his 2nd NBA title.
#4: MIKE CONLEY: PG MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
2015-16 SALARY: $9,588,426
2015-16 STATISTICS: 15.0PTS, 5.9AST, 3.0REB
PLAYER SUMMARY: The former Ohio State star has improved each year and has made himself into an excellent player. He is phenomenal at controlling the tempo of the game and is one of the top 3 defensive point guards in the NBA. Conley is the 18th highest paid point guard in the league, which makes his salary a relative bargain compared to higher paid players that aren’t nearly as talented. I believe if Conley played in a more uptempo system he would be higher thought of. If he keeps improving at the rate he has his talent might overshadow everything else and he might finally get the recognition he rightfully deserves.
#3: HASSAN WHITESIDE: C MIAMI HEAT
2015-16 SALARY: $938,000
2015-16 STATISTICS: 12.3PTS, 11.2REB, 3.9BLK
PLAYER SUMMARY: Hassan Whiteside is the best bargain in the NBA. He previously played in the D-League, Lebanon, and China before the Miami Heat signed him last year. He gave them more then they could ever dream of. Whiteside proved to be one of the best defensive players in the NBA. At only 26-years old, the future is extremely bright for the former Marshall University star. He is currently averaging a double-double and leading the league in blocks with an absurd 3.9BLK a game. The Heat are getting all this production for just under 1-million dollars per year. It won’t last long, however. Whiteside is due a big payday soon and will have plenty of suitors. The Heat are going to have to pay big if they want to keep the rising star on their roster for years to come.
#2: PAU GASOL: PF/C CHICAGO BULLS
2015-16 SALARY: $7,449,000
2015-16 STATISTICS: 16.6PTS, 10.9REB, 3.1AST
PLAYER SUMMARY: Gasol has been excellent in his 2nd season with the Bulls. It looked like Gasol was on the decline before he signed with Chicago and credit the Bulls management for signing him to a contract where his performance has outplayed his pay. Gasol is an extremely skilled and smart big man who along with Jimmy Butler gives Chicago a chance to make the Eastern Conference Finals. I believe Chicago made one of the best off-season moves 2 years ago when they signed the 35-year old. He still has a few seasons of elite play left in his body although he was robbed of an All-Star nomination this season. He deserves to be an All-Star.
#1: STEPH CURRY: PG GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
2015-16 SALARY: $11,370,786
2015-16 STATISTICS: 30.3PTS, 6.5AST, 5.3REBS
PLAYER SUMMARY: What there is to be said about Steph Curry probably already has been. He is simply the greatest shooter in NBA history and is on his way to another NBA MVP Award. He plays on the best team in the league with a legitimate chance to break the All-Time wins record in a season. Curry signed a 4-year, $44-million dollar contract in 2012 and when He eventually becomes a free agent, expect that to possibly triple. He is currently the 64th highest paid player in the NBA. Playing with an $11-million dollar contract this season, the most exciting player in the NBA is also its most underpaid.
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