Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Best-Paid Benchwarmers in Sports

As a follow-up to the other day's article (I assume, at least), Forbes posted their list of the most overpaid bench players in sports. It's a great list if you want to get really angry at the entire business of professional sports. You'll see what I mean. 

1. Gilbert Arenas, Memphis Grizzlies - $19.3 million - 4.2 points, 1.1 assists, 1.1 rebounds
No big deal here. Just Gilbert Arenas making more than Dirk, Carmelo, DH12, CP3, LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and Durant. You could have paid Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, AND Nikola Pekovic this past season for that much. 

2. Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians - $13 million - .242 BA, 6 Home Runs, 23 RBI
I don't want to harp of Hafner too much because baseball players get into slumps (especially power guys like Hafner). But I'm sure everyone in Cleveland feels the same way about him that Philly fans feel about Ryan Howard. 

3. Mehmet Okur, New Jersey Nets - $10.9 million - 7.6 points, 4.8 rebounds
In general, NBA centers are overpaid. The top guys get about what they deserve, but average guys get paid like elite guys because there's so few guys that are even average. It's a shame that a team like New Jersey gets sucked into bad contracts (Okur, Gerald Wallace's $9.5 million, Travis Outlaw's gross overpayment) because they're destined for mediocrity for the next 3 years at least. 

4. Jason Smith, St. Louis Rams - $10 million - Played in 29 of 48 possible games
I hate football. Two reasons why: a 308-pound man can make $10 million a year to push other 300-pound men around; that man doesn't even have to do his job to get paid. I'm assuming his contract was signed before the new CBA that prevents egregious contracts. But how could anyone ever think that giving a 22-year old kid a $50 million dollar contract (with like half of it guaranteed) was a good idea? I hate football. 

5. Aubrey Huff, San Francisco Giants - $10 million - .155 BA, 1 Home Run, 5 RBI, Injured
Hey I mean sometimes when you win a championship you have to give your twelfth-best player a $10 million per year contract, right?

6. Chone Figgins, Seattle Mariners - $9.5 million - .185 BA, 2 Home Runs, 9 RBI
I liked Chone Figgins when he was a bargain second baseman in Los Angeles. He's just not good enough to be the third-highest player on a team behind Ichiro and King Felix. 

7. Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs - $9 million - 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds
8. Carl Landry, New Orleans Hornets - $9 million - 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds
Two poor signings of power forwards. Diaw feels like a better deal because the Spurs did so well, but neither guy is worth $9 mil. Maybe half that? Maybe?

9. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks - $9 million - 32 receptions, 484 yards, 2 touchdowns
You know, I always thought Sidney was better than two catches per game. I know he was hurt, and maybe the fact that he didn't have a real quarterback also hurt. 

10. Lamar Odom, Dallas Mavericks - $8.9 million - 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds
I think this is the worst contract of all because Lamar brings the Kardashians with him. I can't imagine paying money to someone who chose to marry Khloe "Kardashian". Especially when that money is almost $9 million and that someone was the fourth- or fifth-best player on a championship team two years ago. 

I really need to be in charge of an NBA team. That's my takeaway. 

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