September 04, 2007

BBCRMOL!: The Bryant"Big Country"Reeves Memorial Overpaid List is out again. With a new twist, they include injured players this year.

posted by jojomfd1 to basketball at 05:29 AM - 12 comments

4 former Celtics on that list. Not surprising.

posted by yerfatma at 06:27 AM on September 04, 2007

Theo Ratliff will make $12 million this year .. its enough to make a 9 to 5 office captive find the tallest structure available to throw oneself off of.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 09:02 AM on September 04, 2007

I was wondering what happened to Kenyon Martin.

posted by brainofdtrain at 09:54 AM on September 04, 2007

4 former Celtics on that list. Not surprising. At least they're former Celtics. My Knicks have 2 current players on the list :( Plus Marbury, the leader of this bunch, can't keep his foot out of his mouth and is only happy when hogging the ball and missing jumpers. At least the Celtics are rolling the dice and taking a shot at the Eastern Conference - albeit, a flawed one. The Knicks are just frittering money away in a quest to become 1st round fodder for Chicago or Cleveland. Theo Ratliff will make $12 million this year Hey, that's a win for both teams - esp. Minn. Minn. is going to be bad this year & that cash will go bye bye in 08-09. They should draft in the top 3 next year, so McHale can't screw that up.... oh, forget it, they're screwed.

posted by MrNix at 11:23 AM on September 04, 2007

I thought the Ben Wallace inclusion was a bit off. The "intangibles" do make him a more valuable player than his statistical contributions alone. But so much of a team's salary cap invested in one player? Yeah, it made sense it include him. And, it was frightening to see Antoine Walker. Guess that's what hurts me in the fantasy pools. I kind of like the guy (3PTM can be good), but his stats have been shitty. I can't say I didn't notice, but maybe I should pay closer attention to some guys' stats. If there's one thing I wish though, it's that I was on this list! $12M this year would make me highly overpaid, and I'd like it!

posted by Spitztengle at 11:34 AM on September 04, 2007

Too bad coaches weren't included. Flip Saunders?

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 12:41 PM on September 04, 2007

I still don't think Ben Wallace should be included on the overpaid list, the Bulls are a very young team, he gives them a physical presence and leadership in the paint. As for the salary cap issue, the whole league was over the cap last year. Only 3 teams were below 53.1 million in payroll. Since you can resign your free agent players for max money & the cap is a "soft" one, rather than a "hard" cap like the NHL & NFL, the only # that matters is the 10% rule. Which is that all trades need to balance out within 10% of the total players salaries.

posted by MrNix at 12:54 PM on September 04, 2007

Seattle got Sczerbiak so that the numbers would work in the Ray Allen trade. And now they're going to pay him $12 million dollars. That's $1.3 million for each letter in his last name. That's $2 million for just the consonants. And this is making the numbers work?

posted by THX-1138 at 05:16 PM on September 04, 2007

Sounds like the numbers are working for him if you ask me!

posted by jojomfd1 at 11:27 PM on September 04, 2007

Can't agree with Antoine Walker. He played some key minutes the year they won. Everything is worth it when you get the ring. I'm on the fence over Big Ben. He's good. He's gonna be ultra valuable in the playoffs for another two or three years. Traditionally you wouldn't want to give an old big man a long deal. Especially with the bulls on the verge. With so much cap room (they had a bunch of money before they got Big Ben). I think it would have been smart to pull a NE Patriots/Phoenix Suns style move and hoard draft picks. Save money for the contract extensions that the young guys grow into. Still, I trust a sports columnist on this topic more than myself. It would have taken me three months research to widdle it down to 10 overpaid NBA guys.

posted by Slaptastic at 09:22 AM on September 05, 2007

They should do a similiar article for teams, where they rank the ten most screwed franchises based on their salary decisions.

posted by chmurray at 03:44 PM on September 05, 2007

I'm gob-smacked to learn that Walker shot 43.8% from the free-throw line last year. Considering he's known as a shooter, it boggles my mind that he can be that bad when taking unmolested set shots.

posted by mullacc at 09:34 PM on September 05, 2007

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