Quote: Originally Posted By deanod on 5/07/2010Yes.
I mean- wtf do you guys expect? For a team to be assembled solely of rookie contracts and minimum players? Friggin bench players get the full MLE, and JJ is sure as hell worth more than two bench players. By your definition, everyone in the entire league is overpaid.
How could Atlanta have possibly spent their money on something more productive
If you want to call it picking nits or whatever go for it - but someone who is in that 13th-20th best player in the league range should probably get $11-12.5 M per year. If JJ is your best player, you can absolutely forget about winning a championship - he has an awesome supporting cast and they have no shot in hell of getting to the finals.
And yes, when you look across the league, you can find tons of overpriced players. Look at the current economic environment - salaries for alot of players are going to have to come down. And the cuts aren't going to come to the Lebrons/Wades/Durants - they need to be coming to the guys who aren't top tier and especially role players.
Max deal caliber guys I see out there are Wade, Lebron (among FA's). If Dirk were a couple years younger I'd put him in that bucket. That's it. I don't think you're sniffing a championship with anyone else who is in this year's FA class as your best player.