Carmelo Anthony topped Forbes ‘NBA Most Overpaid Players 2013′ Top 10 list on Friday. The complete list follows the trend of, according to Forbes, “scorers that don’t do other things well and that don’t shoot a solid percentage from the field tend to be overvalued.”
1. Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) – $19.4 million
2. Ben Gordon (Charlotte Bobcats) – $12.4 million
3. Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets) – $19.75 million
4. Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Magic) – $11.8 million
5. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) – $20.9 million
6. Corey Maggette (Detroit Pistons) – $10.9 million
7. Rudy Gay (Toronto Raptors) – $16.5 million
8. Stephen Jackson (San Antonio Spurs) – $10.1 million
9. Chris Kaman (Dallas Mavericks) – $8 million
10. Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic) – $7.8 million
Forbes’ reasoning for choosing Carmelo Anthony as the most overpaid player in the NBA:
Except, Anthony isn’t Durant. Despite making about $2.7 million more this season, he isn’t even close. Durant gets his points taking four fewer shots per game than Anthony does (18 vs. 22). He shoots 50.5% from the floor to Anthony’s 44%. Durant averages 4.4 assists per game compared to Anthony’s 2.6, and 7.9 rebounds to Anthony’s 6.4.
As the new breed of statistical analysts like to point out, a primary scorer using extra shots to get his points means fewer shots for others (and hence fewer chances for additional points for the team). Assists lead directly to points, and every rebound gives your team a possession, which means a chance to score. Durant, in short, is an efficient player whose numbers translate into wins for his club. The same is true for LeBron James, Chris Paul and Tim Duncan. But not for Carmelo Anthony. And that’s why, at a 2012-13 salary of $19.4 million, Anthony tops our list as the NBA’s most overpaid player.