After seeing how rich NBA contracts have gotten this summer, sensible parents around the country should be yanking their kids out of school and forcing them to make 10 thousand jump shots a week instead. These days, learning math or history sure seems a lot less profitable than picking up low-post skills or developing a feel for the pick-and-roll.
To furter illustrate the inflated deals that have made up much of the league's free agency period, here's a list of ordinary and so-so players that'll have a larger cap hit in 2016 than some very important Redskins.
Jeremy Lin will cost the Nets $11.4 million during the 2016/2017 season. Jordan Reed will cost the Redskins $3.4 million in 2016.
"Linsanity" is a better way to describe this comparison than it is to describe the guard's production on the court. Lin was perfectly fine for the Hornets last year, averaging 11.7 points a night to go along with three assists as Charlotte made the playoffs. But Reed, on the other hand, was basically just perfect for the Redskins last year, catching 87 passes and 11 scores as Washington made the playoffs.
The tight end did agree to a contract extension this offseason, but his cap hit doesn't really start climbing until 2018. So, until then, he'll take the field knowing that a decent backup ball handler will be hauling in a lot more dough than he will. One beneficiary of that result: Stores that sell hair gel in Brooklyn.
Allen Crabbe will cost the Blazers $18.5 million during the 2016/2017 season. Josh Norman and Ryan Kerrigan will cost the Redskins a combined $16.45 million in 2016.
Norman and Kerrigan are Pro Bowlers in their prime and line up at premium spots on a defense. Crabbe is a pretty tall dude who dropped 2.2 and 3.3 points a game in his first two campaigns before upping his scoring to 10.3 a game for Portland in this third season. This wouldn't make sense even if he was up to around 20 per.
Seriously, don't think about this one too long. There's not really a viable explanation.
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Jon Leuer will cost the Pistons $10.9 million during the 2016/2017 season. Trent Williams will cost the Redskins $10.6 million in 2016.
No, Leuer isn't the manager of a Bed Bath & Beyond. He's an actual NBA player, who in five years has career averages of 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per. He did score 8.5 points a contest for the garbage Suns in 2015/16, though, and apparently that was all the Pistons needed to see to ink him to a pricey four-year, $42 million deal.
Williams is arguably the best left tackle in football, which is arguably the sport's second most crucial position, and his price tag for the upcoming schedule is $300,000 less than Leuer's is. That may be a legitimate crime.
Mindaugas Kuzminkskas will cost the Knicks $2.8 million during the 2016/2017 season. Junior Galette will cost the Redskins $1.1 million in 2016.
Believe it or not, that random collection of letters is in fact someone the Knicks have on their roster. That name belongs to a Lithuanian forward who wasn't taken in the 2011 Draft and has since been suiting up overseas. In other words, New York is paying more for someone with career NBA averages of zero points, zero rebounds, zero assists and a shooting percentage of zero than Washington will dole out for a pass rusher with 31.5 sacks as a pro.
The Knicks are funny. And so are NBA contracts.
Timofey Mozgov will cost the Lakers $14.9 million during the 2016/2017 season. DeAngelo Hall, Chris Baker, Preston Smith, David Bruton and Niles Paul will cost the Redskins a combined $13.8 million in 2016.