Whose Pick Is It?: Worst NBA Contracts of All Time
How it all works
Today we are “drafting” the worst NBA contracts of all time!
Here’s how it’ll go…
Serena Winters, Dwight Jaynes, Jason Quick, and Jamie Hudson will take turns selecting their “team” of the worst contracts. It’s just like the NBA draft where once a contract has been selected it is off the board.
You ready at to look at some large amounts of money being paid to players who just didn’t pan out? WE ARE!
Remember the goal is to draft the WORST possible contracts, not the best of the worst contracts.
Let the draft begin! With the first pick in the Worst NBA Contract draft, Jamie Hudson selects…
Round 1, Pick 1 - Jamie -- Shawn Kemp
1997 Contract: 7 Years/$107 Million (Cleveland)
Round 1, Pick 2 - Serena -- Timofey Mozgov
2016 Contract: 4 Years/$64 Million (Lakers)
Round 1, Pick 3 - Dwight -- Rashard Lewis
2007 Contract: 6 Years/$118 Million (Magic)
Round 1, Pick 4 - Jason -- Joakim Noah
2016 Contract: 4 Years/$72 Million (Knicks)
Round 2, Pick 1 - Jason -- Bryant Reeves
1997 Contract: 6 Years/$65 Million (Vancouver Grizzlies)
Round 2, Pick 2 - Dwight -- Chandler Parsons
2017 Contract 4 Years/$94 Million (Memphis)
Round 2, Pick 3 - Serena -- Allan Houston
2001 Contract: 6 Years/$100 Million (Knicks)
Round 2, Pick 4 - Jamie -- Vin Baker
2000 Contract: 7 Years/$86 Million (Sonics)
Round 3, Pick 1 - Jamie -- Kobe Bryant
2014 Contract: 2 Years/$48.5 Million (Lakers)
Round 3, Pick 2 - Serena -- Amar'e Stoudemire
2010 Contract: 5 Years/$99 Million (Knicks)
Round 3, Pick 3 - Dwight -- Derrick Rose
2011 Contract: 5 Years/$94 Million (Chicago)
Round 3, Pick 4 - Jason -- Erick Dampier
2003 Contract: 7 Years/$73 Million (Mavericks)
- Timofey Mozgov
- Allan Houston
- Amar'e Stoudemire
The worst part of the Mozgov contract was that he was the Lakers BIGGEST signing of the offseason, and laughably the very first free agency signing in the NBA that year. The Lakers ended up giving away their No. 2 draft pick (D’Angelo Russell), just to get this contract off the books.
At 30 years old and knee problems in his future, the Knicks gifted Allan Houston a 6-yr/$100 million contract. Houston made it through two full seasons before the writing was on the wall. Houston actually retired, while the Knicks still owed him $40 million.
Just another bad New York Knicks contract. It was reported that in the summer of 2012, the Knicks offered Amar'e to every team ‘for free,’ as one executive put it, but no one would take what was left of his deal (3 yrs, $65mill at the time). Saddest part is, Knicks actually had a shot to contend, building around Melo, but Amar'e’s contract wouldn’t let them.
- Joakim Noah
- Bryant Reeves
- Erick Dampier
Nothing is worse for a team, and a player, when he signs a big contract and doesn’t play. That’s why Joakim Noah’s contact was my top pick. He has played in 53 games over two years for the Knicks, which obviously isn’t a good return on the investment. But hey, there’s two years left! Reeves actually had some decent early years, but he never played up to his draft slot, or his contract.
And, Dampier’s best year with the Mavs was 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his first year of the deal. The only good part about his deal: He played in at least 55 games in all six years of the deal.
This was a tough draft for me, because I feel as though there should be two different Worst Contract Drafts—one for the teams that signed a player to a big contract only to see them get hurt immediately after getting that big payday (a large majority of them) and another one for the players who got paid, but were ultimately a big bust without suffering a major injury (these contracts are way worse in my eyes).
So, I picked Shawn Kemp as my first overall selection because he showed up to camp out of shape and totally unmotivated when he returned to the Cavs after the 1998 lockout. Cleveland thought they were paying for the Reignman who had led the Sonics to the Finals years earlier. Instead Kemp’s issues would lead them to trade him to Portland.
And, my big thing with drafting Kobe is—He could've and should've taken a pay cut at the end of his career to help out the Lakers organization. Instead he took the cash and left the Lakers front office in financial handcuffs.
- Rashard Lewis
- Chandler Parsons
- Derrick Rose
Lewis was a solid player but worth nowhere near what they paid him. Obviously, the Kemp contract was the worst but gone before I chose. Parsons is going to be bad for the contract duration because of his injuries and his subsequent inability to stay on the court. Rose? Contract would have been fine before the injury -- but he made a lot of money sitting around rehabbing.