Apr 7, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Gilbert Arenas (10) dribbles the ball up the court during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Dallas Mavericks 94-89. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

NBA's Highest Paid Players


Player Salary Team
Kobe Bryant $28,700,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Dirk Nowitzki $21,907,128 Dallas Mavericks
Gilbert Arenas $20,807,922 Memphis Grizzlies*
Amar’e Stoudemire $19,948,799 New York Knicks
Joe Johnson $19,752,645 Brooklyn Nets
Carmelo Anthony $19,450,000 New York Knicks
Dwight Howard $19,261,200 Los Angeles Lakers
Pau Gasol $19,000,000 Los Angeles Lakers
Elton Brand $18,160,354 Dallas Mavericks
Chris Paul $19,261,200 Los Angeles Clippers

I wanted to take a look at who is the highest paid NBA players after a conversation on ESPN Radio today. Freddie Coleman and Jonathon Coachman were talking about Jay Leno taking a pay cut so that his staff could get paid more. Then they went into what athletes should take a pay cut.

From looking at this list of the highest paid players for this coming season, I can see a few names jump out. First off, Gilbert Arenas is on there. What has he done lately since that’s what sports is all about.  Sure he has a 20 point career average scoring. But looking over his stats, he’s not been near that average since 2009-2010.  Then he’s had various injuries and that whole firearm lawsuit, so can anyone justify his 20 million for next year?

I still wonder if Joe Johnson is worth the money he’s getting.  And will he actually make Brooklyn this great team that people are talking about.  Sure his offensive game is good.  Once again, he’s been declining.  It’s not as bad as Arenas, but his scoring has come down.  Rebounding and assists are down.  I just question his desire to become a player worth his money.

The final one I can talk about is Elton Brand.  I’ve very surprised to see him on the last.  He’s been in the league for 13 years, but numbers are down. He’s also had his share of injuries that kept him out for some time.

Who do you think is the most overpaid player in the league?


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