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What great timing on the part of Forbes magazine. Yesterday, Forbes mag released a list of who they think are “The Most Overpaid Players” in the NBA. #1 on that list is the red hot Carmelo Anthony who going into last night’s game has scored 90 points total in his previous two.
The reasoning behind Melo topping the list.
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.
In front of Knick’s legends Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Jerry Lucas and Clyde Frazier, Melo showed his effectiveness by scoring 41 points on 17 of 28 shooting. This 40 point explosion gives Melo 40+ in 3 straight games which is an accomplishment none of the previously mentioned Knicks legends have ever done. The only other Knick to pull this off was Bernard (congrats on going to the HOF) King.
Almost as impressive as Melo’s personal scoring outburst was the team’s 42 point 3rd quarter. The Knicks were down at halftime but outscored the Bucks by 21 in the 3rd.
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Here’s the other 9 that fairly or unfairly made Forbe’s list.
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
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