Originally Posted by bjjs
I honestly don't think 5 mil per is that bad for Pachulia. He's a character/culture guy. Plays to win, not to make friends. I'm sure Larry Drew knew his importance the Hawks squad that has had a nice run of playoff appearances.
I don't like the Splitter contract - but I think they paid him on the expectation that he'll be mildly better than last year, and he will be - so not a bust.
Al Jefferson I can see on this list because he is expected to be a star.
I think Monta & Jose could be 'busts' in Dallas. Monta struggles at times, and Jose will be in a new role surrounded by other vets and is getting paid handsomely, regardless, I wouldn't bet on either being busts.
Carl Landry is getting paid like a good role player. He's getting paid to do what he already does, not to do more. He's not a bust. Like Pachulia.
Pekovic - expectations come with $12MMper - but I don't think he'll underperform.
Josh Smith - expectations to not only perform, but be somewhat of a leader and maybe the best player on the team. Suspect history with attitude and behaviour. Prime bust candidate.
Dwight Howard - Ditto. I'm not sure he'll be a bust though - I think he'll be very motivated to prove people wrong...but the last few years definitely suggest he might be the biggest bust of them all.
Wildcard - Dwight Howard
I don't think Bynum's contract is bad at all. And Smith's seams about right too.