T.O. Sports: Top 5 Over-Paid Raptors - A History
Old 08-07-2009, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Every franchise has that person, or players that makes them cringe or shudder when thinking of how much money they are making. It really hurts when your team isn’t even winning (cough Lakers cough) So of course in our short exsistence the Raptors have made some huge errors ( Rafeal Araujo) and have a history of over paying people based on other reasons rather than talent. So without further delay i present the Top 5 Overpaid Raptors in History.

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Number One: Marcus Banks

The Only Current Raptor to make this list. As much as I would have loved to nitpick at the whole Turkoglu signing, Banks just really takes the cake. Banks doesn’t play at all, couldn’t ever play at all, and is another reason I have to sometimes question our esteemed Colangelo. Marcus Banks has NEVER displayed any skills to deserve the 5yr /21.3 Million Dollar contract. Also keep in mind Danny Ainge didn’t pick up an option on Banks, and subsequently Kevin McHale didn’t attempt to re-sign him when he had the chance. I personally think there is some brom-ance between Colangelo and Banks as I cannot logically explain why Banks has been renounced by two incompetent basketball men, yet picked up twice by Toronto’s beloved GM Colangelo.
Number Two: Hakeem Olajuwon

This was one of the worse signings in Raptors history. The ‘Dream’ was more of a nightmare during his brief tenure in Toronto. He was so bad that he only lasted ONE year in Canada, while the Raptors continued to pay him for the remainder of his contract. This was during the ‘golden’ era of playoff contention for the Raptors but even then when has the signing of a 39 year-old center to a four year deal been a good idea. This is yet another reason why Grunwald failed as a General Manager: incompetent, illogical moves such as this
Number Three: Lenny Wilkens

This was the worse five million ever spent on a coach. Yes I remember vividly his press conference, and how we finally had a credible coach for the first time ever. But really at that point Lenny hadn’t really since coached his days in Atlanta (and even that is debatable). The Raptors really went through a stretch were they were the NBA’s Dallas Cowboys, meaning they paid way too many people that weren’t even on the roster or staff. By the way Wilkens continued to collect two years extra salary from the Raptors even after becoming coach of the Knicks which was a debacle in the Isaiah Thomas mold.
Number Four: Jerome Williams

JYD was certainly a fan favorite during his stay in Toronto with his hustle and all-out style of play. However 40 Million over seven years for someone who couldn’t even shoot or pass is far from admirable. By today’s standards Ronny Turiaf’s contract, or Marko Jaric would be comparable, as both are players that don’t do anything well but are paid for their hustle (Turiaf) or because they have some bonehead GM wanting to pay them (Jaric). Frankly I am beginning to see why Raptors tickets are this expensive, the team is clearly attempting to make back the money they wasted six years ago.
Number Five: Alvin Williams

It pains me to add Williams to this list however at seven years and 50 million it has to be done. Let me say firstly that Alvin had more heart than the majority of the persons who have played for the Raptors. I remember the promise he had and how hard he played all the time. However paying 50 million for 12 points and 6 assists a game is not a great investment. Even looking at the next year with his numbers at 14 and 6 doesn’t justify that investment subsequently the injuries started happening afterwards but it’s not like Williams was suppose to be 16 and 10 player for the Raptors, even when league spending was out of control (Juwan Howard’s 105 million contract is an excellent example) Williams should not have been offered this contract there is a fine line between loyalty and overpaying and Williams contract more than crossed the line.
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Alvin Williams deserved his pay day.Lenny Wilkens just burnt him out by playing him injured.If they know anything they would have had Yogi Stewart number 1 because he was making at least 6 milion or damn near 9 milliom a year to warm the bench.You could probably through in Jason Kapono while your at it
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How is Alonzo Mourning not on there?

If you are going to include banks who was acquired through a trade, then you have to include Mourning.

We paid him to play for another team for god sakes!
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Alvin Williams deserved his pay day.Lenny Wilkens just burnt him out by playing him injured.If they know anything they would have had Yogi Stewart number 1 because he was making at least 6 milion or damn near 9 milliom a year to warm the bench.You could probably through in Jason Kapono while your at it
kapono isn't overpaid. the only way he was overpaid for us is because we didn't utilize him properly. so, he could barely do anything.


and this article was originally put on b/r as a slide show http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...tors-a-history . it looks better like a slide show to.

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ugh, yogi stewart and his $24M to ride the bench?
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Mr. Malcolm should do his research. Colangelo didn't give Banks that fat contract. BC was already in Toronto when Phoenix signed him.
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Mr. Malcolm should do his research. Colangelo didn't give Banks that fat contract. BC was already in Toronto when Phoenix signed him.
ah, he probably had a long day and wasn't thinking.


and apparently, the jermaine oneal for shawn marion trade was going to go down straight. but, then bc threw in moon and said i want banks.
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and apparently, the jermaine oneal for shawn marion trade was going to go down straight. but, then bc threw in moon and said i want banks.
I highly doubt that. It's much more likely that Miami insisted on Moon and demanded Toronto take Banks in return. Not to mention that Banks' contract needed to be included in order to make the trade work under the cap.
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good points re: Mourning and Stewart. yogi was the first person i thought of when i read the title of this thread.
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ah, he probably had a long day and wasn't thinking.


and apparently, the jermaine oneal for shawn marion trade was going to go down straight. but, then bc threw in moon and said i want banks.
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Banks needed to be in the trade to make the salaries match.

Anyways, Yogi needs to be in there, as does Alonzo as already mentioned. Alvin Williams received a huge payday and he was only really up to those standards, for that one season. Hakeem was terrible, he barely played one season and just collected the cheques. Though, I don't think he was 39 and i'm pretty sure it was a 3 year deal. JYD was overpaid hard and so was Antonio Davis to be honest. Basically everyone signed that year received way more than they needed to. Grunwald handicapped the roster in the hopes of them repeating their past glory. We all know that it didn't work out in the way he had envisioned.
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50 million over seven years really isn't that bad when you break it down on a yearly basis. Besides, Alvin was more than just "14 and 6," he was an awesome perimeter defender, tough as the toughest nails, and the leader on that team.
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+10. Jalen was obscenely overpaid. I'd switch Alvin out for Jalen and have Hakeem and Marcus switch spots. Hakeem should be number one and it's not even close. He kept us tied down for so much longer than Marcus did, and at a much higher price tag. A lot of it while not even suiting up.
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I don't know....12 million a year for a 33 year old undersized centre was a pretty bad signing.
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But didn't we trade for Jalen?
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But didn't we trade for Jalen?
yeah, but that doesn't change anything though. Our GM clearly wanted him here (contract and all).
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Oh I thought it was about people we signed.
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Oh I thought it was about people we signed.
Banks is number one.
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I don't know....12 million a year for a 33 year old undersized centre was a pretty bad signing.
it wasn't bad when he was producing about 15/10 nightly....but then he started to be a whining about the Canadian national anthem and the metric system
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