The NBAs Worst Contracts
Old 03-08-2013, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Sports Guy breaks down the worst contracts in basketball - Grantland

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Horrific. Oh good.

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25. Rudy Gay: three years, $53.7 million
Most fans love the idea of Rudy: 6-foot-8, defends either forward spot, good athlete, unafraid at crunch time, seems like he's good. Nobody wants to accept that he's a horrific shooter — repeat: horrific — who excels at posting up smaller defenders, and that's about it. Math doesn't lie: According to Hoopdata.com, Gay is shooting 25 percent on shots from 16 to 23 feet (the worst percentage of anyone who attempted three-plus shots per game from that range) and 23.3 percent from 3 (the worst percentage of anyone who attempted three-plus 3s per game). In other words, Gay attempts nearly 10 shots per game from more than 15 feet and makes two of them. I stand by "horrific."

Now, there's an excellent chance that (a) Gay needed a change of scenery, (b) Z-Bo and Marc Gasol clogged the paint and made it more difficult for him to drive to the hoop (there's some truth to that), (c) he's better off playing the 4 and exploiting quickness mismatches there (à la Carmelo) and (d) this trade could still work out for Toronto if Gay ever stops throwing up bricks. But reading Marc Spears's report that Toronto wants to lock up Gay TO AN EXTENSION this summer … I mean … what???? Why not use these last six weeks to make sure he's still competent offensively before broaching that strategy publicly? What's wrong with these teams?
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Yeah that shooting amazed me. We need to lock him down in to the post area and throw away the key. That, and he needs to really work on his 3 point spot up game in the offseason. You're not Kobe, Rudy, stop taking pullup and fadeaway jumpers from 16-23 feet.
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10. Landry Fields: three years, $18.73 million
Don't forget, Toronto offered Fields too much money as a strategic ploy. (Not a typo.) They were hoping the Knicks would knock themselves out of the Steve Nash sweepstakes to match the offer, leaving Toronto as Nash's only suitor. Instead, Nash went to the Lakers and New York gleefully stuck Toronto with Fields, making him the Kip Addotta of 2012 free agency (see this column for an explanation). What's the right word for that chain of events? I'm going with "hilarious!" unless you can top it.

Meanwhile, Fields is turning into the Dave Stapleton of basketball — instead of getting better every year like every other young player, he's somehow getting worse.

2011: 9.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 50% FG, 39% 3FG, 77% FT, 13.5 PER.
2012: 8.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 46% FG, 26% 3FG, 56% FT, 12.1 PER.
2013: 4.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 45% FG, 8% 3FG, 70% FT, 10.2 PER.

Translation: This is threatening to replace the murder subplot in Season 2 of Friday Night Lights as the most painful story line involving someone named Landry. Stay tuned.
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5. Andrea Bargnani: three years, $33 million
Player A: 29.2 MPG, 13.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 40% FG, 31% 3FG, 11.4 PER.
Player B: 29.7 MPG, 12.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 39% FG, 32% 3FG, 12.4 PER.

Player A is Bargnani. Player B is Byron Mullens.

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU, ANDREA BARGNANI????????15
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Yeah that shooting amazed me. We need to lock him down in to the post area and throw away the key. That, and he needs to really work on his 3 point spot up game in the offseason. You're not Kobe, Rudy, stop taking pullup and fadeaway jumpers from 16-23 feet.
I do feel pretty good when Demar shoots those shots. Remember when DD was a shooting guard that couldn't shoot? Oh yeah - he still gets described that way. And Rudy is clutch. Problem is that Rudy reminds me too much of Andrea on the offensive end. I mean he's practically a clone. Clangclangclang off the rim. Drive into traffic and turn it over or throw up a wild toss. I really hope he gets his offensive game together. I can't handle another Bargnani-type player, even if he rebounds and defends. Not at that price.
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Yeah next year is going to be a big one for Rudy, because if he continues to shoot 40% from the field, he isnt going to get his last huge, potentially maxed out contract. It amazes me how we're already looking to re-sign him when he really hasn't been a consistent positive player for us. It would also help if we had an experienced competent coach who would run sets to Rudys strengths, because when Rudy ISOs from the wings and gets into the 5-15 foot area, he's fantastic for the most part.

I'd agree that Demar is much better in terms of the pullup game, but against really good defences that force him to create/drive and make a decision, he still struggles mightily, and without a spotup 3 point shot, he often struggles when confronted with multiple defenders when driving to the hole.

I still don't like them together on either side of the ball.
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re. colangelo, you could also include hedo and, technically speaking, joe johnson.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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some guy made a silly but interesting "statistical" analysis of nba gm's, based solely on bill simmons' opinions in the best/worst contracts column. any guesses where colangelo ranks?

NBA GM Power Rankings, According to Bill Simmons | Just Throwin' it Out There...
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lol second last, what a joke, I can't wait for BC to be gone
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lol second last, what a joke, I can't wait for BC to be gone
Won't be at the end of this year, he'll be here for another 3 years
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I've never even heard of Jan Vesely. 17.3 bones?? That hurts
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