Today we are going to take a look at some of the worst contracts in NBA history. Some of these players did got injured, some had legal or personal problems and some were just simply overpaid.
1o. Raef LaFrentz – Dallas Mavericks
He was signed by the Dallas Mavericks during the 2002 – 03 season for 70 million dollars over 7 years. He was a pretty good player but not worth near the amount he received from the Mavs. He could block shoots, and could also make some plays off the dribble. He could shot the 3-pointer but he had serious problems with injuries and in-consistency. After 1 year with the Mavericks he was traded to Boston.
9. Vin Baker – Seattle Supersonics
Here is another 7-year contract worth 86 million for Seattle Supersonics. Unlike most players on this list, Vin Baker did deserve this contract. He was a 4-time NBA All Star and Olympics Gold Medalist. He was a talented scorer and pretty good rebounder. He signed this contract in 1999, as he averaged 20 & 10 during his first season with Sonics and that was actually his last productive season in the NBA. He also battled mayor alcoholic problems outside the court which ruined his career.
8. Penny Hardaway – Phoenix Suns
Everybody knows how dominant Penny was in his first years with the Orlando Magic. However, during his time with the Magic, he was already battling various knee problems. That didn’t stop the Suns to give him a 7-year worth 78 million dollars, which if fully healthy he would definitely deserve. The Suns signed him in 1999 and in his second year he re-injured his knee once again and would never score more than 12 points per game afterwards.
7. Erik Dampier – Dallas Mavericks
Erik was an average centre until the 03-04 season which was his contract year and he averaged 12 points and 12 rebounds. He turned into a valuable centre in the free agency and Dallas Mavericks took a chance on him in the 04 season giving him 73 million dollars over 7 years. Even though he played well during his contract year, he never averaged more than 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.
6. Larry Hughes – Cleveland Cavaliers
After striking out in the free agency, Cavs in deep need of a guard went all in with Larry Hughes. He averaged 22 points per game with the Wizards and was given 70 million over 5 years for the Cavs. He was suppose to help LeBron with scoring and he even wasn’t able to do that so he was soon traded from Cleveland.
5. Jerome James – New York Knicks
Knicks singed Jerome James for 30 million dollars over 5 years. This contract doesn’t seem that big for NBA standards, however Jerome came into the deal averaging 5 points and 3.5 rebounds. He was out of shape and another big bust for NY Knicks which seemed to be a standard for the Knicks over years.
4. Eddie Curry – New York Knicks
Here is another bad Knicks signing. He was signed for 60 million dollars over the course of 6 years. Eddie was considered a talented player but that was it. He couldn’t rebound, he couldn’t block shots and was constantly out of shape. Curry played a total of 10 games for the Knicks from 2008 to 2010 and he was still able to make 19 million dollars.
3. Stephon Marbury – New York Knicks
Marbury signed a 4-year extension worth 76 million dollars with Phoenix Suns. However, this contract wasn’t suppose to be activated until the 2005-2006 season but Marbury was traded to the Knicks in 2004. Stephon was notorious for his problems with coaches which lead to him missing a lot of game. At first, NY fans were excited about this move, however that changed as they only made one Playoff appearance during his career with the Knicks.
2 . Allan Houston – New York Knicks
Coming of almost 20 points per game in his first couple of season with the Knicks and making some really big shots it didn’t seem the Knicks made a bad decision signing Allan on a long term deal. He signed a 6-year contract worth 100 million dollars, however his constant knee injuries caused him to leave the game of basketball. That made Allan the leagues second highest payed player for 2 years after he played his last game with the Knicks.
1. Gilbert Arenas – Washington Wizards
Washington should have seen this coming from a mile away. After season in which he played only 13 games, Wizards signed Arenas on a 6 year contract worth 127 million dollars and he never played more than 40 games a season. This came from a lot of injuries and legal problems. He actually admitted he probably had the worst contract in NBA history.