Just about once a week some Charlotte Bobcats fan or another will remind me Tyrus Thomas must represent the worst contract in the NBA.
Certainly Thomas’s deal is in the discussion. He makes $8 million this season and is guaranteed $8.7 million for the 2013-14 season and $9.3 million in 2014-15. As of Friday, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap hadn’t used Thomas in the last 19 games.
So I decided to rip through each player payroll in the NBA to find comparably troublesome contracts. I chose not to include injured players, since that’s not the fault of the player or the team that signed him.
Many of the really awful contracts have already been wiped off the books by the NBA’s amnesty clause. That allows each team to waive one player and stop counting his remaining salary against the cap. (That only applies to cap measures; the player still gets paid.)
I came up with five contracts that were comparable to Thomas’s deal with the Bobcats. Not surprisingly, most of these guys are big men, either centers or power forwards. The league has always paid a premium for size, so it’s predictable that big men who flop tend to look the most overpaid.
The Not-So-Fab Five, listed in alphabetical order:
Five passing thoughts on the NBA and the Bobcats:
With Jannero Pargo playing so well as a fill-in point guard, Ramon Sessions should feel no special urgency to hurry back from a sprained knee. It’s not as if the Bobcats are chasing a playoff spot in April.
There was a time in January when I thought Mark Jackson was a lock to be coach of the year. But the Warriors settled back into the pack of late, and I can’t see them winning a round in the upcoming playoffs.
Scouts looking to check out potential lottery picks in the NCAA tournament needed to get out early this year. Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Anthony Bennett (Nevada-Las Vegas) were both out of the tournament on Thursday.
• Josh McRoberts has played about as well as the Bobcats could have hoped when they traded for him last month. It will be interesting to see what effort is made to re-sign him over the summer.
The Toronto Raptors represent four of the Bobcats’ total 22 victories from the start of last season through Friday. The Raptors and Washington Wizards are the only two Eastern Conference teams to lose season series with the Bobcats in that span.