Forbes’ most overpaid NBA players for 2013, Carmelo Anthony is making way too much

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is congratulated by teammates after winning against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Knicks won 95-82. (Mike Muszynski-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is congratulated by teammates after winning against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Knicks won 95-82. (Mike Muszynski-USA TODAY Sports)

David Berri of thenbageek.com worked with Forbes to compile a list of the most overpaid players in the NBA right now. Injured players, although they are being paid, were not counted, but basically every stat under the sun was.

Berri rates players’ contribution to wins not only by scoring but shooting percentage, assists, rebounds and turnovers. From there, Berri measured those numbers against a player’s opportunities to accumulate those stats. For example, a faster paced game equated to more chances for rebounds, assists, turnovers, etc. Finally, all of those numbers are accumulated into a stat he calls ‘win shares’, which he then puts up against a player’s salary.

Did you get all that?

Thus, although guys like Carmelo Anthony (more on him in a bit) make buckets, the fact that they really don’t do anything else to help teams win games make their multi-million dollar salaries look like extremely poor investments.

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Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic
Win Shares: -0.4
Salary: $7.8 million

Chris Kaman, Dallas Mavericks
Win Shares: -0.6
Salary: $8 million

Stephen Jackson, San Antonio Spurs
Win Shares: -0.2
Salary: $10.1 million

Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors
Win Shares: 1.8 (Grizzlies are 23-9 since trading him)
Salary: $16.5 million

Corey Maggette, Detroit Pistons
Win Shares: -0.8
Salary: $10.9 million

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Win Shares: 3.3
Salary: $20.9 million (stats say he is worth $13 million right now)

Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
Win Shares: -0.6
Salary: $11.8 million

Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets
Win Shares: 1.5
Salary: $19.75 million

Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats
Win Shares: -2.1
Salary: $12.4 million

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Win Shares: 0.7
Salary: $19.4 million (stats say Zach Randolph, making $3 million with Memphis, is a better investment)

What do you think about these numbers, Gamedayr Nation? Do you think Melo is overpaid?

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