Everyone always talks about the best players per position, per league and per team. Endless articles are dedicated to Lebron and Durant, rightfully so, but what about the least valuable players? Who are the players on each team drawing a decent paycheck to just hang around the roster? Or perhaps they are expected to deliver but might not necessarily live up to their contracts.
Some teams were very easy to pick out someone (Thunder) while some teams didn’t really have a bad contract/player in terms of value. Other teams had multiple people to choose from (Knicks), which made it difficult. All in all, I had to pick at least one player per team. Value can either be determined by how much you pay versus what you get out of a player or just by a player not being important to the team, their least valuable asset.
Team – Player
Let’s dive into the least valuable players for each team:
Atlanta Hawks – Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha leads off our list. It’s not really his fault he is leading this off since I put the teams in alphabetical order. His best playing days are behind him. Thabo has always been viewed as a role player. He exploded two seasons ago offensively with the Thunder in terms of rating, not actual scoring. He had a 61% TS (Total shooting) but has since fallen. Hopefully for Atlanta, he can find this magic again.
Boston Celtics – Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace is a no-brainer for least valuable player on the Celtics based on his salary alone. The Celtics do not have many large contracts. I believe Gerald has lost his motivation over the past couple of seasons. A former All-Star, Wallace can fill up a stat sheet quickly. With Boston’s youth direction and Wallace having an expiring contract next year, I would be shocked if he lasted the entire season in Boston.
Brooklyn Nets – Joe Johnson
This team is littered with horrible contracts. Fortunately for Iso-Joe, he has the largest amount of money coming to him this season, which is unfortunate for Brooklyn. Heading into his 15 season, Joe has slowly declined in terms of production. Especially coming to Brooklyn, he had to sacrifice possession and shots. Although Pierce has moved on, KG is not getting any younger, and Brook Lopez is sidelined for some time (again), I still do not expect Joe Johnson to return to his dominant All-Star form. Continue reading