These articles come out every once in a while as the intersection of money, sports and production makes for interesting discussion.
These articles have also not been kind to the Magic since Otis Smith went on his spending binge in the summer of 2009 and it continued with the woeful trade. The Magic are still paying Gilbert Arenas.
Forbes Magazine came out with its list of the most overpaid players in the NBA, using win shares as its barometer for "overpaying" and focused mostly on Carmelo Anthony and his struggles to make statheads happy. However, the list, provided by Tom Van Riper, includes two Magic players: Hedo Turkoglu and Arron Afflalo.
He gives Turkoglu no pass for being injured for the majority of this season. In 11 games this season, Turkoglu posted a -0.5 win shares and 2.9 points per game on a salary paying him $11.8 million. Then you add on top of that his 20-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance and a broken hand in the first game of the season and you have a really bad season.
As Van Riper notes, Turkoglu's production has been declining steadily since 2008. The Magic appeared to be right when they declined to match Toronto's offer of $52.8 million for five years. In all likelihood, the Magic will buy him out of the last year of his contract and his time in the NBA will be over.
Afflalo, on the other hand, I have to disagree with. Afflalo might be getting paid a bit more than he should, but for the role the Magic needed, he produced decently well. By win shares, Afflalo has produced 2.0 win shares (on a team with just 19 wins, mind you) and a career-high 16.5 points per game.no comments