Here is a look at five players all earning over $10+ million for next season
Rashard Lewis ($20.5 million) Lewis will be the highest paid player on the Orlando Magic roster for the next three seasons. Since joining the Magic in 07-08, his regular season scoring has declined the past three seasons. He had a dreadful conference finals vs. the Celtics averaging just 8.2 points (34 percent from the field). The last time he scored under 15 points in a season was 2000-2001. He also missed the first 10 games of the season because of a failed drug test. Lewis is a good player because of his size and shooting ability but does deserve to earn more than Dwight Howard.
Elton Brand ($15.9 million) Brand averaged his lowest point (13.1), rebounds (6.1) and blocks (1.1) of his career last season. Before signing with the Philadelphia 76ers he was a big injury risk playing in only 37 games in a two-year span. In February and March he averaged under 13 points and April was his worst month of the season. In the final seven games of the season he averaged 8.9 (44 percent from the field) points, 2,3 rebounds in just 23 minutes per game. The former number one overall pick (1999) was a great player. When I think of Brand, 20-10 comes to mind. Those days are long gone.
Peja Stojakovic ($15.3 million) Chris Paul is not the highest paid New Orleans Hornet next season. That honor goes to Stojakovic who has failed to live up to success he had with the Sacramento Kings. He has missed at least 20 games and averaged under 14 points the past two seasons He also has struggled shooting the ball shooting under 40 percent and 38 percent from downtown. These percentages are significantly down from his All-Star years (2002-2004).
Eric Dampier ($13 million) Since he was drafted 10th overall by the Indiana Pacers in 1996 he has averaged 10+ points just twice in a season. His 12 rebounds per game in 2003-2004 was the lone time he averaged over eight in a season. He has lasted this long in the NBA because of his size (6’11″-265) and ability to block shots (1.5 for career). However, his underline stats to not stand out because of the foul trouble he has gotten himself into. Dampier is 8th on the active list in personal fouls (2,778) which comes out to 4.1 fouls per 36 minutes. Injuries caused him to play just 55 games which was his lowest total since the 2000-2001 season. He struggled in the playoffs scoring 0 points in 4 of his 5 playoff games against the Spurs.
Eddy Curry ($11.2 million) Curry is blessed to have such a large player option to exercise for next season. With his financial woes he needs the money to pay off his large debt. In 2006-2007, Curry showed flashes of becoming an All-Star caliber player when he averaged 19.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 81 games. Since then his career has been plagues with misfortune and injuries. He has missed 152 games over the past two seasons and last started for the Knicks on March 7, 2008.