Originally written on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 9/6/12




The good folks over at WarriorsWorld tweeted a very interesting list recently - the top 100 NBA career salaries of all-time.  And, not surprisingly, there are some truly hideous names on the list.  Whether it was gaudy scoring numbers or the old adage that "you can't teach height", some players were able to convince NBA GMs to spend an exorbitant amount of money to acquire (or keep) their services.

So which players mugged their respective teams the worst?  Our choices are below:



Gilbert Arenas - $119,906,799 (43rd)

The Mugging: 2008 - $111 million over six years
The Victim: The Washington Wizards

Who could have guessed that signing an unpredictable player (on and off the court) with a serious injury history to a huge contract would blow up in a team's face?  The crazy part - Arenas turned down an even more lucrative deal with the Wizards to allow them the ability to sign other players.  Agent Zero ended up playing only 55 more games for the Wiz.


Allan Houston - $117,556,500 (44th)

The Mugging: 2001 - $100 million over six years
The Victim: The New York Knicks

A $100 million max contract extension for a 30-year-old who had never made an All-Star Team at that point (and never would)?  Couldn't be anyone but James Dolan and the Knicks, now could it?!


Brian Grant - $109,842,052 (51st)

The Mugging: 2000 - $86 million over seven years
The Victim: The Miami Heat

You can't question Pat Riley's success in basketball, but $86 million for a bench player who averaged 7 points and 6 boards the year before?


Antoine Walker - $108,142,015 (54th)

The Mugging: 1999 - $71 million over six years
The Victim: The Boston Celtics

The sad part?  All of that $100 million plus has been blown by Walker - plus more.


Steve Francis - $103,501,131 (60th)

The Mugging: 2003 - $80 million over six years
The Victim: The Houston Rockets

Stevie Franchise didn't quite live up to his billing for Houston, now did he?  No All-NBA appearances.  No All-Star Game selections.  Lots of money, though.  The people of Vancouver shouldn't feel so bad that he stiffed them on draft night.


Jalen Rose - $102,438,250 (64th)

The Mugging: 2000 - $93 million over seven years
The Victim: The Indiana Pacers

$93 million?!  That rose doesn't smell so sweet.


Theo Ratliff - $102,351,958 (65th)

The Muggings: 1999 - $61 million over seven years; 2004 - $35 million over three years
The Victims: The Philadelphia 76ers and The Portland Trailblazers

Need further proof that it pays to be tall?!


Michael Redd - $101,991,325 (66th)

The Mugging: 2005 - $90 million over six years
The Victim: The Milwaukee Bucks

Need further proof that scoring is overvalued and overpaid?!


Damon Stoudamire - $99,672,198 (71st)

The Mugging: 1999 - $81 million over seven years
The Victim: The Portland Trailblazers

For those keeping track at home (and I know you all are), Mighty Mouse made over $1.4 million per inch of height over his career.


Erick Dampier - $97,963,871 (73rd)

The Mugging: 2004 - $73 million over seven years 
The Victim: The Dallas Mavericks

Oh, the joys of being (almost) seven feet tall.


Not-So Honourable Mention:

Vin Baker, Latrell Sprewell, Larry Hughes, Jerry Stackhouse, Juwan Howard



 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

Las Vegas Mob Museum to open FIFA corruption exhibit

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker