Much like this year’s NBA draft class, the free-agency pool is believed to be shallow in talent. As a result, teams are likely to overpay for average talents or throw large amounts of money at others solely because of their names.
The NBA sees its share unwarranted contracts each year, but a lack of depth within this year’s class, coupled with numerous teams needing to improve, will lead to bidding wars and potentially an number of bad contracts.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t any free agents capable of making a positive impact on any number of teams, but the price of these select few are bound to skyrocket due to a lack of competition. And with this in mind, let’s take a look at the 10 most overpriced free agents of this year’s class.
Rodney Stuckey is one of the top free agent point guards available. Of course, this is in a market where Aaron Brooks is generating an all-star like buzz, so it is not exactly an accomplishment.
Stuckey averaged 15.5 points and 5.2 assists per game last season. He is a very talented, multi-faceted offensive player but lacks the premiere court vision one would expect from a point guard. He also lacks effectiveness on the defensive end.
While he is a restricted free agent, the Detroit Pistons are going to have some competition if they want to bring him back. He is arguably the best offensively talented point guard available, but he pales in comparison to players like Deron Williams and Chris Paul.
Is a max level contract in Stuckey’s future? Definitely not, but he is likely to get more than the $3.9 million he is due to make next season.
Stuckey is no superstar, but he may get paid like one should the free-agency period ever resume.