The NBA is about one-third of the way through the 2019-20 season. A whole lot has already happened with previous title contenders falling on hard times and star players failing to live up to their contracts.
That’s no more prevalent than in San Francisco and Houston, where two stars have not performed up to the level that most had expected.
It’s in this that we look at the five-most overpaid players in the NBA thus far this season.
Houston had to know it was buying into a bad contract when the team traded for Westbrook this past summer. The highest-paid player in the NBA, the 31-year-old Westbrook signed his five-year, $206.8 million extension with Oklahoma City back in September of 2017. He’s signed through the 2022-23 campaign with an average base salary of north of $40 million per season.
It has not gone too swimmingly for Russ in his first season with the Rockets. The former NBA MVP is shooting just 43% from the field, including a disastrous 23% mark from distance. He’s also averaging a six-year low 7.2 assists to go with an absurd 4.4 turnovers per game. One now has to wonder if Houston has buyer’s remorse here.