Posted April 06, 2013

Spurs’ Stephen Jackson disputes ‘Most Overpaid’ list in hilarious fashion

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Stephen Jackson gives a "thumbs up" to his inclusion on a "Most Overpaid" list. (Spurs.com)

Stephen Jackson gives a “thumbs up” to his inclusion on a “Most Overpaid” list. (Spurs.com)

By Ben Golliver

Forbes drafted a list of the NBA’s 10 most overpaid players by comparing a player’s Win Shares and salary, and the results were a bit unusual, as the list included a number of the league’s biggest stars along with some of its most notorious salary cap albatrosses.

One of the players on the list — Spurs forward Stephen Jackson — disputed his No. 8 ranking following San Antonio’s shootaround on Saturday. The must-see video of Jackson’s comments is available on Spurs.com.

“I’ve been underpaid my whole career,” he said, smiling. “You do the math. It’s adding up. Who cares? Whether they think that or not, I’m still getting paid almost $10 million this year.”

The list’s full top 10: Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Ben Gordon (Bobcats), Joe Johnson (Nets), Hedo Turkoglu (Magic), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), Corey Maggette (Pistons), Rudy Gay (Raptors), Jackson, Chris Kaman (Mavericks) and Arron Afflalo (Magic).

“That don’t make no sense,” Jackson said. “Dirk and Carmelo? Seriously? … I’m happy to be on that list. If Dirk and Carmelo Anthony are on that list, I’m doing a great job. My life is going in the right direction.”

Jackson, 35, is indeed making $10 million this season in the final year of his current contract. His 13-year career earnings top $68 million. He’s averaging 6.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.6 minutes per game for San Antonio this season.

The “overpaid” discussion led Jackson to lightheartedly note that the list’s creator was “somebody who is dying inside, probably.” It also prompted Jackson to take a trip down memory lane in search of his own “worst contracts” list from the past.

“I can name at least 10 people that are overpaid,” he said. “One is the worst of all time and I played with him. Jim McIlvaine. He robbed the league with no mask, no type of weapon. He just went and said give me all those hundreds, 99 million or something? And he played one year in Seattle and New Jersey. Jim McIlvaine should be number one. At least I’ve got a championship.”

Jackson was a member of the 2003 title-winning Spurs. McIlvaine, a 7-foot-1 center, played seven seasons with the Bullets, SuperSonics and Nets, posting averages of 2.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He earned at least $32.1 million over his career, according to Basketball-Reference.com. He retired without winning an NBA title.

Hat tip: @JMcDonald_SAEN

15 comments
no1squiggly
no1squiggly

dont bother replying my friend  AZERON, BECAUSE I PUT U ON MY SPAM LIST MY FRIEND

sdouglasmc
sdouglasmc

“That don’t make no sense,”

 

Seriously?  Does he realize that means it does make sense?

no1squiggly
no1squiggly

because i wanted 2 and its a free country my friend

gambetacarrizo
gambetacarrizo

That list is absurd. Melo and Nowitzki are on it, and Amare and Oden are not. Those guy at Forbes don´t know much about NBA.

no1squiggly
no1squiggly

for my part, if they depended on people like me 2 go and c them play, they would b better off flipping hamburgers at mcdonalds. or starve

TylerRums
TylerRums

I am not a fan of the huge contracts of athletes, but at least they work for it.  At least they are held accountable and must produce results or else.  Our government and politicians should be number one and two on the list because they don't put in any effort for what they are supposed to do, work for the good of the people that elected them.  They are not held accountable.  And they do not produce results.

Blazer_Duck
Blazer_Duck

How Greg Oden didn't make the list is beyond comprehensible. $35 million for 82 games over 5 years. I'd say that's over paid.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

 @gambetacarrizo If you read the Forbes article, they said that players who are injured weren't included, unless constantly injured. As for Oden, he's not on a team right now, and this list is for players who are playing.

Azeron
Azeron

 @no1squiggly I'd say they are doing just fine without your support, my friend.  The only question is:  If you care so little why bother commenting here?

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

 @TylerRums Stop electing them over stupid issues and hold them accountable.....God,Guns and Gays are not real issues....destruction of environment and Trickle Down  Corporate Welfare are destroying/destroyed our planet and our middle class driven economy......

Azeron
Azeron

 @TylerRums Politicians are thieves.  They don't have to justify their jobs.  It is generally understood that they are going to poke you in your guts and there is nothing one can do about it.

eddie577
eddie577

@Blazer_Duck you're right. Whoever wrote the article is the most overpaid writer in sports.