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15 Richest NBA Players

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The NBA and the salaries of their players is always a hot topic. Are the players making too much? Are the players making too little? Overall a debatable topic; however, our list of the top 15 showcases the top talents that have delivered for their teams, cities, and the NBA. They are super rich and it’s deserved.

Looking into what factors in to a player’s net worth is not only salary, but also business ventures as well as sponsorships. Most of the players on this list have made healthy salaries playing and the truly elite have gone beyond. Which players just missed the list? Oh, there are a few, some truly not deserving of the top 15.

First, there’s Dwayne Wade, the cornerstone of for the Miami Heat and their three championships. Valued with a net worth of $90 million dollars, he just falls short, but in my opinion has been worth every penny. Now, three dishonorable mentions. First, Dwight Howard ($100 million), a great player that has yet delivered greatness on a team level. Currently on the Atlanta Hawks, he will have another chance this season in the playoffs, but don’t hold your breath. Then there’s Juwan Howard ($80 million), the first NBA player to be awarded a $100-million-dollar contract and it’s safe to say not worthy. Finally, we have Alan Houston who received a six-year $100-million-dollar contract because his agent convinced the New York Knicks he was the next Michael Jordan. Sadly, he was not.

Ready to see the richest NBA players? We’ve got current stars, ex-stars that are now in the broadcast booth, and, of course, Michael Jordan, who should probably be on here twice given his influence and net worth. Here are the 15 richest NBA stars today.

Check out the full list at TheRichest.com

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Most Clutch NBA Players of All-Time

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Three, two, one… Who do you want taking the shot as the clock winds down? It’s not always an All-NBA star and for some players it becomes their specialty, their calling card in the NBA. Bonus if you end up with a nickname due to your clutch shooting. Nicknames make everything better.

All of these players have no fear when it comes to “taking the shot,” regardless of whether it goes in or not. One consistent characteristic is that each player puts himself in position to either have the ball or receive it during crunch time. These are the guys that want to be down two, pulling up from beyond the arc with a chance to win! They don’t even think about the other option.

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The 15 Biggest NBA Team Cancers

What makes a player a team cancer? In the NBA it can be a black hole or the guy that orchestrates bad team chemistry. He often takes a lot of shots, sometimes all of the shots. This is not always a bad thing (taking the majority of the shots), but it’s dependent on the situation.

Classic NBA examples are Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison, both ball dominant players who scored a lot of points, made All-Star teams and did little to help their teams compete for a championship. The types of players that will occasionally fill a highlight reel on their own, but rarely make the players around them better. Quite simply, they don’t play well with others.

This list is looking at active players only at this moment. Carmelo Anthony could possibly be the best player on a championship team, but playing on the current Knicks squad is toxic for not only Anthony, but the others that are forced to play alongside him. A perfect example of a player hurting the development of the team and just not a good fit.

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NBA 2013-14 Preview

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Tis the season for team recaps so I’m taking a lighter approach.  Here are some VERY off-the-cuff predictions and comments on the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season.

After a year of regression, injury, and a LOT of drama, a down year from Dwight Howard could remove him as a lock for the Hall of Fame…

Despite all of the moves to acquire veterans, the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks must put their differences aside, get along, and combine teams.  Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, and Tyson Chandler starting with Joe Johnson and Amar’e Stoudemire off the bench would be incredible.  Not too mention the luxury tax implications from having a $300 million dollar roster.  Seriously though, it’s still the only way they are over-taking the Miami Heat…

So the whole “going to win this with a lot of good not great players” is still the attitude in Indiana?

I am hopeful that instead of “center” or “power forward” the words “comedy relief” will be printed next to Oden and Beasley in the Miami Heat media guide…

It will be fun to watch post-game interviews for every game the Philadelphia 76ers win.  They will be so pissed (due to the orders to tank), but have to force a positive smile…

The Milwaukee Bucks finally disassembled their fringe playoff team and started over, building an team expected to compete as a fringe playoff team…

Training camp always breeds optimism.  Go Wizards!

Easy to see L.A. Lakers are way too dependent on a couple aging veterans and have glaring defensive holes.  The over/under on Kobe Bryant team blow-ups has to be around 25, right?

On the flip side the L.A. Clippers are looking to ignore their franchise curse and compete for a championship.  So, I’m just going to say it: How long until something tragic happens to Chris Paul?  Three weeks?

The Kings are staying in Sacramento and not moving to Seattle.  Still not sure how this is possible, but yeah Sacramento – you keep the team you used to like, but don’t really like anymore…

Russell Westbrook will miss the start of the season, putting a lot of pressure on teammate Kevin Durant.  After losing Harden last year, let’s keep a close eye on the frustration meter…

Despite everything going wrong this off-season in Laker land, the team still considers themselves a championship contender.  I disagree but am giving the Lakers an A+ for training camp optimism…

How long before Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban tries to sell a stake of his team on Shark Tank?

 

West Teams that are going to rock – Spurs, Clippers, Thunder

West Teams that are going to be horrible – Jazz, Suns, and Kings…

West Teams no one cares about – Timberwolves, Nuggets, Pelicans…

 

East Teams that are going to rock – Heat, Bulls, Pacers

East Teams that are going to be horrible – Bobcats, Magic, and 76ers…

East Teams no one cares about – Hawks, Raptors, Bucks…

 

Prediction 1: The Miami Heat struggle with injuries

Prediction 2: The Indiana Pacers beat Miami in the playoffs (2nd Round)

Prediction 3: The New York Knicks beat Indiana…Just Kidding

Prediction 4: Pacers vs. Clippers in Finals (Note: Imminent Paul tragedy is postponed 1 year)

Prediction 5: Lowest TV ratings ever

Prediction 6: Media focuses on Nets/Knicks merger that occurs the same time as the finals

Prediction 7: Nets/Knicks boast $400 million dollar team salary for 2014-15, still don’t win a championship…

 

 


The NBA Ramblings: First Round Thoughts and Predictions

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The NBA Ramblings: The Playoffs are Here!

Bold (and not so bold) First Round Playoff Thoughts and Predictions

We are finally here – the fucking playoffs! Maybe it was because the seeds (for the most part) have been set, but getting to the playoffs seemed to take FOREVER this year. Maybe we do need a lockout each year. Anyway, here are some thoughts and predictions for the first round.

LeBron James will average 24/8/8 without trying against the Milwaukee Bucks. If he tries he will average 65/19/33…

The Milwaukee Bucks will get swept in splendid fashion, lose Ellis and Redick, decide not to sign Jennings and be sold to Seattle for sixteen thousand dollars…

Deron Williams will be okay, but not awesome. Now that Jay-Z is parting ways, no one cares…

If the Pacers draw the Hawks they will dispose them in five games, if they end up facing the Bulls the series will go seven…

Kobe Bryant will come back if there is a game seven. EDIT: Kobe Bryant will NOT come back if there is a game seven…

Jeremy Lin will have one so/so game and revive “Linsanity” for exactly 48 hours (or until his next game)…

The L.A. Clippers will win a game by scoring all of their points off dunks. Chris Paul will have 47 assists…

Tim Duncan will remain out of the spotlight…

The Nuggets will beat the Warriors, but lose convincingly to the Spurs. Golden State fans will be okay with this and the organization will give George Karl a ten year extension. It really is the PERFECT place for him…

The Lakers will be swept by the Thunder in four games and will not return to the playoffs for the next five years…

Mid-round, David Stern will announce he is giving away the Charlotte Bobcats to the next lucky fan to hit a half-time half-court shot…