JaVale McGee has always been stealing the headlines, but not always for the best reasons you can think about, as he first entered the league in 2008 as one of the most exciting prospects due to his athleticism, length and college career, but has had several laughable mental breakdowns throughout his NBA tenure.
Still, JaVale –the perennial Shaqtin A’Fool MVP- was instrumental and key in the Golden State Warriors’ last year’s title run on limited minutes, being very productive in both ends of the hardwood en route to his first ever NBA Championship.
Yeah, that’s right: JaVale McGee is an NBA Champion. Let it sink in. Furthermore, he’s making 2,116,955 million dollars this year, and even though that may not seem like a lot of money, its way more than what some better players are making.
Today, we’re going to let you know about 5 dope ballers that are making less money than JaVale McGee this season, believe it or not.
5. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - $1,674,078
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is such a low profile guy, but he’s one of the most versatile two-way players in the league right now, being able to play from the shooting guard spot to both forwards and even the center, although the lack of shooting stroke has hurt his improvement.
Still, RHJ manages to fill the stat sheet on a nightly basis for the sluggish Brooklyn Nets and considering he’s currently averaging 14.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists, it seems like he’s a major bargain with that ASAKJSKJK million dollar contract.
4. Tobias Harris - $1,600,000
The fact that Tobias Harris has always been seen as expendable still beats me, as he’s one of the best small forwards in the league and that’s one of the most shorthanded positions in professional basketball right now.
Harris is one of the Clippers’ newest additions, and they’re definitely going to enjoy having a guy that averages 18.1 points, 5.1 boards and 2.1 dimes at the low value of $1,600,000, leaving the door wide open for a major signing in the offseason.
3. Kyle Kuzma - $1,423,560
Obviously, considering how far Kyle Kuzma went in the NBA Draft, he’s not getting much money out of his rookie deal, but he’s already proven to be one of the biggest steals in the past few decades with his outstanding performances in purple and gold.
Having a lot of praise of former Lakers, even his coach stated that Kuzma has the kind of work ethic that resembles Kobe Bryant himself. So far, the rookie’s averaging 16.3 points to go along with 5.9 points and has looked quite solid in the offensive end of the floor as a stretch four.
2. Spencer Dinwiddie - $1,524,305
Spencer Dinwiddie has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, holding onto the starting point guard spot in Brooklyn due to the season-ending injury of Jeremy Lin following a D’Angelo Russell injury as well.
Dinwiddie always seems ready to make the right play and is extremely careful with the rock on his hands, recording 6.5 assists against just 1.6 turnovers per game, and it seems like he’s finally found his niche in the league after being left out in Detroit and the Bulls.
1. Nikola Jokic - $1,471,382
Coming as a 2nd round pick, Nikola Jokic has become perhaps the biggest bargain in the whole NBA, as the European big man has become a huge sensation and earned the right to be the Denver Nuggets’ starting center due to his great offensive contributions.
Jokic is one of the best passing big men the league has ever seen and has the handles and shooting stroke of a guard, although his defense is still a work in progress. Furthermore, being a walking triple-double threat and averaging 16.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists, the Nuggets have to be really happy with his salary.