With not much NBA basketball to talk about due to the lockout, Bleacher Report’s Jesse Dorsey made a list of the Top 50 highest paid players in the NBA and discussed “Who’s Worth the Money and Who’s Not?”
The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker were on the list.
Here’s what he has to say about them.
23. Tim Duncan: $21.3 Million
Duncan is overpaid for what he is doing on the court, but for what he has done in the past he deserves it.
If I could have Duncan score 13 and get nine boards for $21 million or Al Horford score 15 and get closer to 10 boards for $12 million, I would probably still pick Duncan, but I would have to think about it.
Duncan still has the intangibles, plus he is the best leader in the NBA (I put him just above Steve Nash), something you can’t really put a dollar sign on.
39. Tony Parker: $12.5 Million
Tony Parker isn’t Chris Paul or Deron Williams, but he is a very fine point guard and he works perfectly in the system that the Spurs have him in.
Parker was the starting point guard for their three championship teams in the past decade.
45. Manu Ginobili: $12.981 Million
By far, Manu Ginobili is the most unique player to have played in my lifetime. Outwardly he looks to have no athletic ability; in fact, I would guess that he is an accountant or a lawyer before I would guess that he’s a basketball player.
Ginobili is the most important player on the Spurs right now and the reason the Spurs aren’t done yet.
Those are pretty kinds words for the Spurs’ “Big Three”.
And for a reason. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker has helped the Spurs win multiple NBA championships and is the main reason why the franchise has become perennial title contenders over the past decade.
Duncan is certainly the best leader in the NBA, Parker might not be the best point guard in the league but his style of play fits the Spurs perfectly and Ginobili is one the fiercest player to ever play the game and the team’s emotional leader.
What they have done for the franchise, the city of San Antonio and the fans can be considered priceless.
What do you guys think? Are the Spurs overpaying any of the Big Three? Or do they all deserve their money’s worth.