Some players in the NBA earn much less than what they are actually worth. They produce much more than they were initially expected and that’s why they are considered as underpaid. Let’s break down the list of the top 10 players in this category.
No.1: Chandler Parsons
For many people around the league, Chandler Parsons is an All-Star caliber player. The truth is that he is performing like an All-Star and he is gradually emerging as the major third wheel of the Houston Rockets, alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden. He is averaging 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 51.9 shooting from the field this season while he has a ridiculously low salary, just $926,500.
No.2: Lance Stephenson
Stephenson is another young and emerging player who is currently underpaid. His $981,349 earnings for this season is just too low for what he is providing to the team. He is putting up 13.5 points, 5.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds up to now and he has also earned his spot and his minutes in the Indiana Pacers’ rotation.
No.3: Isaiah Thomas
Thomas just saw his role and his minutes with the Sacramento Kings being upgraded. After the Kings acquired Rudy Gay, he is now assigned with the starting point guard role and he responded with the best way possible. He is averaging 19.2 points and 6.1 assists while he will earn just $884,293 this season.
No.4: Stephen Curry
Curry is a superstar. Those who don’t recognize this are just not seeing the reality as it is. And despite his dominant performances and the fact that he is one of the best shooters currently active in the league, his earnings are not equivalent. He is in the books for $9.9 million.
No.5: Andray Blatche
For a big man who is averaging 11.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 45.8 shooting from the floor in just 23 minutes, $1.4 million is just not enough. Blatche is clearly underpaid.
No.6: Ray Allen
Ray Allen is aging. However, he still is a lethal shooter, arguably the most specialized, and the best sharpshooter from long distance in the NBA. Plus, he saved the season for the Miami Heat in 2013. He earns $3.2 million per season, which is certainly lower than his actual value.
No.7: Kevin Martin
Martin was expected to be very productive this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and he is playing even better than initially expected. He is putting up 19.9 points and 3.4 boards per game while shooting 40 percent from downtown. His salary is $6.5 million.
No.8: Jamal Crawford
The former Sixth Man of the Year will earn $5.3 million this season which is much lower than his actual value. Crawford is the third best player of the Los Angeles Clippers and could easily earn twice the money he currently earns with another team.
No.9: Darren Collison
Collison is in the books for $1.9 million this season but he is clearly a player who could earn multiple times what he currently does. He could also be a starter for about half of the teams around the league.
No.10: DeJuan Blair
Blair has a tiny contract worth $884,293 with the Dallas Mavericks but he has actually found success up to now with his new team. 8.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 55.3 percent from the floor in 20.4 minutes per game is his output, which can be considered as more than enough for his salary.