It is a bittersweet compliment, an honor no NBA player truly wishes to earn in place of actual U.S. currency.
No one sets out to be the best bargain in basketball.
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• Heat’s Shane Battier ($3.14m this season): Ultimate glue player plays great D, hits the three.
• Heat’s Ray Allen ($3.09m): Some defensive issues, but still deadly (42.7 percent) from deep.
• Knicks’ J.R. Smith ($2.8m): Shot selection is scary, but can’t ignore 16.9 ppg off bench.
• Clippers’ Matt Barnes ($854,000): Playing heavy minutes – more than Caron Butler – for a contender.
• Nets’ Reggie Evans ($1.6m): Averaging 10.2 boards; earns less than 15% of what Kris Humphries does.