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Tips For Betting On The NBA – The Highest-Paid Player On Each NBA Team

Posted by Craig Parsons on 10/29/2012 7:01:09 PM

When people in the online sports betting legal realm make predictions and assessments in any sport, not just NBA basketball, they often talk about value – what makes a pick a good one or a bad one, and what makes one team better than the other. It's not just about players themselves, but how well they fit into teams and how much they improve their teammates. Fitting into the collective whole is what matters for NBA players – the ones that elevate their teams to the next level are the ones that deserve to make a ton of money in the high-stakes basketball clashes that can legitimately be referred to as hardwood versions of poker games on weeknights.

Even people interested in football betting more than basketball betting should find it important to assess which players are stealing money, and which players are earning it. Sports fans have a shared interest in seeing human beings make what they deserve – not more and not less. Here's a survey of some of the NBA's highest-paid players by team:
It's quite surprising that Anderson Varejao is the highest-paid player on the Cleveland Cavaliers… no, not because he isn't good and not because the Cavs' roster has been gutted in recent years, but because Varejao is a role player. There is no meaningful sense or framework in which Varejao is a star player. He doesn't even begin to belong in that kind of a discussion. Point guard Kyrie Irving is a star in the making, and the Cavaliers are trying to assemble a younger and more durable roster. Yes, Varejao is making the money he makes because of his seniority, but longevity is supposed to have its limits. You can only command so many dollars for so long.

The fact that Monta Ellis is the highest-paid player on the Milwaukee Bucks is not too surprising. The list of 20-points-per-game scorers in the league is a relatively small one, and Ellis is part of it. Brandon Jennings is a solid point guard, but with big man Andrew Bogut having been dealt to Golden State in exchange for Ellis, it's natural that Ellis would now command the highest salary in Milwaukee.

The fact that Hedo Turkoglu is the highest-paid member of the Orlando Magic is the product of the departure of Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Jameer Nelson is a much better player than Turkoglu, an aging role player who does not post up very much and is a long-distance shooting specialist at this point in his career. Turkoglu's massive salary is just one indication of the extent to which the Orlando franchise is in disarray.

Josh Smith is the highest-paid Atlanta Hawk only because Joe Johnson – a stealer of money – is now getting paid a ridiculous amount of dollars in Brooklyn with the Nets. Smith and Johnson are both examples of players whose athleticism has not translated into results. They are severely overpaid and overvalued within the market.

Kevin Love should be the highest-paid player on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love is not a superstar in the making. He is a superstar right now. He simply has no help in Minneapolis.


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