Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
As the year ends, there’s a temptation to look in the mirror.
You see yourself, you feel your self-worth and you don’t see your worth being valued with the right numbers.
There can be many reasons for this. Myopic or heartless management is often at the heart of it.
But, just to make you feel at least $ 1 better, here are 10 NBA players who are actually paid more than two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
For reference, he gets a mere $ 12.1 million a year. Yes, he’s the 74th highest-paid player in the NBA. Hey, money isn’t everything, right?
1. Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies. $ 22,116,750.
Who ever bought a ticket to see Chandler Parsons? But here he is being paid almost twice the measly amount tossed at perhaps the greatest shooter the NBA has ever seen.
2. Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder. $ 17,145,838.
Who has ever heard of Enes Kanter, beyond his native Turkey? Who has ever seen Enes Kanter irrevocably change a game? Not even Enes Kanter, I suspect.
3. Evan Turner, Portland Trail Blazers. $ 16,393,443.
He’s currently averaging 9.2 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds per game. Curry is averaging 24.7 points, 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.
4. Allen Crabbe, Portland Trail Blazers. $ 18,500,000.
Yes, more than $ 7 million more than Curry. There’s clearly money to be had in Portland. A lot of money. Even if you average 9.7 points per game, 1.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
5. John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks. $ 12,517,606.
Who? No, seriously. Who? Apparently, he’s been around for five years.
6. Tobias Harris, Detroit Pistons. $ 17,200,000.
Have you even heard of Tobias Harris? He played for Milwaukee and Orlando before Detroit. Yes, he’s a six-year veteran.
7. Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks. $ 15,730,338.
Bazemore used to cheerlead for Curry on the Warriors’ sideline. He averages just over 10 points a game. That’s up from his career average of 6.6.
8. Jeff Green, Orlando Magic. $ 15,000,000.
Another who doesn’t even average 10 points a game. Another who has bounced around the league, playing for Boston, Oklahoma City, Memphis and the LA Clippers. Another who isn’t worth some $ 2.5 million more than Curry.
9. Thaddeus Young. Indiana Pacers. $ 14,153,652.
At least he averages more than 10 points a game this year. Yes, 11.4. But that’s not quite his career average of 13.8. Oh.
10. J.R. Smith. Cleveland Cavaliers. $ 12,800,000.
In a game last month, Smith stopped to give Jason Terry a hug. Terry plays for Milwaukee. Smith walked off the court to hug him. The game was still going on. Milwaukee’s Tony Snell made an easy dunk. Enough said?