This year’s regular season was one of the closest and most exciting we’ve seen in ages, with both Conferences being a huge dogfight until the very last day of the season to try and win a playoff spot.
With the league’s new CBA and the cap space raising a lot over the last couple of seasons, players tend to be quite overpaid, with franchises not always getting their value in return after handing a lot of cash to some guys.
On the other hand, there have always been players that wind up being huge bargains, like Steph Curry was for the Dubs before signing that major extension. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 10 most valuable contracts of the 2017-18 season.
Honorable Mention: Montrezl Harrell
Montrezl Harrell kind of stalled and didn’t develop as a two-way hustler as we all expected him to be, but even though, having him on board for just $1.471.382 on a rebuilding process in need for young assets has to be great.
Harrell has proven that he can bring a lot of effort in both ends of the hardwood and be a dominant rebounder and efficient scorer, although consistency and lack of playing time have really hurt his growth. Over the season, he put averages of 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist per game.
10. Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie has a hell of a surprise all season long, stepping up when the Brooklyn Nets needed him as they lost Jeremy Lin for the season and D’Angelo Russell for most of the campaign as well.
Dinwiddie was great taking care of the ball and setting his teammates up on favorable positions, posting season averages of 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 0.9 steals and just 1.6 turnovers per game. Even though the Nets didn’t have much to brag about this season, they found a very productive role player for just $1.524.305 a year.
9. Julius Randle
The Los Angeles Lakers power forward was supposed to be one of the first players traded away as we headed towards the trade deadline, but considering how much he improved over the course of the season, Los Angeles would be smart to try and find a way to keep him.
Randle put up a lot of hustle and effort in both ends of the hardwood, posting averages of 16.1 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. That’s definitely going to grant him a lot of money going forward after he earned just $4.149.242 this season.
8. Josh Richardson
The versatile guard/forward from the Miami Heat kept surging as one of the best defensive players in the league, and he’s looking more and more like a huge bargain after the team had to pay him just $1.471.382 this season, as he’s still on his rookie deal after being drafted in the 2nd round.
Richardson stated that he wants to lead the league in blocks one day and even though he’s pretty far from that, his season averages of 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 dimes. 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game are definitely a big reason why the Heat’s gritty defense found his way to the postseason.
7. Terry Rozier
Terry Rozier really stepped up this season when the Celtics needed him the most, especially towards the end of the season when both Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart fell down with injuries and he had to take the reins of the offense as the team’s primary playmaker.
Rozier proved that he’s a very reliable scoring point guard and yet another example of Danny Ainge’s great scouting, and for just $1.988.520, he’s a major bargain, putting season averages of 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1 steal per game.
6. Dario Saric
Dario Saric was supposed to regress a lot this year with Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Joel Embiid taking away a lot of touches away from him, but he proved that he’s the real deal and that he’s a hell of a team player.
Saric can play both forward spots, rebound, shoot from distance, find the open guy and play solid defense, posting season averages of 14.6 points, 2.6 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game despite earning just $2.422.560.
5. Clint Capela
Clint Capela earned the right to sign a very lucrative deal this upcoming campaign for sure after just making $2.233.520 this year, surging as the Houston Rockets defensive anchor down low and even leading the league in field goal percentage as a true offensive factor.
The young big man put averages of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks on a league-leading 65% from the floor, working as a DeAndre Jordan-like player next to Chris Paul while also being James Harden favorite target on pick and roll sets, and he’s quietly become one of the league’s best defensive centers this year.
4. Donovan Mitchell
The standout rookie made just $2.621.280 during his first campaign in the NBA, being drafted almost at the end of the lottery and proving to be by far the greatest still the Draft has seen over the last couple of campaigns.
Mitchell is a scoring machine that’s set to dominate the league for years, and even though he may not end up winning the Rookie of the Year award, his averages of 20.5 points, 3.7 dimes, 3.7 boards, 2.4 triples and 1.5 steals per game were quite impressive all year long.
3. Ben Simmons
The sensational rookie really lived up to the expectations and proved that he’s that kind of one on a lifetime talent that’s going to dominate the league for ages, something not likely to be found for just $6.168.840 this season.
Simmons put up averages of 15.8 points,8.1 rebounds, 8.2 dimes, 1.7 steals and 0.9 swats per game, and proved that he’s already a dominant scorer despite being a terrible shooter, being a much better defender than everybody expected, and he has a legit shot to be the all-time leader in triple-doubles if he manages to stay healthy.
2. Karl-Anthony Towns
Are you kidding me? Having a player that’s able to average 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per game for just $6.216.840 over a full season has to be considered a great deal in the whole NBA, especially considering how much he contributed to end the Minnesota Timberwolves long playoff drought.
Towns is one of the league’s surging star and even led the league in double-doubles. Although his defense still needs to improve a lot, he’s established himself as a solid rim protector as well as being a scoring and rebounding machine.
1. Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic is by far this year’s biggest bargain as he earned just $1.471.382 over this season, still being on his rookie deal and showing glimpses of greatness this season as the best passing big man the league has seen since Arvydas Sabonis.
Jokic still needs to improve a lot on the defensive end of the hardwood, but he’s still quite young, and his season averages of 18.5 points, 10.7 boards, 6.1 dimes and 1.5 threes are quite impressive for a guy his height, so the Nuggets have to be thrilled with what they’ve gotten out of him so far.