Here is some quick background info on the 2000 NBA season. 428 players in the NBA that season. The average contract was worth $4,015,132, with 87 players earning less than $1 million, 90 earned between $1-$2 million, 22 earned between $12-$13 million, and six players earned $19-$26 million. Everyone else fell into a different category. If you’d like to see the page, click here (and thanks to eskimo.com for that, that’s an awesome page). Keep in mind, I will be keeping off all players who hadn’t reached a second contract after their rookie contract. I’m sorry, even though Shawn Marion had a great year in 2000, he won’t be on any list.
With that being said, let’s dive into this!
Let’s start with the Top 10 Most Under-Paid players.
10. Kobe Bryant – Bryant averaged 28.5 points per-game, was an All-Star, 2nd Team All-NBA and Defensive teams, and helped the Los Angeles Lakers win a title. That’s pretty impressive, and he was only making $10,130,000 in the process. His Win Shares were a solid 11.3, coming out to an average of $896,460.17 per Win Share.
9. Allen Iverson – Iverson was the Most Valuable Player. He led the league in scoring average (31.1). But despite his amazing season, Iverson only had .5 more Win Shares than Bryant, finishing with 11.8 Win Shares on the same contract as Bryant ($10,130,000). We all know Iverson was worth more than $10.13 million to the city of Philadelphia, but he comes in at no. 9 at $858,474.58 per Win Share.
8. Jason Kidd – By this time, Kidd had established himself as one of the best point guards in the league. He averaged 16.9 points per-game and 9.8 assists per-game in 2000 and was a Western Conference All-Star. He led the Phoenix Suns to the playoffs, as well. He was on a favorable contract, making only $7,680,000 and finished with 9.6 Win Shares for a cool $800,000 per Win Share.
7. Ray Allen – Allen had a spectacular season for the Milwaukee Bucks. His 13.7 Win Shares were among the most of this group, as he averaged 22 points per-game and led the Bucks to the playoffs. He made $739,416.06 per Win Share.
6. Tim Duncan – Duncan was just coming into his own as a player by this time. He was an All-Star, averaged 22.2 points per-game, and helped the San Antonio Spurs win a league-high 58 games. He was sensational and his 13.2 Win Shares were the second-most on this list. He made $731,818.18 per Win Share.
5. Steve Nash – While Nash didn’t average the huge amounts of assists we’d see him average later in his career, he was still a stellar point guard. Nash averaged 15.6 points per-game and 7.3 assists per-game all while making $654,761.90 per Win Share.
4. Jerry Stackhouse – Stackhouse had his best season of his pro career in 2000. He averaged 29.8 points per-game and somehow he wasn’t named 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Team All-NBA. Granted, his team didn’t make the playoffs. Despite that, Stackhouse managed 9.2 Win Shares and made $577,173.91 per Win Share.
3. Marcus Camby – Camby had a lot of value as a player. His ability to rebound and defend is something that helped the New York Knicks achieve the lowest points-against average in the NBA. He averaged a double-double (12 points and 11.5 rebounds per-game) and scored 10.3 Win Shares for an average of $558,252.43 per Win Share.
2. Anthony Mason – You’re probably wondering what Anthony Mason is doing on this list, huh? Well, Mason had a fantastic season in 2000, and the contract he was on was worth every single penny the Miami Heat threw his way. Miami won 50 games and Mason was in the middle of all the action, even at 34-years-old. Mason averaged 16.1 points per-game and 9.6 rebounds per-game. He was even an All-Star, while making only $5,550,000 that season. He was responsible for 11.6 Win Shares, for a value of $478,448.28 per Win Share.
1. Darrell Armstrong – The hidden gem of this list. Armstrong had a fabulous 2000 season and was among the best point guards in the game. His numbers were solid (15.9 ppg and 7 apg) and his Win Shares were 8.7. He was only paid $3,100,000 that year, making him the Steal of the Year. His value was an astounding $356,321.84 per Win Share.