5. Eric Gordon
New Orleans Pelicans
2014-15 Salary: 14,898,938
There is one word that can be used to describe Eric Gordon's performance after he was given a large contract with the expectations he was supposed to be the New Orleans Pelicans leader. Disappointing. He has not played in over 65 games in any of the seasons after earning that contract and when he has been healthy his play has been atrocious. In seasons where he has played at least 16 games, he has not averaged over 17 points and for a player who's only real strength is scoring, he should be putting up a lot more points to deserve that contract. Eric Gordon is still only 25 years old and still has a chance to justify that contract.
What his salary should be: 7,000,000
4. Tyson Chandler
2014-15 Salary: 14,846,000
Tyson Chandler is no longer at the skill level he was at when he earned that contract. He was coming off a quietly amazing season in which he was awarded that contract. He averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 1.5 blocks while shooting 67.9% from the field. He is far past his prime and has lost all offensive value to a team, plus he has never played a full 82 game season and only 4 times in his 13 year career he has play 75 or more of his teams games. Tyson Chandler is on his was out on the league and his big contract is the only remnant left of his former self.
What his salary should be: 6,500,000
3. Deron Williams
Deron Williams is a former all-star who deserved this lucrative contract, but constant nagging injuries have turned him into a player who looks way past his prime despite only being 30. Despite earning more than Kevin Durant last year their production was nowhere near similar.
What his salary should be: 8,000,000
2. Amar'e Stoudemire
New York Knicks
2014-15 Salary: 23,410,988
What his salary should be: 6,750,000
1. Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers
2014-15 salary: 23,500,000
Don't get me wrong, Kobe will always be an all-time great, but at this stage in his career, his reward for only managing to play in 6 games should not be an giant extension worth 48.5 million over 2 years. The Lakers have officially closed any opportunity of landing a star after that extension. In my opinion, this will hurt Kobe's legacy and paint him as a person who wanted money over winning and success. Kobe should follow the lead of stars like Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan and take a smaller contract to help their team win!
What his salary should be: 12,500,000
All statistics and contract info are courtesy of ESPN.com