The 25 most expensive NBA players per minute
By WILL LAWS
Most casual NBA fans can list off the players who command the highest salaries. But how many people know which guys are paid the most for every minute they spend on the floor?
PointAfter set out to determine just that. While lengthy absences are always magnified when the athlete in question is a highly-paid star (ahem, Blake Griffin), teams can also waste plenty of payroll space on lesser-known players who barely receive any court time while earning seven-digit yearly paychecks. The types of players highlighted in this article range from pricy veterans to underused journeymen, and even includes a first-round pick from the 2015 NBA Draft.
Four of the league's 25 highest-paid players make this list, which features per-minute salaries of at least $13,000 and one guy who's raked in more than $75,000 for every minute on the hardwood this season.
To rule out the dozens of minimum-salary players who only receive a handful of minutes over the season, PointAfter set minimums of 10 games and 100 minutes played for the 2015-16 season. Though some of the players on this list will accumulate enough playing time after the All-Star break to escape the top 25, many per-minute salaries are set in stone due to season-ending injuries or mere ineffectiveness.
Notes: 2015-16 salary figures are courtesy of Basketball Reference. All statistics are updated through games on Feb. 10.
#25. Derrick Rose
Salary per minute: $77,564
2015-16 Salary: $12,100,000
Once an underrated force in the post for the Timberwolves, Nikola Pekovic has been derailed by injuries to his ankle and Achilles tendon over the past two years. When Pekovic has stepped onto the court in 2015-16, it's been clear those maladies have taken a toll on his 300-pound frame.
Pekovic has made just 38 percent of his shots this season, a pitiful showing for a center. Even though he's signed through 2018, the 30-year-old will find minutes hard to come by with Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng and Kevin Garnett all vying for time in Minnesota's frontcourt.
A trade to another team looking for frontcourt depth is probably the best option for all parties involved. Until some sort of transaction occurs, Pekovic will likely hold onto the title of the NBA's most expensive player per minute in 2015-16.