The Highest Paid Benchwarmers in the NBA

Jannero Pargo – $1,399,507

This 34-year-old journeyman point guard is with his 7th NBA team in addition to playing professional in Russia and Greece. Pargo has appeared in 19 games this season while averaging 8.7 minutes per game, and 5.3 points per game. The Charlotte Bobcats signed Pargo to a one-year, guaranteed deal in August 2013 for $1,399,507.


Joel Anthony – $3,800,000

Originally undrafted, Anthony signed a one-year contract with the Miami Heat in 2007 where he was a part of the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 championship teams. Anthony had appeared in just 12 games before being traded to the Boston Celtics as a part of a three-team trade on January 15, 2014. With Boston, he is averaging 4.8 minutes per game and 0.7 points per game for a salary of $3,800,000.


Keith Bogans – $5,058,198

The 33-year-old shooting guard/small forward has played for eight NBA teams in his 11 year career. Bogas was a part of the Boston Celtics blockbuster deal that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. Bogans is currently averaging 9.2 minutes per game and would earned an additional $5 million plus per year if signed for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 season.


Charlie Villanueva – $8,580,000

Villanueva was drafted 7th overall by the Toronto Raptors in 2005 and signed a five-year free agent deal with the Detroit Pistons in 2009 worth $37 million. Since then, his minutes, points and rebounds have decreased each year while his yearly salary has continued to rise. In addition to his salary, Villanueva can earn an extra $500,000 in incentives this season.

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Andris Biedrins – $9,000,000

Biedrins turned pro when he was just 16-years-old when he joined the Lativan team BK Skonto. The Golden State Warriors then drafted Biedrins 11th overall in 2004 and was signed to a six year, $54 million deal. His numbers steadily decreased after signing the deal and was averaging just 9.3 minutes and 0.5 points per game. The Warriors traded Biedrins to the Utah Jazz on July 5th, 2013 to clear cap space where he has only appeared in six games.


Written by ScoreBig’s Matt Hagopian

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