Andris Biedrins, C, Warriors: Clinched his spot here almost a year ago, when Golden State inexplicably used its amnesty clause on Charlie Bell’s $4.1 million expiring contract and kept Biedrins’ three years and $27 million. He wouldn’t even be playing if Andrew Bogut were healthy, and his 0.5 points and 3.0 rebounds makes rookie Festus Ezeli look like Wilt Chamberlain. While somewhat entertaining, his adventurous free-throw shooting is not worth
Lamar Odom, F, LA Clippers: He appears to be fulfilling Bill Simmons’ prediction that he will be out of the NBA by season’s end, which will mean he went from Sixth Man Award winner to Sixteenth Man Award winner in less than two years. He is raking in a cool $8.2 million for his 1.5 points on 21 percent shooting. A ridiculous salary for a minimal contribution makes him a perfect addition to the Kardashian family.
Luke Walton, F, Cavaliers: He actually played 21 minutes in the first three games, which prevented him from an unofficial claim to the top spot on this squad. He has two points and two rebounds and has truly needed a postgame shower once since Nov. 3. Over the last three full seasons, he has averaged $73,395 per point ($15.78 million, 215 points). The best thing that can be said about his $6.1 million salary is that it expires in June.
Charlie Villanueva, F, Pistons: Maybe Lawrence Frank was just being nice, allowing him to play in New York, his hometown. Or maybe a leak in our corporate office that let Villanueva know our column idea. Before his 17 points in 19 minutes of virtual garbage time, he had three points on 1-of-10 shooting and 11 DNPs. He’s only making $8.06 million this season – and $8.58 million next season.
Drew Gooden, F, Bucks: Ilyasova looks like a stat machine compared to his teammate, who is the Daniel Simpson Day of the NBA. Gooden has fallen off the cliff; after averaging 13.7 points last season – the second-highest mark of his career – his games active this season match his uniform number, which is a big, fat zero. Gooden is making $6.68 million this season. And next season. And the season after that. Amnesty, anyone?
TRIVIA: Who is the highest-paid active player yet to make an All-Star Game? Answer below.