Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 at 12:49 pm  |  16 responses

Team USA ‘Cheapest’ in History

The Wall Street Journal reports that Team USA might be cheaping out with its player selection. Most likely, though, the relatively low salaries are a byproduct of the high number of rookie contracts: “The U.S. is paring down its roster for the FIBA world basketball championships—which start this month—and the folks in charge have made it clear they’re focusing on more than just star power and high scoring averages. But come on, nobody said the team had to be cheap. The average 2009-10 NBA salary for the 15 players now on the roster is about $5.8 million, just 30% above the average annual salary of all NBA players. There’s never been a gap that small in the eight other major international events that featured NBA stars. The next-cheapest team was in 2002, when the average salary was 56% above the league average. That team came in sixth place.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    This is a little off topic but, what’s with those anorexic “World Basketball Festival” ads of Durant and Varejao…

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com CHI-TOWN SAID IT JOE


  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    varejao has a nike ad? yeahh!! good for my main man andy.. anyway durant doesnt get far from that ad.. jk..

  • http://bulls.com airs

    im struggling to find the relevance in this story.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol they got the folks who do those BYOB videos on youtube to draw Kevin Durant in these ads LOLOLOLOLO

  • Coney Islander

    @ Airs, You and me both! :/

  • JTaylor21

    Really the flop-star has a nike commercial, what is the world coming to?

  • total scrotal implosion


  • rich

    and useless stat of the year goes to….

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Dumb story. Most of these guys are on they’re on their rookie contracts. What’s the big deal? Whoever wrote the Wall Street Journal piece maybe doesn’t know the league. I dunno.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    JTaylor stop hating a-hole..

  • Nyak gala

    I never heard of any team being called cheap. Maybe the league is realizing they pay these people ridiculous amounts of money.

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    this isn’t team usa YET. when 2012 rolls around, that salary figure should be higher with KD, Rose et al maxed out.

  • Ronald

    Do players get any incentives from joining Team USA?

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    That’s whats going to happen when the entire Redeem Team opts not to play. Their contracts were probably the highest of any Team USA squad.

  • JD

    Team USA has fallen back into its old ways before Beijing i am pretty sure they will fail to win this year