AFRICANGLOBE – It takes a team of talent to make it to the NBA Finals. Michael Jordan never made it, until the Chicago Bulls got better role players around him. LeBron James left Cleveland in search of it. He found it in Miami and is now trying to do the same in Cleveland, by building a new “Big Three,” with Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving.
Finding a “Big Three” is a strategy that many teams are trying to adhere to in the modern NBA: find three superstars and then fill in the rest of the roster with the best guys available for the least amount of money.
However, not every superstar is willing to do it, since it means they may not be getting a max deal. They’ll be getting paid, just not the maximum amount possible. Even then, if the three are not the right three, the team will still suck.
So – what does this mean? It means there are some very good players out there making a lot of money who have not made it to the NBA Finals yet. Tops on the list would be New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who signed a five-year, $145 million extension during the off-season, but since his money is new money, he will be excluded from this list.
Here are the top 10 highest-paid NBA players who have yet to make it to the NBA Finals:
Paul Millsap (Atlanta Hawks; $20,072,033/season): During his rookie season with the Utah Jazz he made it to the conference finals only to lose to the San Antonio Spurs. He made it back to the conference finals last season with the Atlanta Hawks only to be swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.