Nene is overpaid

by The Cavalier on July 3, 2006 · 12 comments

nene.pngThe Nuggets weren’t finished after giving Melo his inevitable max contract extension, as they spent the weekend giving a six-year, $60M deal to bench player Nene.

Yeah, if Angry Kenyon Martin gets traded as assumed, then Nene is the starting power forward, albeit one that’s coming off ACL surgery. Apparently that’s not a big deal anymore now that we have microfracture surgeries.

Nene last season played only 3 minutes after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in the Nov. 1 opener against the San Antonio Spurs and missing the rest of the season. [Nuggets coach George] Karl said the Nuggets would “have a party” if Nene can play 2,000 minutes next season.

“He’s particularly grateful to Stan Kroenke. He stood by him after his injury,” [Nene agent Dan] Fegan said of Nene, who has averaged 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in four seasons.

We’re betting George’s Nene party doesn’t happen, although it’s going to have nothing to do with injuries. No, it’ll have everything to do with Nene not being very good.

Nene is one of those guys who was supposed to develop into a powerhouse big man – he’s the type that people are always hyping up his potential, even after four years and four average seasons. (Yes, we count last year’s 3-minute showcase, simply to make our point sound better.)

He is what he is – an average big man off the bench, and now he’s being paid like an upper echelon starter. Says a lot about the state of the big man in today’s NBA, eh? (See: Dampier, Erick and Foyle, Adonal and Chandler, Tyson and Dalembert, Samuel and soon to be Gooden, Drew unfortunately.)

What do we really care though, right? So Denver brings back the exact same team as last year – the one that struggled through the regular season and got embarrassed in the NBA PLAYOFFS. NBA PLAYOFFS in big letters for DRAMATIC TENSION.

(Seriously – are ACL’s not a big deal anymore? We’re not a doctor after that incident in late 03, so we haven’t kept up on such things.)


1 Flyer July 3, 2006 at 10:56 am

El Nuggets? Brazilians speak Portuguese not Spanish.

2 Brandon Dean Price July 3, 2006 at 11:33 am

Yea, it should be El Nuggetos

3 Ben Cox July 3, 2006 at 11:38 am

If Nene is worth 60 million over 6 years, how much is Drew Gooden worth?

Please Danny Ferry, don’t sign Gooden to a contract like this…

4 The Cavalier July 3, 2006 at 11:45 am

It should be “Los Rockitas Consuela”, actually.

5 Boney24 July 3, 2006 at 1:13 pm

I have a question that’s been bothering me for a while…Has a pro athlete ever picked a team to play for that offers better benefits? You know like Dental, Medical and 401K?

I know they don’t need 401k, but everyone should lineup a good retirement plan…

6 Howie aka Hype July 3, 2006 at 1:29 pm

Damn, 60 mil for some dude that’s been more hyped over than actual playing time. I don’t get it, maybe the team felt bad for Brazil’s soccer team loss and thought this was their gift of appreciation.. or not.

You saw this at celticsblog? The fotoshop there was pretty nice and detailed.

7 Eric Stratton July 3, 2006 at 2:46 pm

The average starting interior player in the NBA makes $7.3 million per year. Nene will be in that range this year, and yet you stated he would be paid like an upper echelon starter.

He was the best player in Nuggets camp last fall before going down in the first game. He is still only 23 years old, 6-11 265, strong, quick, can score on the block.

8 jans July 3, 2006 at 4:34 pm

Nene, just recieved the gift of his life with that contract. Still….he has been furiously rehabilitating and I expect to see him develope into a monster. He is not your average Big. he’s tough as nails, can run the break and bang with whoever. Only obstacle is health, not desire.

9 Boney24 July 3, 2006 at 10:23 pm


You actually have skipped over 2 “big men” that have been probably the most overpaid in the history of the NBA.

Jim McIlvaine and Calvin Booth…2 former Bullets (aka Wizards)…

10 Justinian November 29, 2006 at 8:26 am

It’s as broad as it’s long… Justinian

11 Justinian November 29, 2006 at 8:26 am

It’s as broad as it’s long… Justinian

12 freemusicdownloads December 22, 2007 at 1:39 am

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