Most Overpaid & Underpaid Sacramento Kings

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The Sacramento Kings spent $117 million on their roster last season. Which players ended up being the most under and overpaid?

Whenever the proper NBA offseason is to take place, there will be changes up and down the Sacramento Kings’ roster. There will be new names on the payroll with new contracts, and there will likely be extensions given to guys already on the team.

The Kings dished out more than $117 million for their roster this past season, and are currently on the books for $96 million next year, though that number is sure to change. So which players on Sacramento’s payroll are the most overpaid? What about the most underpaid?


Richaun Holmes

The most obviously underpaid player is Richaun Holmes. When he signed his two-year, $10 million deal last summer, it seemed like a fair agreement for both sides. Based on the impact that Holmes had on the team during the early part of the 2019-’20 season, it seems as though the Kings got him for a bargain.

His numbers went on a steep uptick due to his increased playing time, which he earned by being the lone consistent option among the Sacramento big men. He was averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game before sustaining an injury that essentially ended his season.

The Kings will enjoy the affordable services of Holmes during the next NBA season, but will likely have trouble retaining him once he becomes a free agent in 2021.

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Nemanja Bjelica

Nemanja Bjelica is considered by some to be one of the better bargains in the entire league. He infamously spurned the 76ers to come to a deal with the Kings in 2018, signing a three-year, $20.5 million contract.

He may not put up the most gaudy statistics, but he is a valuable component to the Kings, and would be for any team. His ability to make it rain from well beyond the three-point arc has been on full display this season, and he is a sneaky good rebounder, averaging 6.4 per game. His 12 points per are a career high.

He is also responsible for what will likely end up as the signature moment of the season for the Kings with his last second buzzer-beating bomb in Houston.