2. DeMar DeRozan ($28.6 million)
It might seem ridiculous to call a player being paid nearly $30 million a year underpaid, but with the big money being tossed around these days, signing DeMar DeRozan has proven to be an extremely good deal for the Bulls. Any team in the league would be happy to shell out that price tag if they knew they were going to get an All-NBA caliber player in return.
Since joining the Bulls, DeRozan has played arguably the best basketball of his entire career. Despite already having a dozen seasons of experience under his belt, DeMar has turned it up to average 26.4 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game over the last two years.
DeMar DeRozan provides star-level production for the Bulls on a discount.
His play has even earned him two All-Star selections with Chicago and even an All-NBA Second Team nomination, making him just the fifth Bulls player to be named to an All-NBA Team this century. Considering this, DeMar has to be considered one of the league’s most elite talents, whether the media wants to give him credit for that or not.
Although he may be one of the NBA’s best players, DeMar isn’t paid like he’s one. Despite being a top-30 player (at worst), he’s only the 46th-highest-paid player. Many of the players below him are due massive extensions once their rookie deals expire, so DeRozan will soon fall out of the top 50 before we know it. To us, $28.6 million is a life-changing amount of money. To the Bulls, however, $28.6 million is a bargain for a talent such as DeMar.