Top 10 Most Expensive Benchwarmers in the NBA
t’s no secret that NBA players earn an eye-watering amount of money, but with each team having 15 players, this means that a lot of time can be spent warming the bench.
With this in mind, a new study has revealed the most expensive benchwarmers in the NBA, and Chicago Bulls Patrick Williams features, earning $17,588 per minute of play.
OLBG have revealed the NBA’s most expensive benchwarmers by looking at the number of minutes each athlete played in the 2021/22 season against their annual salary to calculate who earned the most money for the least amount of time played.
|Rank||Player||Team||Salary||Minutes Played||Earnings per Minute|
|1||Markelle Fultz||Orlando Magic||$16.5m||360||$45,833|
|2||Brook Lopez||Milwaukee Bucks||$13.3m||298||$44,639|
|3||Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||$17.4m||423||$41,033|
|4||Klay Thompson||Golden State Warriors||$38.0m||941||$40,362|
|5||Derrick Rose||New York Knicks||$13.4m||636||$21,140|
|6||Udonis Haslem||Miami Heat||$1.7m||83||$20,111|
|7||Michael Porter Jr.||Denver Nuggets||$5.3m||265||$19,844|
|8||Thomas Bryant||Washington Wizards||$8.7m||439||$19,742|
|9||Ricky Rubio||Cleveland Cavaliers||$17.8m||970||$18,351|
|10||Patrick Williams||Chicago Bulls||$7.4m||422||$17,588|
The research revealed the following:
- Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz has been named the most expensive bench warmer in the study – after appearing in 18 games during the 2021-22 season, Fultz is estimated to have played an average of only 20 minutes per game.
- Brook Lopez’s back injury on the opening night of the 2021-22 season meant the player didn’t return to the squad until March 2022 following his operation – this break from play didn’t stop the basketballer earning $44,639 per minute on the court that season.
- Joe Harris’s 423 minutes were capped after a recurring ankle injury which saw his involvement in the season cut short – this has led to him taking rank as the 3rd most expensive bench warmer after earning $40,362 per minute of play.
You can view the full study here: https://www.olbg.com/us/blogs/earnings-on-the-bench