6 NBA Players We Once Thought Would Be Among the Highest Paid in the League

At one point or another, there were NBA players who looked like they would be stars one day, only to disappoint in their careers. These players were expected to be among the highest paid in the league, but never lived up to their potential or had their careers derailed for other reasons. Here are six of those NBA players that never reigned supreme with their salaries. 

6. Shaun Livingston

Skipping out on Duke to go straight to the NBA, Livingston, who was the fourth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, has never lived up to his full potential. The thought early on was that he could be a perennial All-Star. However, after some serious knee injuries, he turned out to be a nice role player, but nothing close to what his expectations were.

5. Jay Williams

There's no doubt that Williams had all the talent in the world. That's why the Bulls selected him with the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. Chicago thought they could build around him in the post-Jordan Era, but after a motorcycle accident and a plethora of personal problems, Williams never had a chance to earn the big bucks.

4. Rajon Rondo

At one point, Rondo was considered one of the best point guards in the NBA, averaging well into the double digits in assists. But attitude problems and issues with coaches have taken a toll on Rondo's reputation, and no team would ever sign him for big money because of that baggage.

3. Kwame Brown

Jumping straight from high school to the pros, Brown was selected number one overall by the Washington Wizards, and was projected to be a future star. But the Wizards team was a bit of a mess at the time, and Brown suffered mightily from it. He stayed in the league for a long time, but was never more than a decent center at best.

2. Greg Oden

Considered one of the biggest NBA busts of all time, Oden never earned a chance to land a big contract. He had all the physical attributes that scouts drooled over, but his poor basketball acumen, along with constant injuries, derailed Oden's career. That first overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers will always live in infamy, especially since he was selected over Kevin Durant. 

1. Derrick Rose

A former league MVP, Rose's career was killed by injury. Before that, anyone was able to see the talent that Rose possessed, and there was no doubt he would have been a superstar in the NBA. But the injuries piled up for him in addition to off-court issues, and the money that was once a no-brainer never got into Rose's pockets.