Jerome James, New York Knicks
Jerome James never averaged more than six points per game in a season, but averaged 12.5 points per game for the Seattle SuperSonics in 2004-2005. Most teams would want to see that kind of production across a larger sample size before awarding a player a huge contract, but most teams aren’t owned by James Dolan.
The Knicks gave Jerome James a massive contract (5-years, $30 million) and he repaid them by averaging no more than three points per game in his four seasons in New York. Needless to say, James did not earn another NBA contract after his time in the Big Apple.