NBA contracts continue to reach unparalleled levels, something the Golden State Warriors know all too well given their repeated luxury-tax situation over the past few years.
Four players in the league signed extensions in excess of $200 million this offseason, headed by Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown who became the first player in NBA history to sign a $300+ million contract.
Former Golden State Warriors wing Stephen Jackson has blasted Otto Porter Jr. for his lack of productivity since signing a big contract in Washington.
Discussing expectations for Brown in the wake of his record-breaking contract, Stephen Jackson had another former Warrior in his sights when criticizing production following a big contract.
"“It’s hard to set expectations when you’ve got so many players that got good money that ain’t do s**t! Otto Porter, where he at? He got 100 in Washington and we haven’t seen him since, Jackson said on the ‘Certified Smoke’ show."
Jackson, a member of Golden State between 2007 and 2009, has a point aside from one season when Porter was a crucial member of the Warriors’ 2022 championship-winning roster.
After signing his four-year, $106.5 million contract in 2017, Porter played 77 and 56 games in the following two seasons. Injuries would haunt him across the final two years of the contract though, limiting him to a total of just 42 games.
The former third overall pick would sign a veteran minimum deal with Golden State in the 2021 offseason, ultimately appearing in 63 regular season games and a further 19 in the playoffs. That included starting in the final three games of the 2022 NBA Finals where he helped the Warriors overcome a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics in six games.
Criticizing Porter for his lack of production across the $100 million contract is absolutely fair, but to state “we haven’t seen him since” is off the mark given he played an integral role in an NBA championship. The 30-year-old was again limited to just eight games in his first season with the Toronto Raptors in 2022-23.