In a salary-cap sport such as the NBA, athletes are rarely paid their actual market values. Typically, the most effective groups are the ones who capitalize on that discrepancy.

Over the last 20 years, many league champions have actually built winners since of one particular team-friendly contract. Sometimes, a gamer accepted a pay cut. In others, a franchise signed a player to an extension, and after that he ended up being a superstar.

It holds true that neither case assurances group success. Steve Nash or Kemba Walker never won a championship on their deal offers, however they produced at an unbelievable level.

Team success and specific contributions factored in to these rankings. Gamers on rookie deals were ruled out; the list is focused on 2nd agreements and beyond.