An NBA player's salary has no impact on the everyday lives of fans, but that doesn't stop basketball enthusiasts from dissecting the value behind every contract in the league. After all, it can be fun to debate which players are (not) worth their current deals.
The Mavericks aren't strangers to having their contracts debated. While some of their deals might be a bit too generous on general manager Nico Harrison's part, others are absolute steals.
Here's a look at the Mavericks' three most underpaid players heading into the 2023-24 NBA season.
3 Mavericks Whose Contracts Are Steals
1. Seth Curry
The 2023-24 season sees Seth Curry beginning his third tenure with the Mavericks. The always-accurate shooter played 134 games over the 2016-17 and 2019-20 campaigns, averaging 12.6 points on .487/.439/.838 splits.
What makes Curry's return a total steal is the fact that he came back to Dallas on a two-year, $8 million deal. While other teams often overpay to land sharpshooters in an era where spacing is crucial, the Mavs inked one of the league's all-time three-point specialists at a low cost.
Even in the back half of his career, Curry is still reliable with the ball in his hands. In 61 games (seven starts) with the Brooklyn Nets last year, he averaged 9.2 points and 1.5 threes shooting. On top of that, his 3.8 threes per 36 minutes were his best mark since... his last season in Dallas (4.4).
The 32-year-old veteran isn't in his prime anymore, but his 40.5% three-point success rate was still better than the league average (36.1%), per Basketball Reference. Considering how Curry will get to share the floor at times with playmakers like Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, it's hard to imagine him falling off a cliff.
As long as he continues to shoot the ball better than the average NBAer, Curry's contract is a steal going forward.