The Unforgotten: #526 – Jon Koncak

By November 15, 2011June 18th, 2018No Comments

Jon Koncak comes in at #526 on the All Time best NBA players list. The best thing about Jon Koncak is that his nickname was “Jon Contract”. Despite being a below average scorer (he only scored more than 5.7 ppg once in his career) and known mainly for his defense while coming off the bench, the Hawks thought that it would be a great idea to sign him to a huge contract. In 89′ he inked a 6 year – $13 million deal that had him earning almost as much as Michael Jordan ($2.5 mill), Magic Johnson ($3 mill), and Larry Bird ($2.7 mill). Yes, a lanky white guy that comes off the bench for some “tough minutes” making as much as three of the best players ever makes total sense. It has to be assumed that Isiah Thomas learned his GM skills from the Hawks management team from this era.  Because of this deal the Hawks were royally screwed when it came to signing free agents for years to come. Thus the nickname “Jon Contract” was born. Without Jon Koncak’s monster deal that screwed the Hawks we’d likely never have heard the term “…and Theo Ratliff’s expiring contract”.


Rob Cressy

Rob Cressy

Sports loving free throw specialist and yinzer living in Chicago who is awesome most of the time, has run with the bulls in Spain, and is a graduate of Second City's Improv program.