Thursday, February 16, 2012

The most valuable NBA players based on contract

During our recording of NBA Unplugged, the Texas Triangle addition, Brian Geltzeiler mentioned that Kyle Lowry is the best value in the NBA.  What he means by that is he gives his team the most bang for their buck, outside of the Rookie contracts.  This got me thinking, who are some other bargains in the NBA? Well I did some research while watching the Celtics and Bulls on TNT (oh, I did the recap for CelticsLife).  I wish there was a way to prove if I am right or wrong, too bad there are no odds for NBA basketball contracts.  If you could somehow invest in those contracts, I guess they have this in fantasty basketball that uses salaries where multiple players can by the same player. Anyways here is my list:

Kyle Lowry HOU $5.75 million
14.8 points, 7.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 40.4% fg, 34.8 minutes, +19.39 EFF

Without a doubt the best steal of the NBA.  $87,121 per game for these kinds of numbers is insane.  Lowry also does a lot of things that don’t show up in traditional box scores, one of the main reasons Daryl Morey coveted this young talent and made sure he sticks around for a while.  Although I assume Lowry will want some more money soon.

Rajon Rondo BOS $11 million
15.2 points, 9.6 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 49.8% fg, 37 minutes, +19.65 EFF

Rajon is the fourth highest paid player on his team but the most efficient and effective.  His contract is not a huge bargain but when compared to the other point guards in the league, he ranks 7th or 8th.  His contract also allows the Celtics to bring in another Max deal after this season with only Pierce, Rondo and some rookies on the books.  I know you are wondering, where is his price per game, $166,666.67.

Louis Williams PHI $5.1 million
16.1 points, 3.8 assists, 2.2 rebounds, .7 steals, 42% fg, 26 minutes, +13.63 EFF

Journey men typically don’t earn a lot in a single season, hence the name journey man. Louis Williams is the type of player if he was paid more, people would think he is overrated, but for this column, he is a bargain for the 2011-2012 76ers.  Only $5.1 million (or $77,272 per game) for the team’s leading scorer is remarkable.  Even more impressive is the fact that he is doing it on a winning team.

Paul Millsap UTH $8.1 million
15.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steaks, .8 blocks 50.6 % fg, 30.9 minutes, +20.75 EFF

Millsap continues to improve each season, especially since the departure of Carlos Boozer.  Paul, when given the chance, always puts up great numbers.  Don’t you remember Mr. 11 points in 28 seconds (  Millsap is still only 27 years old and will be in his prime for the next couple of years with a favorable contract to whoever holds the $122,727 game day paycheck.  Now if Utah could get Devin Harris to be worth his.

Marcin Gortat PHX $6.8 million
15.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, .7 steals, 55.1% fg, 32.8 minutes, +20.67 EFF

The Polish Hammer has been released in Phoenix, finally getting the starting nod he deserves.  Not only has he been a fierce defensive player, Marcin has come into his own offensively, averaging a double-double.  $103,030 per game is exactly the kind of expense that Robert Sarver likes.

Anderson Varejao CLE $7.7 million
10.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1,4 steals, .7 blocks, 51.4% fg, 31.4 minutes, +19.16 EFF

The All Star hopeful took a set back getting injuried.  He even had Lebron James and Dwyane Wade holding signs while waving at traffic pass by on the corner of 11th and Ocean Drive.  Varejao has always been an overachiever but this has been one of his best seasons.  Any team would love to have this guy on their team at that salary with his effort.  The only bad thing about Anderson (that is not really bad, it’s awesome) is that he looks like Sideshow Bob, who was an evil man. Game salary is $116,666.67.

Gerald Wallace POR $9.5 million
14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 49.8% fg, 35.9 minutes, +17.21 EFF

Gerald Wallace has always been the NBA’s best-kept secret by playing in small markets such as Charlotte and Portland. A player who has been able to fill the stat sheet in his prime, Wallace still has a lot to offer in the last couple of years in his contract.  Finding the perfect fit in Portland, Gerald can finally relax and play a game more his style while earning $143,939 per game.

Jarrett Jack NOK $5 million
15.2 points, 6.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds, .8 steals, 43.6% fg, 35.7 minutes, +16.36 EFF

One of the strangest stories in the league is the Jarrett Jack story.  He always seems to put up good numbers but on bad teams.  You never heard a bad word from teammates or coaches but for some reason the media writes stories otherwise.  Jarrett will never be an all star point guard but he can be very serviceable to a roster whose money is spend at other positions, like the Miami Heat.  His $75,757 game day paycheck is one of the easiest ones to sign.

Mike Conley MEM $6.6 million
13 points, 6.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 42.5% fg, 35.4 minutes, +15.93 EFF

How Conley went from bust to star is beyond me.  I guess it was a fabrication of the NBA media world where overreaction is often the first reaction.  Mike Conley Jr came into a zone last season, being one of the many reasons for the improvement of the Memphis Grizzlies.  Finally putting up stats and running the offense has helped the Grizzlies immensely.  His flat $100,000 dollar game day paycheck is very appealing.

Andrea Bargnani TOR $9.25 million
23.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, .7 blocks, 47.6% fg, 36.1 minutes, +20.62 EFF

It only costs $5,963 dollars per point for Andrea Bargnani, which is actually one of the best bargains in the league.  When you look at numbers this way it tends to become comical and nonsensical.  However, Bargnani has been a great bargain for the only Canadian team.  Don’t think the other 29 teams would trade their $9 million dollar player for Andrea?  Bargnani makes $140,151 per game.

Honorable Mentions
Brandon Bass BOS ($4.5 million), Wesley Matthews POR($6.1 million), Dorell Wright GS ($3.8 million), Al Harrington DEN ($6.2 million), Tony Allen MEM ($3.1 million),  Chuck Hayes SAC ($5.2 million), Jeff Foster IND ($3 million)


Phila said...

any list without jeremy lin in it, is pointless.

Anonymous said...

nice article!
just wondered hey all will get much cheaper on a per day basis next season when there'll be 82 games again. It'd also be interesting to see how much injuries affect these numbers for injury prone players on a long term...

Jacob Noble said...

LOL @ Phila (clearly you missed the "excluding rookie contracts)

Actually my numbers are probably a little wrong because I didn't account that their salaries were prorated based on lockout. An oversight by me.

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