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Best Bargains in the NBA

Forbes is back with another look at real value in the NBA. This week, they take a look at:

The Top 10 NBA Players for the Buck

Player Wins Produced Value ($M) Salary ($M)
LeBron James 27.2 $46.5 $15.8
Kevin Durant 19.7 $33.7 $4.8
Rajon Rondo 17.0 $29.0 $2.1
Jason Kidd 19.6 $33.6 $8.0
Gerald Wallace 19.4 $33.1 $9.1
Marcus Camby 18.5 $31.6 $7.7
Dwight Howard 22.3 $38.0 $15.2
David Lee 15.5 $26.5 $7.0
Lamar Odom 14.6 $25.0 $7.5
Al Horford 12.7 $21.8 $4.3

Source: Forbes.com

The methodology that was used for Forbes’ Most Overpaid List was also applied here, and computed by sports economist David Berri.  All calculations are based on last year’s numbers, so any new contracts or extensions that kicked in this year are not accounted for in this analysis.  The actual calculation is still solely in Mr. Berri’s mind and laptop (and possibly Deep Thought), but what you need to know is this:

  • NBA clubs spend an average of $1.7 million per win.
  • Player contribution to each win is a function of points, rebounds, turnovers, steals, assists, and shooting % per team possessions.
  • Multiply the wins produced by 1.7, and you get the actual value of the player to the franchise.

Pretty good deal.


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