PatsSoxKnicks

10-20-2010, 04:33 PM

I thought of a way of looking at the production vs. salary (or technically wins per salary). I'm not sure if its necessarily a good method (seems kind of simple and not that accurate) but I'll post what I did anyways. I know in baseball, fangraphs keeps track of WAR $ but I haven't really seen anyone keep track of production vs. salary in the NBA. Maybe there is a stat like WAR $ that I'm just missing.

It's from another thread where a comparison between Amare and Boozer came up. Let me know your thoughts.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=1&p1=stoudam01&y1=2010&p2=boozeca01&y2=2010

Actually, if we take their career WS/48 mins (.184 for Amare, .160 for Boozer), multiply by 1,000,000 (its just a coefficient, to make the numbers easier to read). Then we calculate WS/48 / (salary/82), we're getting their production per salary for 2010 based off career numbers.

salary salary/82 WS/48 WS/48 * 1000000 (WS/48 * 1000000) / (salary/82)

Amare 16486611 201056.2 0.184 184000 0.915167

Boozer 14400000 175609.8 0.160 160000 0.911111

Amare is slightly better.

We can also calculate the WS/48 per salary for an average player based on the fact that the average player makes 5.765 million (mid level exception) and the fact that the WS/48 for an average player is .100

http://www.basketball-reference.com/about/glossary.html

salary salary/82 WS/48 WS/48 * 1000000 (WS/48 * 1000000) / (salary/82)

average player 5765000 70304.9 0.100 100000 0.703049

Joe Johnson's production (over the last 3 years) per salary:

Joe Johnson 16324500 199079.2683 0.118 118000 0.592729

Or perhaps I should be looking at this as salary per production. For example, the league average player makes 703,049 per WS/48 for 1 game.

Edit:

Anyways, what I'm trying to get at is that it would be nice to have some sort of baseline as to what player X should be paid. We always hear so and so is overpaid but how do we really know unless we're looking at it from a statistical POV. I guess thats what I'm trying to do here.

It's from another thread where a comparison between Amare and Boozer came up. Let me know your thoughts.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=1&p1=stoudam01&y1=2010&p2=boozeca01&y2=2010

Actually, if we take their career WS/48 mins (.184 for Amare, .160 for Boozer), multiply by 1,000,000 (its just a coefficient, to make the numbers easier to read). Then we calculate WS/48 / (salary/82), we're getting their production per salary for 2010 based off career numbers.

salary salary/82 WS/48 WS/48 * 1000000 (WS/48 * 1000000) / (salary/82)

Amare 16486611 201056.2 0.184 184000 0.915167

Boozer 14400000 175609.8 0.160 160000 0.911111

Amare is slightly better.

We can also calculate the WS/48 per salary for an average player based on the fact that the average player makes 5.765 million (mid level exception) and the fact that the WS/48 for an average player is .100

http://www.basketball-reference.com/about/glossary.html

salary salary/82 WS/48 WS/48 * 1000000 (WS/48 * 1000000) / (salary/82)

average player 5765000 70304.9 0.100 100000 0.703049

Joe Johnson's production (over the last 3 years) per salary:

Joe Johnson 16324500 199079.2683 0.118 118000 0.592729

Or perhaps I should be looking at this as salary per production. For example, the league average player makes 703,049 per WS/48 for 1 game.

Edit:

Anyways, what I'm trying to get at is that it would be nice to have some sort of baseline as to what player X should be paid. We always hear so and so is overpaid but how do we really know unless we're looking at it from a statistical POV. I guess thats what I'm trying to do here.