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el_primo_nano
12-10-2010, 01:56 PM
I found this article to be very interesting in the business aspect of the game. Im not surprised Lebron is worth that much, he will lose value this year though..


Sports Business
The NBA's Best For The Buck
Tom Van Riper, 12.07.10, 12:00 PM EST
Even at $15.8 million, LeBron James was the league's most underpaid player last year.
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Cleveland has been in quite a huff. The selfish, ungrateful King, LeBron James, abandoned the city, taking his talents to South Beach. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert went ballistic, fans burned his jersey and then turned LeBron's return last week with the Miami Heat into an insult-fest akin to a George W. Bush visit to Berkeley.

Talk about ungrateful. Instead of vilifying James, Clevelanders ought to be thanking him for the great ride. Gilbert should be thanking him too--the salary he doled out to James was a pittance compared to the victories and money that rolled in during his Cleveland reign.

Yes, at $15.8 million, LeBron was the NBA's most underpaid player in 2009-'10. At almost 30 points and nine assists per game, 50.5% shooting and 39 minutes a night on the floor, James produced more wins for his club (27.2) than any player in the league. All while earning less than Zach Randolph and Pau Gasol, and about the same as slightly lesser stars Dwight Howard and James' new Miami runningmate, Dwayne Wade. James edges out Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Boston's Rajon Rondo as the player who delivered the most for the money last season.

A couple of weeks ago we published our run-down of The NBA's Most Overpaid Players. For both lists we compared players' salaries to the number of wins they produced last season, as calculated by sports economist David Berri, author of the book Stumbling on Wins. Berri crunches points, rebounds, turnovers, steals, assists and shooting percentages per team possessions in a typical game, the better to account for how much a player's numbers are dictated by team style (an up-tempo team tends to play higher-scoring games, inflating its players' points and assists totals, for example). No methodology is perfect, to be sure, but one that looks at a player's overall game within the team concept is as accurate as any.

Adding up NBA payrolls shows that clubs spend an average of $1.7 million on each win, meaning that the 27.2 wins LeBron brought were worth $46.5 million in salary to the Cavaliers. That netted the club $30.7 million worth of wins above what they paid him.

Durant, an explosive forward who played more minutes and scored more points than any player in the league while grabbing seven rebounds a game last season, contributed 19.7 wins (worth $33.7 million in salary by the league-wide average) to the Thunder. His 2009-'10 salary: $4.8 million. Boston's Rondo, a fourth-year guard out of Kentucky, added a pair of young legs to the Celtics aging "Big Three " of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, reaching career highs last season in minutes, points, assists and shooting percentage while leading his club to within a game of the NBA championship. Rondo is credited with producing 17 wins for the Celtics ($29 million value) while earning just $2.1 million.

In fourth place: Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks. The aging point guard was worth 19.6 wins or $33.6 million, vs. a salary of $8 million.

The fifth-best player for the buck is Gerald Wallace of the Charlotte Bobcats, producing 19.4 wins worth $33.1 million on a salary of $9.1 million.

http://www.forbes.com/2010/12/07/lebron-james-rondo-durant-business-sports-nba-best-players-buck.html

This is the list of the most overpaid players, which also makes alot of sense
http://www.forbes.com/2010/11/23/nba-most-overpaid-players-business-sportsmoney-overpaid.html

Khalifa21
12-10-2010, 02:00 PM
I don't think guys on their rookie contract (Durant, Rondo) should be included... When deciphering value I think it's very hard to judge guys still on their rookie contract with 7/8/9 year vets on bigger deals.

Baller1
12-10-2010, 02:00 PM
Looks right to me. LeBron and Durant will both slide down this list come the end of next year though.

HoopsDrive
12-10-2010, 02:07 PM
Sounds about right.

xabial
12-10-2010, 02:13 PM
David Lee is NOT worth $26.5M. He's stat Filler and has poor Defense and No Blocks. He will NOT get you WINS.

Lamar Odom is Not worth $25M

Camby us Not Worth $31.6M He just Rebounds, and blocks.

Other then that its all good.

el_primo_nano
12-10-2010, 02:15 PM
Yea that Lee stat wasn't correct, but based on last year's numbers they projected him at that. Lamar is tough, he isnt worth $20 mil, but he is worth alot for a team like the Lakers coming off the bench..

Hawkeye15
12-10-2010, 02:15 PM
I don't think guys on their rookie contract (Durant, Rondo) should be included... When deciphering value I think it's very hard to judge guys still on their rookie contract with 7/8/9 year vets on bigger deals.

well, they should be, but with an "*", stating they are under rookie contract. But yeah, they should concentrate more on players who have outlived the early required deal, and go after the ones that were signed as free agents.

The list looks pretty good, both sides I guess

xabial
12-10-2010, 02:16 PM
LMAO Rashard Lewis got paid $18.9M for the year and they estimate he was worth $248,000

serrano275
12-10-2010, 02:21 PM
LMAO Rashard Lewis got paid $18.9M for the year and they estimate he was worth $248,000

Yup, we gotta live with that disaster of a contract for 3 more years. He's the Albert Haynesworth of the NBA. Once contrat season comes up he'll be averaging 35 points a game. Then he can be some one elses problem.

Dieheartjetsfan
12-10-2010, 02:24 PM
David Lee is NOT worth $26.5M. He's stat Filler and has poor Defense and No Blocks. He will NOT get you WINS.

Lamar Odom is Not worth $25M

Camby us Not Worth $31.6M He just Rebounds, and blocks.

Other then that its all good.

Most overvalued player in NBA. Gets u stats but if he starts for your team and plays big minutes you will not win....he is best suited to eb a bench player....he brings no defensive prescense and cant block shots.....

el_primo_nano
12-10-2010, 02:24 PM
LMAO Rashard Lewis got paid $18.9M for the year and they estimate he was worth $248,000

I've said it before, he is by far one of the worst signings ever. Talk about overpaying!?!? Him and Johnson..

xabial
12-10-2010, 05:32 PM
Yup, we gotta live with that disaster of a contract for 3 more years. He's the Albert Haynesworth of the NBA. Once contrat season comes up he'll be averaging 35 points a game. Then he can be some one elses problem.

If what you say is true then its really Two more years, because the third year is a contract year. Feeling Better? ;)

xabial
12-10-2010, 05:34 PM
Most overvalued player in NBA. Gets u stats but if he starts for your team and plays big minutes you will not win....he is best suited to eb a bench player....he brings no defensive prescense and cant block shots.....

Reminds me of Zach Randolph before he got traded to the grizzlies