Pistons Player Value

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Pistons Player Value

Contribution by M. Jones

I have always been fascinated by NBA contracts and evaluating if players are worth the money they receive.  NBA GM’s are considered to be some the biggest suckers when it comes down to paying free agents and ‘star’ players to come to their towns (with exception to the Yankees of the baseball world who are not subject to salary cap limitations).  My opinion has been fading on Joe Dumars, current Detroit Pistons General Manager. (https://motownmeltdown.wordpress.com/tag/joe-dumars-draft-day-analysis/) I wanted to see how his 2014 contracts (via Hoopshype.com) look at the current moment based on stat production (via ESPN.com) to determine which players are of the best value to the organization and the paying fans.   I developed a formula (Value to Date) that considers the contributions made per game based on average per game stats and the pay check received per games (82 game season).  The list below is in order from the most valuable to the least.

KEY:

M-Minutes, P-Points, R-Rebounds, A-Assists, S-Steals, B-Blocks and T-Turnovers

Net Contribution – Sum of points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game, less turnovers.

Value to Date – The way this works is the LOWER (VTD) the number the HIGHER the value per dollar that the player contributes on a per game basis.  Calculated by dividing the per game salary by the net contribution.

[Information below presents the Value Ranking, Player Name, 2014 Salary, Remaining Years Under Contract and Per Game Salary] 

1 – Kyle Singler – $1,045,000 – 1 more year at $1.1M – Per Game $12,744

Stats – Games Played-39, MPG-23.8, PPG-8.5, RBP-3.5, APG-0.6, SPG-0.4, BPG-0.5 and TPG-0.9 – Net Contribution – 12.6 – Value to Date – $1,011

2 – Andre Drummond – $2,462,400 – 3 more years between $2.6-$4.4M – Per Game $30,029

Stats – Games Played-39, MPG-32.6, PPG-12.7, RBP-12.7, APG-0.4, SPG-1.4, BPG-1.9 and TPG-1.4 – Net Contribution – 27.70 – Value to Date – $1,084

3 – Josh Harrellson – $884,293 – 1 more year at $948K – Per Game $10,784

Stats – Games Played-28, MPG-9.5, PPG-3.0, RBP-2.1, APG-0.5, SPG-0.2, BPG-0.5 and TPG-0.3 – Net Contribution – 6.0 – Value to Date – $1,797

4 – Greg Monroe – $4,086,453 – 1 more year at $5.5M – Per Game $49,835

Stats – Games Played-39, MPG-32.3, PPG-14.5, RBP-8.8, APG-1.9, SPG-1.9 BPG-0.5 and TPG-2.2 – Net Contribution – 25.40 – Value to Date – $1,962

5 – Will Bynum – $2,790,343 – 1 more at $2.9M – Per Game $34,029

Stats – Games Played-23, MPG-18.8, PPG-8.5, RBP-2.0, APG-2.8, SPG-0.8, BPG-0.2 and TPG-1.8 – Net Contribution – 12.5 – Value to Date – $2,722

6 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – $2,653,080 – 4 more years between $2.8-$5M – Per Game $32,355

Stats – Games Played-37, MPG-24.3, PPG-7.3, RBP-2.2, APG-0.9, SPG-1.0, BPG-0.1 and TPG-0.4 – Net Contribution – 11.1 – Value to Date – $2,915

7 – Brandon Jennings – $7,655,503 – 2 more years between $8-$8.3M – Per Game $93,360

Stats – Games Played-37, MPG-36.1, PPG-16.5, RBP-3.3, APG-8.4, SPG-1.54, BPG-0.08 and TPG-3.2 – Net Contribution – 26.62 – Value to Date – $3,507

8 – GiGi Datome – $1,750,000 – 1 more year at $1.75 – Per Game $21,341

Stats – Games Played-21, MPG-7.7, PPG-3.0, RBP-0.4, APG-0.8, SPG-1.2, BPG-0.3 and TPG-0.2 – Net Contribution – 5.50 – Value to Date – $3,880

9 – Chauncey Billups – $2,500,000 – 1 more year at $2.5M – Per Game $30,488

Stats – Games Played-18, MPG-16.7, PPG-3.9, RBP-1.5, APG-2.2, SPG-0.4, BPG-0.06 and TPG-1.3 – Net Contribution – 6.76 – Value to Date – $4,510

10 – Tony Mitchell – $490,180 – 2 more between $816-$947K – Per Game $5,978

Stats – Games Played-10, MPG-3.7, PPG-1.1, RBP-1.1, APG-0.1, SPG-0.1, BPG-0.2 and TPG-0.2 – Net Contribution – 1.3 – Value to Date – $4,598

11 – Rodney Stuckey – $8,500,000 – Final year of deal – Per Game $103,569

Stats – Games Played-31, MPG-25.0, PPG-13.6, RBP-2.2, APG-2.0, SPG-0.9, BPG-0.2 and TPG-1.2 – Net Contribution – 17.52 – Value to Date – $5,911

12 – Josh Smith – $14,000,000 – 3 more years at $14M – Per Game $170,732

Stats – Games Played-38, MPG-34.9, PPG-15.3, RBP-6.9, APG-3.4, SPG-1.5, BPG-1.5 and TPG-2.5 – Net Contribution – 26.10 – Value to Date – $6,541

13 – Peyton Siva – $490,180 – 1 more year at $816K – Per Game $5,978

Stats – Games Played-13, MPG-5.8, PPG-0.3, RBP-0.6, APG-0.6, SPG-0.2, BPG-0.1 and TPG-1.0 – Net Contribution – 0.8 – Value to Date – $7,473

14 – Jonas Jerebko – $4,500,000 – 1 more year at $4.5M – Per Game $54,878

Stats – Games Played-26, MPG-8.1, PPG-3.6, RBP-1.7, APG-0.4, SPG-0.3, BPG-0.08 and TPG-0.8 – Net Contribution – 5.28 – Value to Date – $10,390

15 – Charlie Villanueva – $8,580,000 – Final year of deal – Per Game $104,634

Stats – Games Played-13, MPG-9.1, PPG-4.8, RBP-1.6, APG-0.4, SPG-0.2, BPG-0.3 and TPG-0.5 – Net Contribution – 6.8 – Value to Date – $15,387

At the end of the day, it looks like the ‘bucket man’ is the most valuable player on the roster based on how much the paying fans are donating to the team. 

Oh, and Charlie V we see you failing all the way at the bottom.

To make the data above comparable across the league, i scanned the NBA and decided to compute a few more.  Some good values out there, and it looks like anywhere under $6K or so is usually a pretty strong value for a team.  And for fun i had to have Ben Gordon (yes Joe D gave him that deal).

Player Team 2014 Salary  Per Game Salary NC  VTD
1 Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia $2.2  $26,841 29.07  $923
2 Paul George Indiana $3.3 $40,024 32.53  $1,230
3 Avery Bradley Boston $2.5 $30,627 19.99  $1,532
4 Klay Thompson Golden State $3.3 $39,575 24.1  $1,642
5 Kyrie Irving Cleveland $5.9  $72,144 29.43  $2,451
6 Kevin Love Minnesota $14.7  $179,194 41.14  $4,356
7 James Harden Houston $13.7  $166,692 32.69  $5,099
8 Kevin Durant Oklahoma City $18.8  $228,941 42.63  $5,370
9 Joe Johnson Brooklyn $21.5  $261,789 21.73  $12,047
10 Ben Gordon Charlotte $13.2  $160,976 7.45  $21,607

 

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