Fanservice (NBA underrated/overrated for 2009 Revisited)

Posted on 08/19/2010 by

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Reader Fred Bush asks:

“Love your blog.

Now, how about connecting the “replacement player” stats to salary? Sort all NBA players by 2010 salary, then compare their stats to replacement-level players at their position, and “replacement-level” salaries. See who’s the biggest bargain/who’s the most overpaid.”

We’re all about fanservice here and flattery gets you everywhere. I’m also still on travel and have no time for a long post so here are the WORP inaugural underrated/overrated for the 2009 Regular Season ( I will add 2010 after Prof. Berri completes his regular yearly article, its one of my favorite pieces and I wouldn’t want to step on it )

Too Subtle?

Here’s the list of the underrated:

The Bigs do exceedingly well on this list with Noah, Gasol, Camby  and the “clearly overpaid” Okafor (at least according to the pundits) jumping on to the list. If I’m a GM I would really,really love to have to take Okafor’s contract as the price for Chris Paul. Think about it, you get the best point guard alive and an above average center/pf as a “penalty”. God I love the NBA.

Here’s the list of the overpaid:

The bottom of the league remained pretty much the same.

My next post will  be on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Top 25 Underrated Players for the 2008-2009 Season
Player Salary Wins Produced Wins over Replacement Player Value of a Win Value over Average Value over Replacement Rank over Avg Rank over Replacement Delta
Chris Paul $          4.57 28.22 28.17 $1.76 $44.96 $44.87 1 1
LeBron James $        14.41 27.77 27.42 $1.76 $34.34 $33.72 2 2
Dwight Howard $        13.76 22.24 25.05 $1.76 $25.29 $30.21 4 3 1
Rajon Rondo $          1.32 17.23 17.18 $1.76 $28.93 $28.85 3 4 -1
David Lee $          1.79 14.14 16.95 $1.76 $23.03 $27.96 8 5 3
Brandon Roy $          3.08 15.28 14.24 $1.76 $23.74 $21.91 6 6
Troy Murphy $        10.13 19.07 18.13 $1.76 $23.35 $21.70 7 7
Dwyane Wade $        14.41 22.23 20.51 $1.76 $24.62 $21.59 5 8 -3
Gerald Wallace $          9.50 15.71 15.68 $1.76 $18.08 $18.02 10 9 1
Joel Przybilla $          6.31 11.73 13.66 $1.76 $14.27 $17.68 14 10 4
Paul Millsap $          0.80 10.90 10.04 $1.76 $18.34 $16.82 9 11 -2
Joakim Noah $          2.30 8.40 10.33 $1.76 $12.45 $15.83 23 12 11
Pau Gasol $         15.11 15.63 17.55 $1.76 $12.34 $15.70 26 13 13
Luis Scola $          3.10 9.78 10.59 $1.76 $14.07 $15.49 15 14 1
Kevin Love $          3.16 8.86 10.43 $1.76 $12.40 $15.14 25 15 10
Marcus Camby $        10.00 12.37 14.28 $1.76 $11.71 $15.07 29 16 13
Al Horford $          4.03 9.38 10.87 $1.76 $12.43 $15.05 24 17 7
Antonio McDyess $          3.00 10.98 10.27 $1.76 $16.28 $15.04 11 18 -7
Emeka Okafor $          9.54 11.00 13.60 $1.76 $9.76 $14.34 35 19 16
Ramon Sessions $          0.72 8.97 8.51 $1.76 $15.02 $14.22 13 20 -7
Dominic McGuire $          0.71 7.52 8.46 $1.76 $12.49 $14.14 22 21 1
Deron Williams $          5.07 10.89 10.84 $1.76 $14.04 $13.96 16 22 -6
Jamario Moon $          0.71 8.38 8.35 $1.76 $13.99 $13.94 17 23 -6
Kevin Durant $          4.48 10.51 10.47 $1.76 $13.97 $13.90 18 24 -6
Chris Andersen $          1.00 7.35 8.43 $1.76 $11.90 $13.81 27 25 2
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