Each Team’s Least Valuable Player

Each Team’s Least Valuable Player

  Everyone always talks about the best players per position, per league and per team. Endless articles are dedicated to Lebron and Durant, rightfully so, but what about the least valuable players? Who are the players on each team drawing a decent paycheck to just hang around the roster? Or perhaps they are expected to deliver but might not necessarily live up to their contracts. Some teams were very easy to pick out someone (Thunder) while some teams didn’t really have a bad contract/player in terms of value. Other teams had multiple people to choose from (Knicks), which made it difficult. All in all, I had to pick at least one player per team. Value can either be determined by how much you pay versus what you get out of a player or just by a player not being important to the team, their least valuable asset. Team – Player 2014/15 Salary 2013/14 PER  Let’s dive into the least valuable players for each team: Atlanta Hawks – Thabo Sefolosha $4,150,000 10.42 PER Thabo Sefolosha leads off our list. It’s not really his fault he is leading this off since I put the teams in alphabetical order. His best playing days are behind him. Thabo has always been viewed as a role player. He exploded two seasons ago offensively with the Thunder in terms of rating, not actual scoring. He had a 61% TS (Total shooting) but has since fallen. Hopefully for Atlanta, he can find this magic again. Boston Celtics – Gerald Wallace $10,105,855 10.02 PER Gerald Wallace is a no-brainer for least valuable player on the Celtics based...
Does The NBA Need To “Fix” The Game? Looking at Ways To “Fix” The Game

Does The NBA Need To “Fix” The Game? Looking at Ways To “Fix” The Game

There has been a lot of chatter regarding the NBA’s length of games and schedule recently.  With the recent news that the league is going to try out a 44 minute game, the NBA world has filled up with new ideas to shorten, or as some think, improve the quality of basketball. Let’s first look at the many, and I do mean many, proposals set forth by everyone involved in the sport. Shorten Games The league’s announcement of the experimental 44 minute game has to lead this off.  Previously, each team played 3,936 minutes per regular season (48 minutes x 82 games).  By removing 4 minutes per game, the league will save the player’s wear and tear a total of 328 minutes, or 6.8 games (48 min/game) to 7.5 games (44 min/game).  This option will keep the television contractors happy as they still receive 82 game seasons, the owners still get to sell tickets to 82 games and the players essentially play 7 less games a season.   There is even some talk of making the games only 40 minutes. (http://grantland.com/features/the-case-40-minute-nba-game/) Zach Lowe of Grantland, as usual, does a great job looking at all angles of the shorten games so I won’t bore you with repetitive points. Without a doubt the most logical solution to the NBA’s plan to save player’s miles, keep fans interested with a shorter game, and still cash in on all revenue opportunities. I understand the league’s premise to prevent injuries because having your stars in games will draw more fans to pay attention and watch. Shorten Season The other measures to improve the quality of...